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The New York Times
– Jul 24, 2019, 12:05 PM
DoorDash is the most popular food delivery service in the country, a freakishly fast-growing unicorn valued at $7 billion just six years after its founding, backed by some of Silicon Valley's and Saudi Arabia's leading investors. I'll slinkingly…
francine hardawayYes, it is. This is having an unbelievable effect on the economy.
Polly Murray, in the 1960s and '70s, was a mother of four with an old house on several acres in Lyme, Connecticut. In the summer, her kids built forts in the woods; they ice-skated on frozen cow ponds in the winter. The Murrays had an idyllic life…
francine hardawayI have a friend who has chronic Lyme. I thought it was more widely recognized by now.
This afternoon, the House of Representatives approved an anti-robocalling measure, dialing up the heat that Congress has been pressing on telecoms and the Federal Communications Commission due to the onslaught of harmful calls over the past few…
francine hardawayWhat a gift. Hope it passes the Senate.
When Apple announced the pending departure of Chief Design Officer Jony Ive last month, it threw the spotlight on an executive few outsiders know: Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, who has now also taken over the company's legendary design…
By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business
– Jun 27, 2019, 11:40 AM
New York(CNN Business) Walmart has monopolized the grocery business across the United States and should be forced to sell off some of its stores, an advocacy group charged in a scathing report released Thursday. Walmart is the nation's largest…
francine hardawayHow do YOU feel about this? I wonder if they can be forced back into the past.
Los Angeles Times
– Jul 25, 2019, 4:00 AM
Since at least February, DoorDash drivers have known the company was at times dipping into their tips to cover their base pay. But it wasn't until Tuesday night that the on-demand meal delivery service said it would stop. What changed? More…
francine hardawayConvenience has become the major meme in our society. It now overwhelms everything, including privacy.
At 6:29 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, my wife and I discovered a pristine In-N-Out Double-Double lying face up on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. As a huge In-N-Out Burger fan, this was a startling and somewhat horrifying discovery. Was this…
francine hardawayThis is the kind of cute, light story that used to run in sophisticated magazines. I've included it because we have too few enjoyable stories now.
[d.] the deductible
– Jun 30, 2019, 7:05 AM
Three weeks ago I posted a comment here about a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court in the case of Warren v. Dinter. In that case, the court held, by a 5-2 margin, that hospitalists (and, therefore, the hospitals they work for) can be sued for…
francine hardawayA very interesting take on what it means when there are so many intermediaries in the doctor patient relationship.
Amazon has quietly put together a syndicate including Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan to provide better and more affordable health care for their combined 1.2 million workers. The joint effort, called Haven, makes sense because many companies of…
francine hardawayWhoa! This is incredible. If anyone can do this, it will be Bezos, because he can make a deal with the pharmaceutical companies because of PillPack.
Wall Street Journal
John D. Stoll
– Jun 21, 2019, 2:30 AM
I've been a Mount Everest junkie since college, and the 11 deaths there this season got me wondering about risk and death and, oddly enough, the fiduciary responsibility that corporate leaders have to stay alive. When I saw those photos of climbers…
francine hardawayAll of life is risky. So? There are all kinds of risks we don't know are risks.