Top 5 Reads of the Week | April 10, 2019

Top 5 Reads of the Week | GizmodoI Cut the ‘Big Five’ Tech Giants From My Life.
by Kashmir Hill | Gizmodo

“These companies are unavoidable because they control internet infrastructure, online commerce, and information flows. Many of them specialize in tracking you around the web, whether you use their products or not. These companies started out selling books, offering search results, or showcasing college hotties, but they have expanded enormously and now touch almost every online interaction.”

Top 5 Reads of the Week | A Wealth of Common SenseDividends Don’t Matter As Much As They Used To
by Ben Carlson | A Wealth of Common Sense

“I’m not saying dividend strategies don’t matter anymore; just that dividends don’t play as big of a role in market cap weighted U.S. indexes as much as they used to. It’s certainly possible dividend-based strategies or even those sectors with higher dividends could do better from here, especially given the strong run in tech stocks over the past decade or so. But it is fascinating to see witness the structural changes in the way dividends are viewed over time.”

Top 5 Reads of the Week | The Washington PostHospital viruses: Fake cancerous nodes in
CT scans, created by malware, trick radiologists

by Kim Zetter | The Washington Post

“Attackers could choose to modify random scans to create chaos and mistrust in hospital equipment, or they could target specific patients, searching for scans tagged with a specific patient’s name or ID number. In doing this, they could prevent patients who have a disease from receiving critical care or cause others who aren’t ill to receive unwarranted biopsies, tests and treatment.”

Top 5 Reads of the Week | BloombergThe Inverted Yield Curve Deserves
Better Scrutiny

by Myron Scholes and Ash Alankar | Bloomberg

“Objectivity should lead to questions about why the yield curve inverted, because an inversion caused by rising front-end rates is very different economically to one driven by falling back-end rates. The key difference is in the price of money.”

Top 5 Reads of the Week | Five Thirty Eight

When We Say 70 Percent, It Really
Means 70 Percent

by Nate Silver | FiveThirtyEight

“Calibration measures whether, over the long run, events occur about as often as you say they’re going to occur. For instance, of all the events that you forecast as having an 80 percent chance of happening, they should indeed occur about 80 out of 100 times; that’s good calibration. If these events happen only 60 out of 100 times, you have problems — your forecasts aren’t well-calibrated and are overconfident.”