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How Do You Make a Living, Niche Sport Photographer?

For John Todd: by owning a database of photos of the United States national soccer teams.


Explaining Gentrification: Global Jobs Versus Local Jobs

Gentrification spreads along the lines that link residential areas to the tradable jobs (health care, education, banking, technology) downtown.


Why Are So Many Silicon Valley Companies Valued in the Billions?

WhatsApp, Oculus, Instagram, Tumblr: These are just some of the technology companies recently valued at $1 billion or more. Whether we’re in a start-up bubble or not nobody can agree on, but one thing is certain: We have no idea what the future looks like, and an investment today could result in huge profits tomorrow.


The Secret History of Life-Hacking

How the cult of self-optimization was born on the factory floor—with a manager’s stopwatch in hand.


How Much Is Peace Actually Worth?

According to an emerging branch of economics, approximately $9.46 trillion.


Explaining Gentrification

There are more factors at play than just those related to the real estate market.


Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.


You, Yes You, Can Analyze Data, Too

What does it take to break into the growing field of data analysis? To start, you’ll need the Internet, a computer, and some basic math skills.


How the Labor Department Has Let Companies Off the Hook for Unpaid Internships

Four years after warning for-profit companies about unpaid internships, the agency has investigated relatively few employers for wage violations.


Why Won’t the Red Cross Tell Us How It Spent Donations After Superstorm Sandy?

Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear where exactly the money went.


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