BuzzFeed just launched their new business section, which will be edited by Peter Lauria, formerly of Thomson Reuters. BuzzFeed gets a lot of guff sometimes, but I appreciate that they integrate serious, reported pieces in with their goofy, fun lists. The business section’s new staff includes former reporters from The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times Group. Welcome!
An app to help you vote with your dollars. Scan an item and Buycott will show you its corporate family tree. Join user campaigns to help you avoid products with GMO or buy products that support causes you believe in. Made me think of Josh Eidelson’s rule for supporting boycotts: he does it when the workers have called for a boycott of the company.
The Times interviewed Billfold pal Helaine Olen, Julie Nelson, the chairwoman of the economics department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Tahira K. Hira, a professor of personal finance and consumer economics at Iowa State University and a few others about how women know more about money than what the financial services industry claims. It’s on point.
Bill Gates is the richest man today.
ProPublica and Marketplace looked into the world of installment loans and investigated how lenders make money off of selling high-interest loans to low-income Americans.
“Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned. The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.”
One of my favorite things as a reader is to see a short, newsy story reported in the newspaper turn into a nice, in-depth magazine feature a year or so later (I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the things I do outside of this blog is work at Longreads).