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How to Launder Money, What Carl Icahn Really Wants and More #Mustreads

Now you can go to jail too, just like a real mobster!


Happy Friday!

Here’s some good Internet stuff to help you close out the work week, brought to you by Re/code:

  1. Odds are you’ve probably seen a TV show or two where money laundering happens. And now you too can be Tony Soprano, with this guide from Business Insider. And if you’re still having trouble figuring out where to put your ill-gotten gains, here’s a YouTube video using different Hollywood movies to further explain the concept.
  2. Activist investor/greenmailer/wealthy man with a blog Carl Icahn unveiled his big open letter to Tim Cook, which turned out to be a plea for a share buyback to make Carl Icahn even richer. For the best take on Icahn’s letter, head over to Bloomberg View and read Matt Levine’s column. Levine takes apart the letter piece by piece, putting Icahn’s ploy in digestible terms.
  3. Vice correspondent Danny Gold is in Liberia, reporting on the ebola outbreak in the region. His half-hour long documentary on the crisis, “The Fight Against Ebola,” is brutal and frank.
  4. As an editor of Gawker in the mid-2000s, Emily Gould was one of the proto-bloggers whose style and influence can be felt across new media today. Yesterday on Twitter, she asked people to send her their favorite “blog posts” (“not ‘longreads,’ but just straight-up BLOGGING”), and the replies are lots of golden Internet oldies.
  5. Y Combinator co-founder Sam Altman is “curating” a class at Stanford called “How to Start a Startup.” Each week Altman brings in a different guest, and this week’s was Peter Thiel. In a refreshing bit of candor, Thiel said that the goal of every startup should be becoming a monopoly, and that competition is overrated. All the lessons are webcasted and put on YouTube, including this one.

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