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The Real Problem With the Ice Buckets, True Stories of a Celebrity Bakery and More Morning #Mustreads

You want a contrary take on the world's favorite charitable meme? Here you go.

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Good morning!

Here are some of the pieces we’re catching up on at Re/code:

  1. Matthew J.X. Malady has a column at The Awl called “Tell Us More,” where he interviews people with interesting and often hysterical personal stories. This week’s subject, funny Twitter person Becca Laurie, talks about the time she worked at a bakery with a celebrity clientele, with anecdotes about Mary Kate Olsen, Billy Joel and Lindsay Lohan.
  2. College football is here. For casual fans, or people who want to pretend they are casual fans at the office, Sports on Earth has the best preseason top 25 analysis.
  3. The Week has a list of 11 scientific studies showing humans are sometimes, maybe, not the absolute worst. A selection of the research-supported findings: “Rarely in life are you limited by your genes” and “Sometimes, empathy beats objectivity.”
  4. Come on. Twitter’s changes to its timeline policy aren’t really that big of a deal, right? The New York Times’s Farhad Manjoo thinks otherwise.
  5. The #ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is Still. Going. Strong. In Slate, the always sharp Felix Salmon argues that this is a problem. While most Ice Bucket critics complain about the meme’s narcissism-promoting tendencies, Salmon says there are much bigger issues here, and they have to do with money.

If you see any stories you’d like to send our way (or have any questions/comments about stories we’ve recommended), feel free to shoot an email to

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