04.28.13 3:00 AM ET
The Best Long Reads in Business and Finance for the Week of April 27
Undercover Police Stings Target Front Lines Of Stolen iPhone Market
Gerry Smith, Huffington Post
Seventh and Market Street in San Francisco might be the geographic center of the tech world. It’s also “San Francisco’s primary open-air market for stolen electronics,” and now it’s crawling with cops pretending to fence stolen iPhones.
What If We Never Run Out of Oil?
Charles Mann, The Atlantic
Is the energy source of the future trapped underneath the sea floor? The promise and perils of methane hydrates
Thrown for a Curve in Rhode Island
Matt Bai, The New York Times
After Curt Schilling’s ended his baseball career, he became well known for his conservative politics. Now he’s at the center of a state-run boondoggle that funded his failed video games company
How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain
Steven Levy, Wired
What is the chief evangelist for artificial intelligence doing at the most powerful and innovative technology company in the world?
Inside the offbeat economics department that debunked Reinhart-Rogoff
Dylan Matthews, Washington Post
In 1973, economist Samuel Bowles was denied tenure at Harvard. Along with four fellow radical economists, he moved to U-Mass Amherst and founded the most important heterodox economics department in the country which last week scored its biggest victory – against two Harvard economists.