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The Weekender: Prime shoppers ready for Rx, do you mean to text ‘ducking’ + a snooze of a bull market

Spotlighting original BirdDog reporting and why a few headlines from elsewhere matter for Tennessee.

Do you ever mean to text “ducking?” Photo by Hans Veth on Unsplash



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1. 85% of insured Amazon Prime members open to buying drugs on the site, Deutsche Bank says

Thomas Franck, CNBC

Amazon’s loyal shoppers are primed to buy prescriptions online, according to a study from Deutsche Bank. It will be a watershed moment that will reinvent how people engage with the healthcare system.


2. We’re Living in What May Be the Most Boring Bull Market Ever

Chris Nagi, Bloomberg

Come for thoughtful analysis on the stock boom and why companies are opting for private investment instead of IPOs. Then stay for the great writing that enlivens what could have been a tedious read.


3. Why the iPhone keyboard inserts ‘ducking’ into your texts, according to the person who designed it

Kif Leswing, Business Insider

Do you ever mean “ducking?”


4. Nearly half of Americans pay no federal income tax

Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

Disregard the headline. Yeah, I know, tax stuff is rarely interesting — unless you’re an accountant.

This is, however, a great explainer about how the federal income tax and payroll tax (i.e. Medicare withholdings) systems diverge — and what that means about who pays more of which tax.


5. European countries demand that publicly funded research be free

The Economist

An initiative called “Plan S” would prohibit scientists and researchers in 11 European countries who receive national research funding from publishing their findings in paywalled or subscription journals.

Science Europe put together Plan S as a way to ensure publicly funded research is publicly available. The Economist writes that by 2020 the change could “prevent papers from appearing in around 85% of periodicals, including some of the most esteemed, such as Nature and Science.”

Other reads

Wired: How the Weather Channel made that insane storm surge animation (that went viral)

The Daily Texan: Dell Medical School, City of Austin collaborate to improve community health

FierceHealthcare: PwC: The financial risks of hurricanes hospitals might not be prepared for


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