What I’m Reading: A Friday Link Roundup

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting – Bloomberg
Despite the obvious rise in smartphone-related road fatalities, the actual numbers are far lower than what they should be due to how police departments document crashes.

How Is This a Thing? – Lies, Damn Lies, and Startup PR
Using the Juicero as an example, the author talks about how it, and startups like it, get funded by venture capitalists. Entertaining and enlightening read.

The great thaw of America’s north is coming – BBC News
Things don’t look good for Alaska’s permafrost, the communities that live on it, and the ancient carbon stored inside of it.

‘This is very alarming!’ Flying insects vanish from nature preserves – The Washington Post
Fewer bugs going splat on your windshield than they used to? Well, you’re not imagining things. Flying insects are on the decline – down by 76% in some places.

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare – Fast Company
A look at the dark, disturbing world of e-commerce, affiliate marketing, and review sites. Researching a large purchase any time soon? Better plan on upping your due diligence game.

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