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Book excerptsAn excerpt from “Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed From Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas” by Marc Levinson. (wsj.com)An excerpt from “Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside” by Xiaowei Wang. (vox.com)An excerpt from “The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World” by Virginia Postrel. (wsj.com)An excerpt from “A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day (And Know Nothing About)” by Spike Carlsen. (thedailybeast.com)Women in techHow Alicia Boler Davis helped guide Amazon ($AMZN) through the pandemic. (fortune.com)A profile of Maddie Stone who works in Google’s ($GOOGL) Project Zero to squash cyber exploits around the globe. (wired.com)A Q&A with Ellen Pao on why the big social media companies are happy with the status quo. (nybooks.com)Twitter’s ($TWTR) head of legal, policy and trust, Vijaya Gadde, is dealing with the most controversial issues surrounding speech and politics. (politico.com)ProfilesA profile of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell who has by all accounts outperformed expectations. (nymag.com)A profile of Uber ($UBER) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi who in addition to dealing with the pandemic is having to defend the company’s business model. (ft.com)EnvironmentOff the coast of southern California are hundreds of thousands of barrels of banned pesticide DDT. (latimes.com)This Kansas community was devastated by a tornado. It built itself back up with a focus on sustainability. (washingtonpost.com)Why it’s getting harder, and more expensive, to mine gold. (bbc.com)LongreadsAmanda Mull, “Americans have no common conception of the pandemic, which means you can’t assume that someone you’ve trusted for years isn’t about to expose you to a

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