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What we're reading: fantasy falters but reality inspires hope

By NexChange
Lifestyle, 4:01

A warning for bubble investors, a disgruntled banker, a cure for ISIS, a list to reflect on and a happy tale of human resilience.

The fantastic rise and fall of daily fantasy sports: A salutary lesson for venture capitalists as the FBI and US Justice Department investigate the business models of FanDuel and DraftKings. A relentless pursuit of customers with the promise of huge prizes, all funded by investors frightened about being left behind. The Wall Street Journal

Another banker in court, but this one thinks he was screwed. A Dutch derivatives trader tells a British employment tribunal that he was fired so his boss could take the credit for his idea to save Barclays £51.5 million and boost his own bonus. Who would’ve thought that such machinations take place in the City? The Daily Telegraph

Blocking financing to ISIS. Efforts to train and equip anti-Islamic State fighters have failed, so the U.S. and the West need to focus on choking financial support for ISIS. Nothing else has worked and besides, military action has been mired in confused objectives and has fuelled the misery for Syrians. Funding could well be ISIS’s Achilles Heel. The New York Times

10 things you can’t live without. Okay, unlike the author my life would not be impaired by the absence of polka dots or red lipstick, but the list gives pause for thought. Even better, try to compile your top-ten without including anything techy. The Huffington Post

Young Spanish entrepreneurs show creativity and initiative. Despite economic crisis and massive unemployment, the youth of Andalucía are combining new technology with old traditions to make their way. Time for the tourists to return and enjoy the beaches while gorging on locally produced food. The Spectator
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