Friday Reads: Here Comes The THUNDERSNOW™

Friday reads ahead of the storm:

Google paid Apple $1 billion to be the search engine on your iPhone

Wow that's a ton of cash.

"The documents show that Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to be the preferred search engine on the iPhone, reported Bloomberg News. The two companies then agreed to share revenue — presumably from search ads — but it's not clear how the money was split."

The Dadspin Guide To The American Snow Day

"The reality is that a snow day is a warp in the cosmos: a black chasm of endless boredom and working-parent angst (WE ARE LOSING MONEY, PEOPLE)."

NYC's Secret Winter Weapon Is Named "Mitch"

Key point to understand about weather services (e.g., their primary task is to get you to pay attention (e.g., click or watch) - it is NOT to be accurate!

For example, a commercial weather service often will overstate the chances of rain, because if you schedule your BBQ for decent weather (30% chance of rain let's say) and it rains, you are PISSED, even though you knew there was a three in ten chance of rain! Who do you blame?!!!! That disincentivizes them to be accurate - which is what you really want (and if it rains three out of 10 times, that sucks).

That said, Mitch is the man.

Fender’s first line of earbuds debut, for pros and audiophiles

Seems cool.

The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy

Say what you will. I will be shoving q-tips in my ear canal for life. It's better than sex.