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What We’re Reading: July 26-Aug. 1

Mortgages from the USPS, broadband as freeways, and listing photos gone awry  

Flickr user Thomas CUELHO

Flickr user Thomas CUELHO

Imagine walking into your local post office, dropping off some mail, picking up some stamps and walking out with a mortgage. OK, so that’s a stretch, but legislation is wending its way through Congress to allow the postal service to offer “basic financial services.” Banks and credit unions are obviously less than thrilled by the thought of new competition.

The transportation budget is running dry. Congress has applied a patch, but who knows how long that will last. With the lack of progress in DC, maybe we should be thinking in broader terms. Eric Jaffe argues in the Atlantic’s Citylab that we should tackle broadband access as the new infrastructure program of the 21st century.

Sendhil Mullainathan deliberates on iPhone conspiracy theories and the limitations of “big data.” His point? Though never definitive, and invariably leaving one with more questions than answers, big data highlights correlations that prompt further study and analysis.

Pop up shops have been around for a few years now. They are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market. As more and more retail moves online, pop-up shopping is becoming more useful in giving consumers a tactile experience with merchandise before they buy.

The Amazon Kindle Flare is a parody, but sometimes it seems like people would buy this. Would you have it shout out you’re reading Shift?

Everyone knows that good listing photos are critical to drawing attention to your property. Unfortunately for one Texas man, one of his bathroom pics included more than just the sink and shower – it included his nude reflection in the mirror! Just another reason not to go the FSBO route!

Summer movie season is in full swing. Lots of novels are on their way to a screen near you. Want to be able to say ‘the book was better’ with confidence. Check out these upcoming titles and get a jump on Hollywood.

Weddings and vacation photos get photo-bombed—why not listing photos too? On the topic of pets: is Fluffy distraught because you couldn’t afford the pet suite? Send him to pet summer camp!

Dave

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