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John E. Branch Jr.
Sixth-generation Texan into tech & culture, now living in the great state of New York City.
Sixth-generation Texan into tech & culture, now living in the great state of New York City.

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Every day, a little farther down the rabbit hole.

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[Accidentally posted this privately yesterday—meant to make it public.]

Wait—what was that again? I read this yesterday:

A Microsoft study found that since 2000, our attention spans have been cut by 25 percent -- to shorter than that of a goldfish.

(From the “If you read only 1 thing” item in Friday’s Axios AM newsletter, which is at

An explanation for why there's no writing by me on my blog this week:

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Want smart brevity in your news? It’s launch day for @axios, which aims to provide it. Check it out: 

Here’s someone who’s immune to FOMO. It's the Quote of the Day from this morning’s MIT Tech Review email:

“SnapFace and all that, I don’t really get those. I’m just really worried about getting our team ready to go. I’m not really too worried about what they put on InstantChat, or whatever it is.”
— Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, says that he can get along just fine without all that social media, thank you very much.

(Full text at

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“The first [X] of the Trump era” is a thing and maybe has been for a while. BuzzFeed called Patriots Day “The First Movie of Trump’s America.”

Today’s reason why I love Mike Allen and his Axios AM newsletter:

Oxfam, the anti-poverty group, found a clever way to quantify the .01%, in a report timed for tomorrow's opening of Davos: Eight men own half the world's wealth. The billionaires named in the report, who together have the same wealth as 3.6 billion people, are: 1) Microsoft founder Bill Gates; 2) Spain's Amancio Ortega, founder of Inditex fashion (Zara); 3) Warren Buffett; 4) Mexico's Carlos Slim; 5) Amazon's Jeff Bezos; 6) Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg; 7) Oracle's Larry Ellison; and 8) former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

(To follow the links or see the full text of today’s newsletter, go to
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