Apple's web of tax shelters saved it billions, panel finds "Even as Apple became the nation's most profitable technology company, it avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen... Apple was able to, in effect, make them stateless — exempt from taxes, record-keeping laws and the need for the subsidiaries to even file tax returns anywhere in the world."
Syphilis: How the French disease conquered the world "Detective work by writers such as Deborah Hayden count Schubert, Schumann, Baudelaire, Maupassant, Flaubert, Van Gogh, Nietzsche, Wilde and Joyce with contentious evidence around Beethoven and Hitler. Her larger question – how might the disease itself have affected their creative process – is a tricky one." (Sarah Dunant)
The man who nearly broke the internet "Kamphuis displayed a Napoleonic sense of grandeur. 'He claimed he had diplomatic status,' said the Spanish police officer who led the operation. 'He said he was the telecommunications minister and foreign minister of a place called the Cyberbunker Republic. He didn't seem to be joking.'"