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Flu deaths and spousal abuse spike during big sports events like the Super Bowl

Sports are wonderful, and can bring people together in unexpected ways. But when so many people get together in one place, bad things also multiply.

How to watch the Super Bowl online, for free

The biggest event in American television could also break records for live streaming video this year.

How Cadbury lost the right to sell its own chocolate in the US

Chocolate lovers, or at least a certain British-influenced subset of them, apparently are outraged that The Hershey Co.

Jay Z wants to sell you high-quality music subscriptions

Jay Z has been in an empire state of mind lately—last year, he acquired a champagne brand, and went to court to save the art of hip-hop sampling.

Nigeria’s giving Muhammadu Buhari—a military dictator—what he’s always wanted: A chance

On the last day of 1983, Nigerians woke up to find their democratically elected government gone. Major general Muhummadu Buhari declared the army had become “deeply concerned” about the conditions under which ordinary Nigerians were living.

This Michelin-star chef wants you to chew on this: No such thing as “Indian food”

NEW YORK—Hemant Mathur has been the force behind pretty much every hot, trendy Indian restaurant in New York City.

When your Facebook “like” is not a like

Facebook’s not convinced you always mean it when you hit “like.” On a continual quest to make news feeds more relevant to users, Facebook has tapped hundreds of people in the US to vet shared stories in a special version of the social network, hoping to extract insights to complement its news feed algorithm, according to Medium’s Steven Levy.

4 reasons you can’t give up on America’s exurbs (and it’s not just cheap gas)

Many an obituary has been written for the exurbs, that web of lawn and pavement that circles the outermost ring of most American cities.

If you live in France and don’t eat baguettes, you might be a terrorist

The French government, still reeling from a wave of terror attacks that began at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has embarked on a plan to spend $490 million on new security measures, including the recruitment of 1,100 police intelligence officers to help spy on at least 3,000 people who are constantly under surveillance as suspected threats in France.

The ocean is about to face a wave of extinction. Can anything be done?

Quartz and Marketplace are collaborating on a new podcast, and as a special preview, we’re releasing last week’s test episode.

Software that can publish every draft of a book simultaneously shows the true beauty of the creative process

Writing is an iterative process. This article, for example, was revised 16 times before publishing. Writers, however, tend not to show their creative process—the final product usually stands on its own, free from markups, strikethroughs or tracked changes. Gregory Mazurek, a computer programmer from New York, has used the tools from his day job to show that the process of writing, in his case a novel, can be just as important as the final product.

There will be a Super Bowl ad for avocados to go with your half-time guacamole this year

Amid all the flashy commercials for beer, burgers, lingerie, and cars, mostly from deep-pocketed corporations who can shell out millions for precious airtime during the Super Bowl on Sunday, there will be one 60-second spot for a humble fruit.

Maybe this is the real reason Apple made the iPhone bigger

Many of tech’s largest firms reported fourth-quarter earnings this week, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Yahoo, and Facebook.

Americans are too blinded by fandom to save football from destroying itself

Back at the start of the current American football season, the US’s favorite game was on its knees, mired in a series of unprecedented scandals.

67 years ago today, this is how the world’s press mourned Gandhi’s assassination

On Jan. 30, 1948 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, in Delhi.

Quartz Weekend Brief—Apple’s next trick, the global gender imbalance, the battle for Donetsk, addiction treatment

Many of tech’s largest firms reported fourth-quarter earnings this week, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Yahoo, and Facebook.

The markets hammered Greece, yes, again

Tough talk between Greece’s new left-leaning leadership and Greece’s foreign creditors—the “troika” of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank—made mincemeat of Greek markets this week.

A Moscow library containing rare UN documents, ancient Slavic texts, and 14 million books is on fire

The Moscow library known as INION—the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences—went up in flames on the evening of Jan.

Why Google’s earnings “miss” wasn’t actually that bad

Google’s fourth-quarter sales and earnings report yesterday fell short of expectations, and shares initially dipped in after-hours trading.

Turn that dial: the magic of Super Bowl ads is gone forever

Wow, this year’s Super Bowl ads were sure something, eh? That Snickers Brady Bunch/Danny Trejo spot was hilarious, as was the BMW one where former Today co-hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel riffed on their 1994 ignorance of the Internet.