Weekly Top Shares, 5-11-12


Here’s Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years
“The Web is dead,” writes Forbes tech contributor Eric Jackson. His apocalyptic statement provides the backdrop for a musing on the evolution and future of the Web, from the good ole days of “You’ve got mail!” through the SoLoMo revolution. “But with each new paradigm shift (first to social, now to mobile, and next to whatever else), the older generations get increasingly out of touch and likely closer to their significant decline,” Jackson writes. Companies that were once titans of the tech world (ahem! Yahoo?) are already shells of their former selves. The decline of Facebook and Google may not be far off…

The Daily Beast
Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!
In a hilarious – and profanity-riddled – commentary on economics, upward mobility and the American way, Stephen King shines a glaring spotlight on America’s superrich and says pony up the cash. Or don’t, and wait for the country to come crumbling down around us. Despite the charitable ways of many, most millionaires can’t be counted on to contribute to a cause, he points out, and therefore must be compelled to pay their fair share. “That’s called stepping up and not whining about it. That’s called patriotism, a word the Tea Partiers love to throw around as long as it doesn’t cost their beloved rich folks any money.” King always has had a way with words.

Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To Succeed
A throwback to one of last week’s top shared stories, this Forbes article reminds us that there more to intelligence than just being book smart. In fact, having emotional, moral and body intelligence are better predictors of success. So put down the textbook and grab the tennis racket or a friend to talk to this weekend. It could pay off down the road.


Adam Yauch, AKA MCA of the Beastie Boys, Dead at 47
Hard to believe the Beastie Boys have been around for more than three decades and we mourn the loss of a legend this week. Adam Yaunch, better known as MCA, passed away at only 47 years young after a battle with cancer. His music spanned generations and his charity spanned the globe. He will be missed. RIP MCA.


Surprising Player Tops NFL Salaries
Ever heard of Charles Johnson? If not, you should get to know him. He made $34 million last year. He’s probably got enough friends, but it’s worth giving it a shot. Funny how he’s one of the richest players in the NFL – he plays defensive end for the Carolina Panthers – and yet the average football fan couldn’t pick him out of a crowd.

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