Something for the weekend: some of our favorite things

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We hope you enjoyed the stories on FT Edit this week, from a damning expose from troubles at TikTok – which led to one of the company’s top executives quitting – to the intriguing story of Google co-founder Sergey Brin secret project to build a vast electric airship.


Arrange the eight

Picking eight stories a day from all that is written by hundreds of FT correspondents around the world is a challenge our team of editors appreciate – and sometimes disagree with. Here are our personal favorites from the past week:

Who would be brave enough to take a small but historic American hotel chain and grow it from 58 properties to over 1,100 amid the coronavirus pandemic? And why? If you’ve ever stayed at a chain hotel, you’ll want to read this deep dive by Brooke Masters who really gets into the skin of the industry and its future.
Malcolm Moore, Editor, FT Edit

Compromising and keeping the peace is my birthright as a middle child. And—surprise! — I did my shift as a member of middle management, a much maligned and often underestimated group. Maybe that’s why I mentally made my way this illuminating column explore how to be a good middle manager and why this role is crucial in our increasingly hybrid workplaces.
Elizabeth Pears, Deputy Editor, FT Edit

I’m far from a petrolhead (what kind of car do I have? Uh…a gray one) but this piece on the revival of Porsche by trial, error and accident is a perfect example of how a compelling story, well told, can surprise you – that’s exactly what FT Edit is.
Hanna Rock, Deputy Editor, FT Edit

Our favorite fact of the week. . .

Thomas Jefferson was an early pioneer of the “do less to do more” philosophy when, in 1776, the future president inserted a spindle and casters under his Windsor chair to create the world’s first swivel chair. Of The best chair for the job might not be what you think


Listen: our selection of FT podcasts

hot money Episode 1: Porn meets the Internet

Porn accounts for 8% of global internet traffic, but who owns all the porn sites? The FT’s new podcast aims to answer that question. Here is the first episode on how the internet changed the porn industry forever.

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Work/money clinic How I got a 36% raise

Now a podcast you can use. Last November, FT editor Claer Barrett offered advice to three people who thought they owed more money. She checks in with them to see how their pay packets have grown.

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behind the money ESG Whistleblowing

Investing in companies with ESG (environment, social and corporate governance) credentials is the fastest growing sector of asset management. But last week German police raided a major asset manager over allegations that it inflated its ESG credentials. Behind the Money speaks to the whistleblower who started it all.

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Netflix who?

This week of FT Films we enjoyed Game on: How tech companies are banking on the metaverse. As big tech vies to create the next generation of the Internet, gaming has become a key battleground. The FT explores how gaming has become so important and whether it could be the gateway to this new world. Or will regulation, integration and simple reality get in the way?

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