Warren Buffett on Berkshire & America

In an extensive interview, the "Oracle of Omaha" discusses who might soon take his job and what he thinks the broader outlook is for the American economy.

Warren E. Buffett gave Vanity Fair an 11-hour tour of Omaha, talking about his succession plans, Berkshire culture, what he hates most about his job, and the "10 most immortal words in the history of economics." "This much is known: the roles of the chief investment officer … and the chief executive officer … both of which are now filled by Buffett, will be split between at least two people, and probably more," writes Bethany McLean, contributing editor at the magazine. In an article set to be published in the magazine on Thursday, Ms. McLean draws up a list of the usual suspects to replace Mr. Buffett as C.E.O.

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  • About 3.1 million individuals could lose their job to self-driving cars.
  • A.I. is not a monolith. It makes a lot of mistakes.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

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  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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