Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on leakers
Former NSA agents, secrecy members on product teams, and a screening apparatus bigger than the TSA.

Supertasters Among the Dreaming Spires
Are wine connoisseurs scientists or charlatans?

How do you draw a circle?
We analyzed 100,000 drawings to show how culture shapes our instincts

These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs
At the autonomous driving startup Starsky Robotics, the present and future of U.S. employment ride in the same cab.

Your Fidget Spinner is Reshaping the Retail Industry
As trending gadgets are sold directly from Chinese manufacturers to American consumers, traditional middlemen and regulators struggle to keep up.

The World is Running Out of Sand
It’s one of our most widely used natural resources, but it’s scarcer than you think.

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