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:

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup
Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.

Tesla factory workers pushing for a union just sent a list of demands to the company’s board
Tesla workers agitating for a union have gone to the company’s board to make their demands clear.

Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines
Alex, who insists that his hacking doesn’t violate Russian law, fancies himself a bit of a Robin Hood—a champion for the common man against an avaricious casino industry

If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?
The possibility that SoundCloud might disappear sent a shock through the web.

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Plan Isn’t as Crazy as SpaceX or Tesla
Elon Musk has got to be kidding.

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