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.

Every Monday, we 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 to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Big in Japan

The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be.

making kit Kat candy bar

How to Work a Night Shift

Schedule your nights as though they were days. The world won’t be broadcasting the passage of time at you with school bells, lunch specials, happy hours and traffic.

How to Work a Night Shift

The U.S.-China Trade War Means Alibaba Is Producing Its Own Chips

The e-commerce company will design semiconductors to help support its cloud and AI businesses.

The U.S.-China Trade War Means Alibaba Is Producing Its Own Chips

This AI Startup Generates Legal Papers Without Lawyers, and Suggests a Ruling

Prometea learned from about 300,000 scanned documents from past cases.

This AI Startup Generates Legal Papers Without Lawyers, and Suggests a Ruling

The AI Cold War That Threatens Us All

In the decisive span of a few months, the Chinese government had given its citizens a new vision of the future, and made clear that it would be coming fast.

The AI Cold War That Threatens Us All

Structural Typography

Type as both language and composition

typography

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