A now-implausible “What if?” scenario — what happens to the global economy if the US government pays of all of its debt?

How much economic growth is the US throwing away by not liberalizing its immigration policy? Michael Clemens argues trillions of dollars. Via Matthew Yglesias.

In the spirit of Last Year’s Model, Ars Technica reviews an original iPod on its tenth birthday.

The life of a maker of Windows machines:

Microsoft and Intel were also petitioned to allow greyscale versions of their respective product logos. ASUS’ request was also approved, which is why you see less obnoxious Intel inside and Windows 7 stickers on the Zenbook.