Hi! Welcome back to Insider Weekly. This is Lisa Ryan, the editorial head of newsletters here at Insider, subbing in for Matt Turner again this week. We've got a roundup of some of our best reads for you.

On the agenda today:

But first: Let's hear what Insider's Eric Bates has been up to. He joined us last year after a storied career at magazines such as Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, and his work as an editor has won many of journalism's top honors, including seven National Magazine Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Features. Now, he heads our Discourse team. So without further ado … 

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A note from the Discourse desk

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I'm Eric Bates, the editor of Insider's new Discourse team. Our stories usually blend a lot of elements: big ideas, personal observations, data analyses, and good old-fashioned reporting. Some are essays or explainers; others are profiles or features. But whatever the subject or style, we aim to make them all smart, incisive, fair, and compelling. When they work best, they make you think about something in a whole new way.

If you read this newsletter regularly, you've probably seen a lot of our work. We've done some deep dives into fascinating issues and trends, including the history of hustle culture and the twilight of the tech gods. We've exposed a wide range of scams, including higher education, title insurance, and flying cars. We've delved into true-crime tales, such as the rise of "virtual kidnapping." And one of our stories — Jack Hitt's essay on the roots of denialism — just received the New York Press Circle Award for Best Commentary.

We've assembled a team of top-notch editors and writers who bring a wealth of experience to our stories. So keep an eye out for us over the summer — we've got a lot of incredible stories in the works that I think you'll enjoy.

And on that note: The first featured story in today's newsletter comes from the Discourse team's Linette Lopez. 

Elon Musk's rants could signal a bigger problem

Musk has been talking about a lot of stuff lately: Twitter bots (an issue the company said it'd try to work on with him), President Joe Biden, a looming recession, and the supposed evils of working from home. 

But Linette Lopez, a senior correspondent at Insider, says all of Musk's recent outbursts are simply misdirections that point the public away from underlying problems with Tesla.

Read the full story here:

Could Netflix buy Roku?

Anthony Wood, Roku's CEO, speaking at Tribeca X on June 18, 2021, in New York City. Foto: Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival

Inside Roku, a video-streaming platform operator that's suffered a punishing stock plunge in recent months, employees are buzzing about the possibility of an acquisition by Netflix.

And Roku workers aren't the only ones chattering about a deal: Experts told Insider that as Netflix looks to introduce advertising to its services, buying Roku could be an auspicious move.

Read the full story here:

Nab some real estate with these co-ownership companies

From left: Jeff Lyman, Kurt Avarell, and James Sukhan, the founders of Ember. Foto: Ember

A trend of "fractional ownership" allows almost anyone to purchase or invest in real estate. Properties listed in locations such as Manhattan, California, Florida, and Mexico have been "selling out in less than 24 hours," one CEO told Insider. 

But critics say these are merely timeshares masquerading under a new, fancy name. Still, these companies offer a low-barrier entry. Others ask for only a $100 contribution. Could you have your slice of pie and eat it too?

Read the full story here:

'Another SoftBank-backed company is imploding' 

Foto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Rebecca Zisser/Insider

The smart-glass company View is becoming a cautionary tale that highlights the inherent risks in the SPAC market. Insiders, including former employees and bankers, told us that "the company burned cash and struggled with product failures for years."

Employees pulled back the curtain on the company's work culture, where the CEO has been dubbed "Chairman Rao." View is now involved in a pending class-action lawsuit and runs the risk of being delisted by Nasdaq.

Read the full story here:

This week's quote:

"Clark was brilliant, but he was soulless, like a machine, ruthless in a certain sense, and didn't have the human-connection part."

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