Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, March 26

by March 26, 2015

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Facebook is making big moves. On Wednesday we wrote about how the world’s largest social network is trying to change the way we read news. Later that day, Facebook announced plans to revolutionize its messaging system by letting third party developers use it as a platform. Here’s another tidbit of news that fell through the cracks: Mark Zuckerberg and company is also in talks with Vice, The Onion and Vox Media to produce high quality short-form videos, according to The Information. It has been a big week in Menlo Park, Calif.

Football on the Internet. A NFL game has never been broadcast online, but that’s about to change. On Monday the league announced that its selling the rights to its week seven matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars to the highest digital bidder, the Wall Street Journal reports. The game is scheduled to be played in London at 9:30 am ET so it airs during Chinese primetime, a market that the NFL is trying to break into.

Jay Z and Taylor Swift. Remember when Swift decamped Spotify in a hurry last year? Now listeners can stream the pop star’s music on Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal. Here’s the catch: Swift’s latest album, 1989, won’t be available to Tidal users. So, if you really want to listen to songs like “Welcome to New York” or “Shake It Off,” you’ll have to go on Youtube or buy a physical copy of her album.

75 days without fossil fuels. Costa Rica went the first 75 days of 2015 without burning coal, oil or any other fossil fuels to produce electricity, Vox writes. A number of different renewable energy sources were used to accomplish this feat, but hydropower accounted for most of the country’s output thanks in part to heavy rains that allowed its hydroelectric plants to run above capacity. The chart below, via Vox, illustrates how Costa Rica generates its electricity.