This week’s selection of interesting reads from around the web:
Pirates. The Economist examines the complex economics behind modern-day piracy, focusing on pirates and their financiers, businesses in near-by harbors, and even qat (narcotic plant) dealers.
Just 16 games? Now that the baseball season is over, one fan ponders what the sport would look like if a season was only 16 games long.
Technology. Mashable highlights 10 good apps for people traveling abroad. The apps help travelers locate essentials like restrooms and doctors, and cope with tasks like converting currency and translating languages.