Recent reading (7 links for August 27)




Occasionally I post a round-up of articles I found noteworthy. Since the plugin I usually use to generate these blog posts has ceased working, it’s been a while. So here’s a whole bunch of reading goodness.


  • Without the option of privacy, we are lost by David Meyer/Gigaom.
    Great read on the importance and nuances of privacy and the two aspects freedom of speech: the freedom to speak publicly to inform others, and privately to inform ourselves. (link)
  • Why 3D printing is set to explode in 2014
    With the patents on laser sintering running out in early 2014, we’re likely going to see 3D printing go to a whole new level. (Incidentally, Gartner puts 3D printing at the peak of expectations in their recent hype cycle.) (link)
  • The Hardware Tsunami Is Here. Know What It Takes To Build A Great Hardware Company.
    Top-level overview of what to pay attention to when building a hardware product. (link)
  • Considering a move to Berlin?
    Then these two posts might be helpful: Things They Don’t Tell You About Berlin by Katie Needs and the Guide for Moving to Berlin (2012). You’re welcome.
  • explained
    Interesting take on ambient audio as an interface choice, specifically for monitoring of background processes. Good stuff. (link)
  • The Psychological PRice of Entrepreneurship
    Very good text on the mental side of running your own business. Everybody with their own company will have been there at some point. Spoiler: The trick is to not define your feeling of self-worth through your work. (link)
  • Experimentation is the new planning
    FastCompany with some background on the logic, strategy and data of experimentation and corporate R&D. (A topic I’ve briefly touched upon in my recent T3N article, too.) (link)

Recent reading (6 links for August 5)


Sunset from the plane


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The Ecuadorian Library
Bruce Sterling (of course!) with a solid, spot on take on the state of affairs of… well… y’know it’s hard to define if the lines between surveillance, civil society and globalization are so blurry. You’ve been warned. – by Bruce Sterling (link)  


How Vice Hacked Google Glass To Tell Crisis Stories
Vice Magazine’s Tim Pool with some neat implementations of Google Glass for crisis reporting. (link)  


When it comes to the internet of things, Europe’s holding its own — Tech News and Analysis
GigaOm on the European Internet of Things. – by Stacey Higginbotham (link)  


O.K., Glass
If you like Shteyngart, you’ll enjoy his reports from a week in NYC with Google Glass. – by Gary Shteyngart (link)  


Scientist banned from revealing codes used to start luxury cars
Great example of how to get security really, really wrong as an industry. First, they implement weak security. Then when it’s cracked and analyzed for scientific purposes, they try to shut down the publication instead of improving their security – leaving their customers standing in the rain. But hey, speaking of weak security, I take it you’ve read about the Bluetooth hackable “smart” toilet? – by Lisa O’Carroll (link)  


Manning and Snowden light path for the US to return to its better self
“Since the 9/11 trauma, America has allowed the national security state to ride roughshod over vital liberties. This is a turning-point”, says Yochai Benkler. Since he’s one of the brightest minds in legal studies, I hope he’s right – certainly his is an opinion worth listening to. – by Yochai Benkler (link)  

Recent reading (7 links for July 26)


There is that. At Nova Iskra, Belgrade.

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Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch
A solid overview of all the smart watches headed our way. – by Christopher Mims (link)  


OrCam aims to improve quality of life for the visually impaired
OrCam is a set of glasses rigged with camera and computing power. Clearly reminiscent of Google Glass, but with a very different focus. – by Colin Dunjohn (link)  


Online communities
When Flickr founder Caterina Fake writes about online communities it’s always worth reading. – by Caterina Fake (link)  


A few essays on surveillance by or tolerated by the government in Germany
Unterirdisch“, by Heribert Prantl, Sueddeutsche. “Drängt diese Parallelgesellschaft zurück!”, Lars Klingbeil, ZEIT. Both in German.  


Design Fiction as Pedagogic Practice
The title says it all. – by matthewward (link)  


Hacking the Internet of Things for Good.
Some thoughts on security when dealing with the Internet of Things. – by Marc Rogers (link)  


Could the NSA use Microsoft’s Xbox One to spy on you?
“Skype swore wiretaps weren’t possible before recent reports. Is Kinect next?” – by Sean Hollister (link)  

Recent reading (5 links for July 18)



Irregularly, I post noteworthy articles I recently read. Today, straight from lovely Rijeka, Croatia, where I’m attending Share Conference / Republika. Enjoy!


Do Things that Don’t Scale
Paul Graham shares some insight and experiences about the early stages of building something big. Super useful, insightful, worth reading. (link)  


Delaware Benefit Corporation Statute Signed Into Law
The B-Corp is becoming legal, for real. It’s a great construct for the next generation of businesses, one that combines commercial mechanics with meaning. In Germany, something vaguely similar exists (gGmbH), but it’s not really comparable as the German take on this is more charitable than oriented towards all stakeholders. (link)  


Wer nicht fragt, bleibt dumm
Great (.de) commentary by Till Schwarze about the German government’s seemingly purposeful ignorance, aka plausible deniability. Unacceptable, of course. (link)  


Airport as a Homeland: Snowden
Interesting read on living in transit zones, and how transit zones work. (link)  


Usman Haque: ‘Messiness will inevitably arise’ in spite of smart cities’
Usman Haque on the messiness inherent in so-called Smart Cities. (link)  

Recent reading (7 links for July 5)


Koya London

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The European Commission launches new startup accelerator network
A new initiative from the EU aiming to boost entrepreneurship has been launched: Startup Europe’s Accelerator Assembly. – by Michelle Kuepper (link)  


The Store Is Media And Media Is The Store
Retail & media, and how their relationship to one another change. More urgently, why are sales not the best metric for the success of a retail space anymore? – by Doug Stephens (link)  


Metadata – a wartime drama
Great little piece by Cory Doctorow on Metadata. – by Cory Doctorow (link)  


Germans Loved Obama. Now We Don’t Trust Him.
Great article on how the recent US & UK surveillance news are perceived in Germany. – by Malte Spitz (link)  


Clef launches offering a viable replacement to passwords
Not sure if this is the way forward, but it looks like a solid, new approach to more security by abandoning traditional passwords. – by cale guthrie weissman (link)  


An Introduction to Infrastructure Fiction
Top notch piece published by Superflux. (link)  


Six Questions from Kicker: Jack Schulze
Solid interview to re-visit. (link)  

Recent reading (10 links for June 14)




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WTF Is Waze And Why Did Google Just Pay A Billion+ For It?
Google spent a small fortune on Waze. Here’s a pretty thorough analysis of why buying the mapping & real time traffic monitoring startup makes a lot of sense for Google. – by RIP EMPSON (link)  


EU to end mobile roaming charges next year
If this proposal goes through (which I really, really hope), the EU will forever go down in history as the institution that got rif of the ridiculous nastiness that is roaming charges. We’ll all profit a great deal from it. – by Christopher Williams, Technology, Media and Telecoms Editor (link)  


My Own Fellowship YearShare This
Code for America founder Jen Pahlka will serve as Deputy CTO for the US Government for a year. Congrats, Jen! – by Jennifer Pahlka (link)  


The Avatar Will See You Now
Avatars and other algorithmically supported diagnostics & consulting services are on the rise, both in lifestyle/fitness contexts and in medical use. – by Jessica Leber (link)  


Penguin takes children’s fiction to Google+ with Storytime Hangout app
Kids’ books seem perfect for complementary interactive features. Here’s one, by Penguin. – by Stuart Dredge (link)  


Behind Twitter’s Savvy Embrace of TV
How Twitter woos TV, and does it well. – by Josh Sternberg (link)  


Are new ultra-cheap 3D printers revolutionary or just toys?
Some thoughts on the state of affairs in home 3D printer land. – by Christopher Mims (link) and a very down-to-earth use case for industrial/architectural scale 3D printing (link)  


The Invisible Acme Cheap Nike Shoes
A grand example of (if I’m not entirely, completely, shamefully mistaken) algorithmically generated fashion shopping spam. Pure poetry! (link)  


Hardware startups
A piece on hardware startups, the how’s and why’s. (link)  


In San Francisco, a House with Its Own Twitter Feed
A few weeks back, Tom’s house’s twitter feed got a prominent feature in TR. Neat! – by Rachel Metz (link)  

Recent reading (7 links for May 21)


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Berg Cloud Sandbox : A tool to unite connected devices and the companies that make them
Berg announced the Berg Cloud Sandbox, a platform meant to make it easier for companies to experiment with connected devices and services, and a cooperation with Fabrica. Should be interesting to watch this. – by Nathaniel Mott (link)  


Yahoo bought Tumblr. A quick roundup.
The New York Times report. | Tumblr’s official announcement of the deal. | Marissa Meyer’s announcement. | What former Tumblr engineer Marco Arment says about the culture at Tumblr..  


Airbnb Stay Illegal In New York, Rules Judge
New York judge finds Airbnb might be illegal – under some circumstances. Details still vague, but it’s fair to assume this will have ripple effects beyond the US. (link)  


Pebble Nabs $15M In Funding, Outs PebbleKit SDK And Pebble Sports API To Spur Smartwatch App Development
Pebble, the Kickstarter smart watch, has raised money to scale up production. If this means they get the SDK out more quickly and thus get more 3rd party apps out there (and quickly), this will make my Pebble a lot more useful. – by Matt Burns (link)  


Sketchbook: Dark Matter
Revisiting Dan Hill’s thoughts on Dark Matter, the institutional/undocumented/irrational/soft forces that slow down the distribution of innovation. – by Dan Hill (link)  


Why healthcare professionals can’t afford to ignore the potential of apps
Solid take on the state of health apps. – by Ashley Bolser (link)  


Software Out, Hardware Start-Ups In
A quick piece on hardware as the new software, etc etc. Barriers for hardware product development are coming down fast, so lots of movement to expect in the space. – by Cadie Thompson (link)