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Weekend Reads 11

top stories of the week

This Week’s Stories: media, tech, small biz, and culture

By Jeff Howland

The Promise of a New Internet
by Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic

‘For years, Internet advocates have been asking what regulatory measures might help save the open, innovation-friendly Internet … What if there were a technical solution instead of a regulatory one? What if the core architecture of how people connect could make an end run on the centralization of services that has come to define the modern net?’

With Uber, Less Reason to Own a Car

by Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times

‘It is impossible to say whether Uber is worth the $17 billion its investors believe it to be; like any start-up, it could fail. But for all its flaws, Uber is anything but trivial. It could well transform transportation the way Amazon has altered shopping — by using slick, user-friendly software and mountains of data to completely reshape an existing market, ultimately making many modes of urban transportation cheaper, more flexible and more widely accessible to people across the income spectrum.’

The Era of Cloud Computing

by Quentin Hardy, The New York Times

‘For the half-century that computers have been part of the workplace, companies have bought their own machines for corporate data centers. But that may be about to change … Analysts estimate that over the next six years 90 percent of new spending on Internet and communications technologies will be on cloud-based technology.’

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti Goes Long

by Felix Salmon, Medium

‘In this Q&A you’ll learn a lot about Jonah Peretti and how he thinks — but you’ll also learn a great deal about the modern media world, the way the Internet has evolved, and the way that Jonah has evolved with it.’

Q&A: How Community Papers Can Face the Digital Transition

by Justin Ellis, Nieman Journalism Lab

‘In her new book, Penelope Muse Abernathy examines the divide between metro papers and rural or ethnic papers as they deal with digital competition, ownership changes, and the search for new revenue.’


The Ecology of Pooh

by Liam Heneghan, Aeon Magazine

‘Adults may feel exiled from the intensity and sweetness of childhood places. But perhaps there are surprising ways home.’

Have a good weekend.

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