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September 26, 2015 8:21 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #275

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • The Quiet Grand Strategy of Barack Obama - The American Conservative. "Obama is having fun. Unconcerned with re-election, he's relishing the Gordian Knot of intrigue that has Republican also-rans ganging up on Trump, touting one American religion while lambasting the Pope. But behind it all is a slow, deliberate strategy that may just be his real legacy, changing American foreign policy for another half-century." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • "We Own You" - Confessions of an Anonymous Free to Play Producer - Touch Arcade. "If you're not paying for it, you're the product. 'We know where you live, we know your income level, we know your relationships, your favorite sports teams, your political preferences. We know when you go to work, and where you work. We can target an event to start for you, when we know you have a long weekend coming up. We own you.' Every wonder how those games make money? Yikes." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Will China Collapse? - Forbes. "God, I hope not." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The Rhino Hunter - Radiolab. "Powerful radio piece about hunting endangered species. Powerful in part because it might make you change your mind." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Bazinga! Scientists break quantum teleportation distance record - Mashable. "Because, Star Trek. Truthfully, we're going to see all kinds of new technology come forward as scientific breakthroughs like this take place. It's amazing to think about what technology is enabling us to do. It's terrifying to think about what technology might do to us, if we let things get too far out of our human-capable hands." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Medium is not a publishing tool - Ev Williams. "Many people struggle to understand what, exactly, Medium is (and who it's best suited for). Some think it's a great platform for content distribution, while others use it instead of blogging. A lot of the reasons can be pulled together by what it's CEO, Ev Williams (also the person behind Blogger, Twitter, etc...) thinks it is: a great network of insights and content. Yes, Medium is about a lot more than putting your words online. How it is evolving should be super-interesting to those who tinker with words." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

By Mitch Joel