Scratchpaper Recommended Links [Ed. 0009 / Mixed]

Latest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across some of the ScratchPaper focus areas. This time we have items in Apple, CyberSecurity, Entrepreneurship, Green, Internet/Big Data/Internet of Things, Literary Humor & Miscellaneous, Media/Publishing, Mobile, New Urbanism, Photography, and Social Networking, including Tim Cook’s big interview, ten things Julius Caesar could teach us about business, lots happening in solar, especially in the developing world, and a prescription to fix publishing once and for all.  Enjoy. 



  • Tim Cook’s Interview with Brian Williams (MSNBC Rock Center)
  • Apple investing ‘over $100 million’ to bring back some Mac production to the US in 2013 (9to5Mac)
  • Tim Cook’s Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks (BusinessWeek)
  • Apple’s ITunes Would Be One of World’s Biggest Media Companies (Bloomberg)



  • One in five Microsoft logins are in hands of hackers (ZDNet)
  • Clueless officials hamper cybersecurity law-making (ZDNet)



  • 10 Things Julius Caesar could have taught us about business leadership (GigaOM)
  • For Entrepreneurs, Three Ways to Control Your Destiny and Rekindle Joy (Bloomberg)
  • Entrepreneurship up 60 percent in US since last year (Washington Post)



Solar is no longer just about rich countries – check out what the cool stuff happening in the developing world:

  • Emerging economies in the solar spotlight (Financial Times)
  • 5 reasons why the off grid solar revolution will be driven by cell phones  (GigaOM)
  • Stable Solar Power for Children in Haiti (Energy Digital)
  • India harnesses solar power to meet demand (Financial Times)
  • Tribesmen turning to solar power in Landi Kotal (Dawn)
  • Solar Powered ATM Is Beautiful in Bali (TreeHugger)
  • Pakistan: Solar power generation can help check energy crisis (Power Engineering Magazine)
  • ReadySet: How a Portable Power Pack Drives Dollars to the Developing World (Wired)
  • Microgrids and Solar Power, the Answer to India’s Power Crisis (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Tiny Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Territory (Voice of America)

[Green] Let’s get our act together:

  • Solar Is Much Cheaper In Germany Than Us For One Reason – Soft Costs (CleanTechnica)
  • Germany Produces Record-Breaking 14.7 Terawatt-Hours of Solar Energy in Six Months (Inhabitat)
  • Solar: Life, Liberty And The Pursuit of Energy Independence (Forbes)
  • China Quadruples 2015 Solar Power Target (CleanTechnica)
  • Two-Thirds of All Solar Panels Installed Last Year Were in Europe (TreeHuggger)
  • Changing Cities: Where Are the Solar Panels Mr. President? (ABC News)
  • Interior Department sets aside millions of acres for solar power (Washington Post)
  • World Solar Power Goes Parabolic (Business Insider)
  • Japan Poised to Become Second-Biggest Market for Solar Power (New York Times)
  • Give Solar Panels a Break (Huffington Post)
  • Solar Power Rises from City Dump (Clean Technica)
  • US Could Install 200000 GW of Solar Power, New Study Says (That’s 97x what we have…) (TreeHugger)
  • How NJ solar energy outshines the other 49 states (Star-Ledger)

[Green] Economics of Solar

  • Could Securitization Democratize Solar Power? (CleanTechnica)
  • The Supposed Decline of Green Energy (Harvard Business Review via Bloomberg)
  • Introducing robots that tilt solar panels (GigaOM)
  • Solar energy: the case for leasing your sustainable energy source (Washington Post)
  • All-carbon solar cell draws power from near-infrared light, our energy future is literally that much brighter (Engadget)
  • Solar Energy Conversion And Storage Breakthrough, New Way To Split Water Molecules Into Hydrogen And Oxygen Created (CleanTechnica)
  • The new hotness in energy storage: gravel (GigaOM)

[Green] Rock On:

  • Solar Powered Music Festival is a hot time in Fort Worth (Fort Worth Star Telegram)


Internet / Big Data / Internet of Things

  • Internet of Things: the next big start-up opportunity (TechWorld)
  • Internet data usage jumps; Netflix makes up one-third of bandwidth use (Washington Post)
  • Industrial Internet Will End Downtime, GE Hopes (WSJ)
  • ‘Father of the internet’: Why we must fight for its freedom (CNN)
  • Internet Radio Closing in on Traditional Music Listening (PC Magazine)
  • Does the internet of things need its own internet? (GigaOM)
  • How the Internet is Shaping Our “Global Brain” (Harvard Business Review)
  • Google’s blazingly fast Internet goes live in Kansas City (CNN)
  • A Tiny Ten Year Battery For The Internet Of Things (Singularity Hub)


Literary, Humor & Miscellaneous

  • Making Cents – The Musician’ Side of The Streaming Story (GigaOM)



  • Why traditional media should be afraid of Twitter (GigaOM)
  • Authors: You Don’t Want A Publisher, You Want A Distributor (Huffington Post)
  • How Dead Is the Book Business? (NY Times)
  • Simon & Schuster Gets in on the Self-Publishing Boom (New York Observer)

The publishing revolution is at hand – behold:

  • Subcompact Publishing (@craigmod)
  • Subcompact Publishing Round Up And The Daily (@craigmod)



  • Mobile & Social Causing Need to Reinvent It Infrastructure (The Nation)
  • I’ll take a gigabit to go. Hold the wires. (GigaOM)
  • What Does the Future Hold for Mobile? (The Next Web)
  • AT&T Investing $14 Billion to Improve Communication Networks (San Francisco Chronicle)


New Urbanism

  • Good Intro to New Urbanism for Larger Cities (Video) (Jeff Speck – YouTube)
  • City living will feel like a blast from the past (USA Today)
  • Excellent Book Introducing New Urbanism – “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream” (Duany & Plater-Zyberg)



  • Is Photography Dead? A History From Early Cameras to Instagram (Mashable)
  • Photographs Are No Longer Things, They’re Experiences (Wired)
  • Photography News: Proposed UK Copyright Changes Spark Worldwide Protests (Examiner)


Social Networking

  • The Power Of Exponentials: The Social Media Effect In Retailing (Forbes)
  • 11 Social Media Mistakes You Don’t Even Know You’re Making (Huffington Post)
  • LinkedIn soars as it rises above social media noise (San Jose Business Journal)
  • Social Media Training Is Now Mandatory: Five Ways To Make Sure Your Company Does It Right (Forbes)


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