Recommended Links (Ed. 0030 / Internet & Social)

Internet Social CrowdLatest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across the ScratchPaper focus areas of Internet, IOT, Social Networking, Crowdsourcing, and Cybersecurity, including items on why Andreessen says there is no bubble, the death of the blog, how the internet of things will replace the web and why 2014 might see the end of the password.  Enjoy.


  • Blockbuster, Netflix and the end of movies as a product (GigaOM)
  • U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year (bits.blogs.nytimes)
  • Google Joins a Heavyweight Competition in Cloud Computing (nytimes)
  • Doh! Amazon continues to lead all IT rivals combined in cloud (gigaom)
  • Q&A with Marc Andreessen: Bubble believers (online.wsj)
  • H.P. Tying More Big-Business Systems Together (bits.blogs.nytimes)
  • R.I.P. The Blog, 1997-2013 (kottke)

Internet of Things

  • Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience (nytimes)
  • How the “internet of things” will replace the web (qz)
  • Bluetooth beefs up for the internet of things (gigaom)
  • The Internet of Things: M&A Activity Climbing Driven By Home Automation & Energy Management Space (cbinsights)
  • Energy harvesting chips: The next big thing for a connected world (gigaom)

Social Networking

  • The Internet doesn’t necessarily have to keep our digital effluvia around forever. Do we want it to be erasable? (online.wsj)
  • 2013: The Year ‘the Stream’ Crested (theatlantic)
  • Everyone wants to be the one messaging app that rules them all — but there’s no such thing, and never will be (gigaom)
  • The Path to Happy Employment, Contact by Contact on LinkedIn (nytimes)
  • How a Gawker Editor Picks the ‘Viral’ Content Readers Can’t Resist Sharing (online.wsj)
  • That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind (nymag)
  • News Use Across Social Media Platforms (journalism)


  • Bye Bye, Bile? Websites Try to Nix Nasty Comments (nytimes)
  • Uber’s Workforce Is Built to Do More Than Chauffeur (businessweek)
  • An Interview with Kristen Eckstein on the Democratization of Publishing, Writing, and eBooks (huffingtonpost)


  • New cybersecurity boom arrives in Silicon Valley (LAtimes)
  • Bitcoin, Magical Thinking, and Political Ideology (al3x)
  • Target Struck in the Cat-and-Mouse Game of Credit Theft (nytimes)
  • Why Won’t Obama Rein in the N.S.A.? (newyorker)
  • Palantir Reloads for the Corporation (bits.blogs.nytimes)
  • Internet Firms Step Up Efforts to Stop Spying (nytimes)
  • Why 2014 might be the beginning of the end for passwords (bgr)
  • The Rise of Twitter Bots (newyorker)


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