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Recommended Reading: Why Messengers

I just read and enjoyed this:

Making the case for new aggregators to deliver services that don’t need apps, and why that might actually reduce the current App Store hegemony The term “WeChat of the West” and the anticipation around the Facebook Messenger platform often lead to a few misconceptions: User interfaces will decl

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Recommended Reading: Possible Problems of Persona Politeness — Ben Hammersley

I just read and enjoyed this:

One of my AIs is funnier than the other. This is proving to be a problem. But first, consider how the amazing becomes normal very quickly. It feels like I’ve been using Siri on my phone my entire life, Siri on the iPad charging by my bed since forever, and Siri on my watch since last summer.

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Pocket Finds: The Internet of Things You Don’t Really Need

I just read and enjoyed this:

Atlanta turns yellow for two weeks in April. Streets, driveways, terraces, cars—everything cakes with pollen. It’s the trees that cause the worst of it. Pine, oak, sweet gum, sycamore, mulberry, hackberry, birch, willow. Prolific itching, sneezing, and car-washing ensue.

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Pocket Finds: How Email Became The Most Reviled Communication Experience Ever

I just read and enjoyed this:

It wasn’t until I heard that a colleague had nuked his personal email account—on purpose, for good—that it hit me: Email is the most reviled personal technology ever.

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Pocket Finds: Life After A Total Hack

I just read and enjoyed this:

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Pocket Finds: Verge Fiction: Model Organisms

I just read and enjoyed this:

During the brief moment the cat was in the air — and we can’t attest to this for sure, we were all very afraid — we saw the cat’s jaw seem to unhinge. And rather than just one row of teeth in its mouth, we saw at least three rows, like a shark’s.

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The Reading List

It’s been a year since I last did one of these, so I guess it’s more than due to clear out the reading list backlog:

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The Reading List, January – June 2012

The bulging backlog in Instapaper tells me it’s been a while since i’ve done one of these. Herein, a collection of articles and posts that i particularly enjoyed reading over the past six months, in no particular order:

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The Reading List, Second Half of 2011 Edition

I won’t explain why this took so long, but let’s just say i’m in the process of catching up with lots of stuff i wanted to post here but never came around to.
First step: Catching up on The Reading List, a (supposedly) monthly collection of articles i particularly enjoyed reading that month. Except this time around, it’s stuff i particularly enjoyed reading in the second half of 2011:

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The June Reading List

It’s time for another reading list, so here’s some stuff i particularly enjoyed reading in June: