» Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers
Great piece explaining why one should not easily buy publishers’ complaints about Amazon’s power in the (e-)book market. Money quote: “Amazon’s view is that since “printing” an extra copy of an e-book is really cheap, e-books should be really cheap. Publishers’ view is that since “printing” an extra copy of an e-book is really cheap, e-books should offer enormous profit margins to book publishers”
» The End Of Apps As We Know Them
The time in which we interact with mobile apps mainly by directly accessing them from the home screen (or search) might soon be over.
» Apply Pay Overview: How To Set Up and Shop
For customers of certain US banks, Apple has launched its much anticipated mobile payment service Apple Pay. This post explains how it works (and who can use it).
» Twitter’s Audacious Plan to Infiltrate All Your Apps
This sounds like Twitter’s biggest strategy shift so far.
» The autonomous Google car may never happen
It’s possible that some people and much of the tech media is too optimistic about when self driving cars will hit the market.
» In Facebook’s Deals for WhatsApp and Oculus, Lessons on Stock vs. Cash
When tech companies like Facebook buy startups for billions, they often pay in shares instead of cash. That leads to overpaying and other potential side effects.
» The Western Model Is Broken
I find it tempting to agree with this extensive analysis about the political and ideological state of the world in 2014.
» How America lost the Middle East
Related to the previous link, highlighting one specific aspect of the diminishing influence of the West (in that case, specifically of the U.S.).
» What the Ebola Crisis Reveals About Culture
Intriguing article about the unpleasant psychology effects of Ebola on people in Western cultures; cultures that have distanced themselves from death as far as possible
» America is Becoming Less Religious
Something one might not guess when listening to US-politicians.
» The Kitchen Network: America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers
From the department of “How things work that many people use but never think about much”.
» Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone’s Mind
If that’s not inspiring and motivating, what is?!