The Oooh-And-Aaah Edition Sunday, April 10, 2016

In Search Of The Long Wow, by Robin Rendle, Medium

These features aren’t thrilling, and they can’t easily be made into an advert that sparkles or grabs the reader’s attention; it’s difficult to imagine Zooey Deschanel or Samuel Jackson sitting in a brightly lit room and talking into a camera whilst they Oooh and Aaah about the highlighting gesture or the battery life of a Kindle.

Yet amidst that constant push for faster processors and better cameras, sharper screens and flatter interfaces, the Kindle rises up above these concerns somehow. This might sound ridiculous, but I can imagine owning this device in twenty years time and still being perfectly content with it. It’s traded gimmicks and features in search of a more loftier goal: that of the Long Wow.

Up Periscope: Inside Twitter’s One-year-old Broadcast Startup, by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable

It’s been a little more than a year since we collectively discovered our passion for personal live broadcasting on Twitter – mostly thanks to Meerkat. It’s no small irony that, today, Meerkat has pivoted away from live broadcasting while Periscope, Twitter’s own service that appeared just a few weeks after the mongoosian streaming option, survived and, by some measures thrived.

How A Cashless Society Could Embolden Big Brother, by Sarah Jeong, The Atlantic

In a cashless society, the cash has been converted into numbers, into signals, into electronic currents. In short: Information replaces cash.

[...] But wherever information gathers and flows, two predators follow closely behind it: censorship and surveillance. The case of digital money is no exception. Where money becomes a series of signals, it can be censored; where money becomes information, it will inform on you.

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Mon aéroglisseur est plein d'anguilles!

Or: 我的氣墊船裝滿了鱔魚!


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