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Facebook Can Overtake Google
Adam Rifkin | TechCrunch | 2 October 2010
Facebook already has more page-views than Google, and twice the revenues
Google reported when it went public. It meshes much better with brand
advertising. In five years, it could be earning $10bn annually
Interview With John Le Carré
Amy Goodman | Democracy Now | 11 October 2010
Spy novelist worries that Iraq war changed Britain permanently for
worse—politicising intelligence services, laying foundations of "deep state"
in which security structures can control political apparatus
Ants And Us
Jonathan Ledgard | Intelligent Life | 11 October 2010
Kunstkammer of an interview with E.O. Wilson, sociobiologist, Darwinist,
novelist, world authority on ants. Interesting throughout, especially on
ants: "Their histories are epics that unfold on picnic grounds".
Think Again: Global Ageing
Phillip Longman | Foreign Policy | 11 October 2010
Crunchy primer on ageing global population. Used to be a rich-country
problem. But soon, average Chinese worker will support two parents, four
grandparents. Declining birth rate blamed on urbanisation, TV
The French: A Guide
Tim King | Prospect | 12 October 2010
Nice, wry backgrounder on street protests against rise in pension age. Law
already passed, demonstrations aim more at deterring Sarkozy from running
for a second term. "Shadow of 68 hangs heavy"
View From My Window 2000-2010
Andrew Sullivan | Daily Dish | 11 October 2010
Ten years in blogging. Sullivan's political and personal testament. Still
Catholic and conservative. Proud of advancing gay rights, of early advocacy
for Obama. Biggest regret: support for Iraq war
"Scrapers" Dig Deep For Web Data
Julia Angwin et al | WSJ | 12 October 2010
Journal continues series on web privacy, with creepy stories of "scrapers"
who stalk social-media sites, copy archives, sell analytics to companies for
market research. Data includes personal details of site users
Search And Destroy
Ben McGrath | New Yorker | 11 October 2010
Mammoth profile of minor phenomenon, Nick Denton and Gawker Media. Far
friendlier than headline might suggest. Tells how Denton makes online
publishing profitable by cutting costs, cutting losers, seeking scale
Topic: Steve Jobs
Interviews, profiles, parodies, and even an obituary, tracking the life of
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