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August 17, 2014, 4:30 AM

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Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
Ad-supported web led to targeting and surveillance as a default; let's try again, with fees for service  —  The Internet's Original Sin  —  Ron Carlson's short story “What We Wanted To Do” takes the form of an apology from a villager who failed to protect his comrades from marauding Visigoths.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Investor Eric Jackson pesters Yahoo and its CEO, hoping to attract activist investor or buyer  —  A Yahoo Fanboy Turns Critic: “I Am Committed to Remaining a Pest”  —  What exactly is investor and Forbes columnist Eric Jackson up to with his now month-old blog attack on Yahoo and, most pointedly, its CEO, Marissa Mayer?
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Chrome drops Microsoft's “Pointer Events” touch input spec in favor of Apple's “Touch Events”  —  Google to drop Microsoft-designed touch Web spec, stick with Apple tech  —  Developers on the Blink browser engine, the core component that powers both Google's Chrome browser …
Heise:
GCHQ's “HACIENDA” program completed full port scans targeting 27 countries  —  NSA/GCHQ: The HACIENDA Program for Internet Colonization  —  Translations of this article are available in German, French, Italian and Spanish.  —  Since the early days of TCP …
Rémi Rousseau / Medium:
Surgeon uses synchronized GoPros to record surgery, Oculus Rift to play it back for students  —  Virtual surgery gets real  —  What the Oculus Rift could mean for the future of medecine  —  Technological innovation takes time : virtual reality has been a thing in the medical field …
Selena Larson / ReadWrite:
Medium adds public follower and following lists to profile pages, catching users off guard  —  In Exposing Followers, Medium Fails Readers  —  If Medium wants to turn itself into a respectable publisher, it probably shouldn't behave like a social network.
Cat Zakrzewski / TechCrunch:
Uber To Test Moving Services In Atlanta, Nashville  —  Earlier this summer, we saw Uber experiment with UberRUSH, a courier service in New York City.  The car service seems to be testing the waters for another service, announcing it will move Atlanta college students and Nashville residents this weekend.
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Spyware tools allow buyers to slip malicious code into YouTube videos, Microsoft pages  —  CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009.  His instructions were unusually opaque.  —  As he boarded the flight …

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