Recommended Reads: Sunday October 13, 2013

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:


The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath: OAKLAND, Calif. – by ELISABETH ROSENTHAL –

How Twitter’s Leadership Drama Explains its Success: One founder pushed aside in the early days of the company, his name scrubbed from its founding story. Another ousted from the CEO role by a co-founder, former boss, and seed investor. – by Walter Frick, Walter Frick | 1:58 PM October 11, 2013 – Tags: business resources books articles case studies, business management articles resources, communication, finance, accounting, leadership, managing people, international global business strategy, execution, technology, operations, organizational development, innovation, entrepreneurship, HBSP, HBP, HBO, HBR, Harvard Business School Publishing –

Google CIO Ben Fried on How Google Works: It was the former Google employee’s first day out in the real world. He removed the enterprise security settings from his iPhone, and installed the apps he wasn’t allowed to use at the mothership: Dropbox for storage, Fantastical for his mobile calendar. – by Liz Gannes – Tags: enterprise, general, news, android, ben fried, cio, dropbox, featured post, google, google drive, google+ hangouts, morgan stanley, videoconferencing –

Grand Theft Afghanistan: On Sunday, the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag reported that West German spies had operated covertly in Afghanistan in the 1980s, buying captured Soviet technology that could be used if the Soviet Union ever attacked NATO. – by Kyle Mizokami –

Bilton Book: Twitter’s Dick Costolo Was Fired (And Rehired) in 2010: Twitter’s founding tale keeps getting more and more complicated. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was briefly fired from the company by an advisor to the board in 2010, according to a new book detailing the early, tumultuous days of the microblogging service. – by Mike Isaac – Tags: general, media, news, social, bill campbell, ceo, dick costolo, hatching twitter, nick bilton, twitter –

Why US government IT fails so hard, so often: The rocky launch of the Department of Health and Human Services’ is the most visible evidence at the moment of how hard it is for the federal government to execute major technology projects. – by Sean Gallagher –

Polemic: how readers will discover books in future: In the future, readers will not go in search of books to read. Feral books will stalk readers, sneak into their ebook libraries, and leap out to ambush them. – by Charlie Stross –

The Firehose Of Certainty: I recently finished a gig which entailed looking at and writing about the well-appointed homes of various New Yorkers, which made me eager to do something to make my own home more well-appointed. – by Rumaan Alam –

A Twitter Account After One’s Own Tweets: Joe Toscano is programmer who works at TigerText, a company that is best known for providing a secure messaging system for health-care organizations. – by Betsy Morais – Tags: Twitter, elements, techpages –

Who Made That Android Logo?: Irina Blok may have drawn one of the most recognized logos in the world, but her association with the green Android has not made her famous. Blok can think of only one incident when she garnered the public’s attention for designing it. – by PAGAN KENNEDY –

Taskmasters: how Israeli intelligence officers helped inspire the look of iOS 7: In October 2009, at an Israeli sports training facility called the Wingate Institute, Eden Shochat walked the floor of GeekCon admiring the projects. Each year at Shochat’s long-running, invite-only creative gathering, attendees are tasked with making things that are both amazing and useless. – by Casey Newton –

In-Store Tracking Isn’t Going Anywhere: Nomi Close to Landing Around $10 Million Series B Investment: Nomi, a New York City-based startup that tracks shoppers’ mobile phones to help retail shops gather data on customer activity in their stores, is close to landing a Series B investment, sources told AllThingsD. Accel Partners is expected to be a new investor in the round. – by Jason Del Rey – Tags: commerce, general, news, accel partners, euclid, first round capital, forerunner ventures, nomi, retail, retail stores, retailnext, sv angel, tracking, web analytics –

How High Can Fab Climb?: Bradford Shellhammer’s affection for people mirrors his feelings for his vast accumulation of inanimate objects, which include sunglasses, sneakers, and glass birds. “I collect things. People are just another thing I collect,” he says, describing his Warholian approach to life. – by Christian LaBrooy –

Awesome Photos of NASA Equipment Tests: There’s no hardware as cool as space hardware. And there’s nothing cooler than watching astronauts and scientists testing out equipment to take us off-world — even equipment that was never used. Here are our favorite images of NASA testing its equipment on Earth. – by Vincze Miklós –

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