Wednesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Smartphone users struggle connecting to in-car infotainment systems: Computerworld – As Toyota owners know, using Bluetooth to sync an iPhone to the in-car Entune infotainment system to use its bundled Internet apps doesn’t work. There’s been abundant user complaints about Toyota’s fussy Infotainment system in the blogosphere. – by Lucas Mearian – Tags: edpicks, lucas mearian, toyota, entune, car infotainment systems, bluetooth, iphone, smartphone, Internet, Web Apps, Mobile/Wireless –

Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems: The desktop operating system is dead as a major profit center, and Apple just delivered the obituary. – by Ryan Tate –

Microsoft Tests Eyewear Similar to Rival Google Glass:

Xiaomi: The Apple (… and Netflix) of China: While most of the tech media has congregated outside the Moscone Center in San Francisco waiting for the new Apple tablet, Kara Swisher of All Things D is across the street at the GMIC conference interviewing Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi. Mr. Jun has plenty to talk about. – by Simon Khalaf – Tags: Xiaomi, China –

Managing Platforms Is a Human Art: In March 2012, I left the suburban enclaves of San Jose and went on safari to Kenya. Early in the trip I toured the Ngorongoro crater, filled with African lions, rhinos, hippos and giraffes. But my favorites were the monkeys. I loved Curious George as a boy. – by Todd Lutwak, With Contributions by Yujin Chung, Partners, Andreessen Horowitz – Tags: enterprise, general, news, voices, amazon, andreessen horowitz, android, ebay, facebook, google, ios, kenya, marc andreessen, platform, todd lutwak, twitter, yujin chung –

Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly: The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information. – by SUSAN STELLIN –

Game over: In the “Race to a Billion” there is a graph showing Android reported activations and iOS cumulative unit sales alongside cumulative console sales. The contrast between mobile phone platforms and game consoles is striking, with an order of magnitude difference in consumption. –

Payments Network Dwolla Moves Beyond Cash With Launch Of “Dwolla Credit” In Partnership With ADS: Des Moines-based Dwolla, a company building web-connected infrastructure for managing digital payments, is today taking its first step to move beyond support for cash with the debut of “Dwolla Credit. – by Sarah Perez –

Facebook’s Referrals To Media Sites Up 170% YOY, New “Stories To Share” Tells Pages What To Post: Facebook wants to get more news content in its feed by proving to media sites it’s their premier social ally. Today it announced referral traffic to media sites is up an average of 170% this year. – by Josh Constine –

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