Tuesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

NFL, Major League Baseball Warn That Aereo Could Trigger End of Free TV Game Broadcasts: The National Football League and Major League Baseball are urging the Supreme Court to grant broadcasters’ petition to hear their challenge to the legality of Aereo, the startup that features unauthorized streams of local broadcast signals. – http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/nfl-major-league-baseball-warn-supreme-court-that-aereo-could-trigger-end-to-games-on-free-tv-1200847089/

Samsung Elec says Gear smartwatch sales hit 800,000 in two months: SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday its Galaxy Gear has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with sales reaching 800,000 since its debut two months ago, defying some market concerns the accessory would fail due to a lack of compelling features. – by Miyoung Kim – Tags: United Kingdom, United States, David Pogue – http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/19/us-samsung-gear-idUSBRE9AI0AU20131119

‘Selfie’ is the 2013 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year: Last year Oxford University Press split its word of the year honors between the US and the UK, but for 2013 there’s one word to rule them all — and it is “selfie.” The term beat out contenders like twerk, bitcoin, and binge-watch, due largely to its remarkable uptick in usage. – by Bryan Bishop – http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/18/5120390/selfie-is-the-2013-oxford-dictionaries-word-of-the-year

Silver Spring seeks new profits from smart-city infrastructure: Wish your home town had network-enabled streetlights? A company called Silver Spring Networks does, and Tuesday it unveiled a service designed to make the technology and other networked infrastructure more affordable. – by Stephen Shankland – http://m.cnet.com/news/silver-spring-seeks-new-profits-from-smart-city-infrastructure/57612919

Ex-Google-Wallet Creators Raise $7M To Rethink In-Store Retail Data: Can a team of ex-Googlers reinvent the antiquated physical retail space in the mold of Amazon? Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has a huge advantage over its brick-and-mortar counterparts: data. – http://m.fastcompany.com/3021865/ex-google-wallet-creators-raise-7m-to-rethink-in-store-retail-data

Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch Shows Off The Future Of Displays – ReadWrite: Qualcomm may not seem like a company that would make a big splash in the smartwatch Arm Race. After all, Qualcomm has long been known to make the pieces that go inside people’s gadgets, not the gadgets themselves. – http://readwrite.com/2013/11/18/qualcomms-toq-smartwatch-shows-off-the-future-of-displays

The Rise of Twitter Bots: Last Tuesday, Google decided that I was a spammer, and I lost access to my e-mail for twelve hours. It was my fault. One of my Twitter accounts, RealHumanPraise, was mentioned on “The Colbert Report,” where I work as a writer, at 11:46 P.M. – by Rob Dubbin – Tags: elements, technology, techpages, twitter – http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/11/the-rise-of-twitter-bots.html

The : The dusty landscape of the American West is dotted with enormous concrete arrows. They look like cryptic messages from a primitive civilization — a civilization that was obsessed with westward expansion. And that assessment wouldn’t be altogether wrong. – by Matt Novak – http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-highway-of-light-that-guided-early-planes-across-1466696698/@kcampbelldollaghan

Hitlist lets you know when its cheap to fly to your dream destinations: Timing is everything when it comes to snagging deals, and the travel and flight booking domain is no different. Hitlist is an app that aims to help travelers find the best deals to their favorite destinations, taking the hassle (and some of the expense) out of booking air travel. – by Jon Russell – http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/11/19/hitlist-lets-you-know-when-its-cheap-to-fly-to-your-dream-destinations/

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