Wednesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Behold Internets! Memrise Launches CatAcademy App That Deploys Cute Cats To Teach You Spanish: The day after I meet Memrise‘s COO Ben Whately, to get a preview of the language learning startup’s new app, I’m out for a Saturday morning run when the image of a brilliant ginger cat with its head stuck down the toilet sails into my head. Quiero vomitar, says a voice in my head. – by Natasha Lomas –

Liquid Metal Printer Lays Electronic Circuits on Paper, Plastic and Even Cotton: One of the dreams of makers the world over is to be able to print electronic circuits on more or less any surface using a desktop printer. –

Gaming Company Fined $1M for Turning Customers Into Secret Bitcoin Army: A gaming software company has been slapped with a $1 million fine after secretly adding bitcoin mining software to a product update earlier this year. – by Robert McMillan –

Exclusive: Tim Draper is leaving DFJ: Venture capitalist Tim Draper is stepping back from the Silicon Valley firm he created 28 years ago. FORTUNE — Tim Draper will no longer be an investment partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm he founded in 1985. – by Dan Primack – Tags: term sheet, venture capital deals, dfj, draper fisher jurvetson, john fisher, tim draper, venture capital –

Grouper, the social club that sets up drinks between 2 groups of friends, launches in London: Two years after it first launched in New York, way back in September 2011, Grouper is finally arriving out of North America with its first European launch, in the UK capital London. In terms of how it works, Grouper takes members and matches them up with someone from the opposite sex. – by Paul Sawers –

Crowdfunded nanosatellites unleashed in orbit: Two tiny satellites supported by Kickstarter campaigns were kicked out into orbit from the International Space Station on Tuesday, beginning what’s expected to be a months-long citizen science mission. –

Xbox One Review | Polygon: The Xbox 360 that exists in 2013 bears little resemblance to the console that Microsoft launched in 2005. It’s so different, in fact, that it helps to think of the company’s new Xbox One as an evolution, not of the original Xbox 360 but of the one that exists today. –

If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I’d Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford: Close –

Retailers Are Tech Platforms Now: Under Armour’s recent acquisition of online fitness community MapMyFitness is just the latest instance of offline brands trying to redefine themselves, at least in part, as tech platforms. And it should make its competitors sweat. – by John McDermott –

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Costs $381 to Build — Only $18 Under Retail Price — In Teardown: When PlayStation 3 was first released by electronics giant Sony in 2006, it was sold at a loss with the hope of making money back on individual games. That’s pretty close to what Sony is doing again with the PS4, although it’s not as extreme. – by Arik Hesseldahl – Tags: general, media, news, product news, andrew rassweiler, atd facebook, chips, gaming, gaming console, ihs, manufacturing, memory, playstation, playstion 4, semiconductors, sony, teardown –

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