Monday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Roundtable: Is Music Discovery a Feature or Product?: It’s an important question. There are hundreds of websites and applications that promise to expose listeners to new music. But can they make money? Are they worth money? This is where the discussion becomes challenging for many music startups. – by Kyle Bylin –

Chris Hadfield: We Should Treat Earth as Kindly as We Treat Spacecraft: Racing high over the Sahara at 5 miles per second, protected from the desert’s parched endlessness and soaking in its sere beauty, I saw Khartoum, the city where the White and Blue Nile rivers meet. I turned my head left and followed the river downstream to Cairo and the Mediterranean. – by Chris Hadfield –

Click! Google rebuilds Android camera base for better photos: Want a better camera on your Android device? Google does, too. For that reason, the company has overhauled the mobile OS’s plumbing. – by Stephen Shankland –

The Internet of Things: Look, It Must Work: For twenty-five years, we’ve been promised a thoroughly connected world in which our “things” become smarter, safer and save energy. But progress doesn’t seem to match the glowing predictions. Picture this: A 25¢ smart chip inside a light-bulb socket. – by Jean-Louis Gassée –

An average NFL game: more than 100 commercials and just 11 minutes of play: For five months of the year, the National Football League dominates Sundays in the United States; it’s more popular than church. The NFL’s popularity is all the more remarkable when you inspect the fare it has to offer each week on television. – by Zachary M. Seward –

How 10 people built a competitor to for $1 million—in 90 days: “Being a scrappy startup, it’s funny to see some of our designers forklift once in a while,” chuckles Chieh Huang, CEO of Boxed. – by Christopher Mims –

Why Comcast isn’t worried about the Xbox One: While the tech world’s attention is firmly planted on the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and their bids to take over the living room, Comcast is having a party. – by Russell Brandom –

The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up: Editor’s note: Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital. Follow him on Twitter at @mattturck. Almost 15 years ago, a friend of mine at McKinsey spent a few nights writing a document called “The Battle for the Home”. – by Matt Turck –

Switched On: Taming Evernote’s paper tiger: Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. In April, Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced his company was getting into the hardware business — gradually, at first, by partnering with others. – by Ross Rubin –

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