Saturday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

A closer look at the Jolla phone: good intentions, bad delivery (video): Jolla’s self-titled and first smartphone launched in partnership with Finnish carrier DNA this week, with a few hundred handsets finding their way to early pre-orderers. – by Jamie Rigg –

Pay Attention, Snapchat! China’s WeChat Messaging App Does E-Commerce Well.: American messaging services could learn a thing or two from WeChat. The mobile-focused app is massively popular in China and spreading quickly abroad; of the 270-million-plus regular users of the service, about a quarter of those are outside of mainland China. – by Mike Isaac – Tags: commerce, general, mobile, news, social, e-commerce, evan spiegel, facebook, gaming, in-app purchases, kakaotalk, messaging, path, snapchat, tencent, wechat, xiaomi –

While Mulally/Nadella Remain the Favorites, Bates Is Silicon Valley’s Choice for Microsoft CEO: About 10 days ago, AllThingsD reported once again that Ford CEO Alan Mulally was in the lead position to take over as CEO of Microsoft, with one internal exec as the No. 2 choice. As I noted in a post on Nov. – by Kara Swisher – Tags: enterprise, general, media, mobile, news, alan mulally, featured post, microsoft, satya nadella, tony bates –

How Many Patents Does Google Have? Plenty: Over the last few years, Google executives have had plenty to say about patents. According to Google, patents, particularly software patents, are mostly bogus, largely low-quality, and used in court by companies that can’t innovate to hurt consumers and stifle true innovators. – by Antonio Regalado –

Clan of the Caveman’s Diet: The challenge: To cook and eat “Paleo” for two weeks. The rules: No processed foods, no legumes or grains, no dairy, no soy, minimal fruit, loads of meat and vegetables. (The rules morphed, mid-challenge, to be addressed later.) – by Sophie Brickman –

Why aren’t Amazon and Hulu shows playing on Netflix’s level? — Tech News and Analysis: When Netflix made television history this summer with its nine Emmy nominations for House of Cards, there was a lot of discussion about how the the show’s victory represented a major breakthrough for digital content. But it’s a success that appears to be limited to Netflix at this stage. – by Liz Shannon Miller – Tags: Alpha House,Amazon,Battleground,Betas,house of cards,Hulu,John Goodman,Netflix –

The Verge at work: using the Pebble smartwatch to never miss a thing: The Verge at Work is a series about process. We’re not scientists, and we’re not gurus, we’re just trying to get some work done. The solutions presented here are highly personal, and highly personalized. Not the only way, but our way. Stay focused. Attention is the new currency. – by Dan Seifert –

Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel: Saying no to $3B, and feeling lucky: LOS ANGELES — Like many a young man, Evan Thomas Spiegel is enamored of expensive cars. Unlike many young men, he can afford them. Snapchat, which was valued at $800 million just a few months ago, makes an app for sending pictures and videos, called “snaps,” that disappear after a few seconds. – by Jennifer Van Grove – Tags: snapchat, facebook –$3b-and-feeling-lucky/

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