Wenesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Google is building Chrome apps support for Android and iOS, beta release coming as soon as January 2014: Google is working on bringing Chrome packaged apps from the desktop to the mobile world. The company is currently building a toolkit to help developers create Chrome apps for Android and iOS, as well as port their existing Chrome apps to both mobile platforms. – by Emil Protalinski – http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/12/03/google-building-chrome-apps-support-android-ios-beta-release-coming-soon-january-2014/

Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol for the internet of things finds a home in LG TVs : LG, the Korean appliance vendor will support Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol in its smart televisions coming out next year. – by Stacey Higginbotham – http://gigaom.com/2013/12/03/qualcomms-alljoyn-protocol-for-the-internet-of-things-finds-a-home-in-lg-tvs/

Why Apple Is Betting Big on Search: Just as Google and Facebook are trying to be more like Apple, Apple is trying to be more like them. – by Ryan Tate – http://www.wired.com/business/2013/12/apple-is-betting-big-on-search/

A Drone Scholar Answers the Big Questions About Amazon’s Plans: But there are many other ways to answer the questions that I posed to Raptopoulos. So, today, we bring you an interview with the University of Washington’s Ryan Calo, who has become a leading authority on the ethical and policy implications of emerging technologies. – by Alexis C. Madrigal – Tags: The Atlantic, The Atlantic Magazine, TheAtlantic.com, Atlantic, news, opinion, breaking news, analysis, commentary, business, politics, culture, international, science, technology, national and life – http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/a-drone-scholar-answers-the-big-questions-about-amazons-plans/282009/

Lyft’s former head of growth thinks food is the next big startup market: Gagan Biyani has the Silicon Valley serial entrepreneurship bug. It started in 2009, when he co-founded one of the first MOOC platforms Udemy. Then he began organizing the popular Growth Hackers Conference. And now, he’s launching a food making and delivery startup called Sprig. – by Hallie Bateman – http://pando.com/2013/12/03/why-the-co-founder-of-udemy-and-lyfts-former-head-of-growth-thinks-food-is-the-next-big-market/

Inside China’s Version of Silicon Valley: BEIJING—On the outside, China’s answer to Silicon Valley doesn’t look the part: It’s a crowded mass of electronics malls, fast-food joints and office buildings in northwest Beijing, bisected by congested highways. – by PAUL MOZUR – http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304854804579236211416212646-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwMzEwNDMyWj

Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android: PALO ALTO, Calif. — In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner. – by JOHN MARKOFF – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/technology/google-puts-money-on-robots-using-the-man-behind-android.html

Is Your Business Ready For The Sharing Economy?: In an economy driven by collaboration, customers have already caught on–think Airbnb, Spotify, or Uber. But it’s not just for users: the model is fundamentally changing the way business–and businesses–work. – by Stew Langille – http://m.fastcompany.com/3022840/leadership-now/is-your-business-ready-for-the-sharing-economy

It’s 2013. Why are we still waiting in checkout lines?: The Black Friday crush happens only once a year? Tell that to the thousands of shoppers who pass through D.C.’s grocery stores every week. No matter what time of day, chances are Washington residents will spend more of their time waiting to leave than actually walking around the store. – by Brian Fung – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/03/its-2013-why-are-we-still-waiting-in-checkout-lines/

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