Weekend reads #8
King of the Castle
An oral history of AI [bloomberg]. Turns out it’s pretty Canadian!
Inside Facebook’s plan to connect the world via internet.org [wired]. It didn’t go that smoothly!
The story of how the .dev domain, long used by devs for testing, died [medium/engineering].
Ben Thompson maps the “moats” of various companies, and explains how they’re influenced by their business models, and how they affect their success [stratechery]. Like all Thompson posts, the kind of thing that makes you go, “huh, yeah, yeah I guess that is a thing.”
A New Zealand story here, and one for the SEO heads: how an online casino is using loopholes and a clever URL tactic to exploit gambling addicts [thespinoff].
How the music industry messed up legal streaming the first time [motherboard.vice].
And meet Stanford Ovshinsky, the inventor who changed your life [blogs.scientificamerican].
On Your Bike
Bicycles are the vehicles of the future [wired]. Sharing this partially for the headline.
Not a read, but still: how an episode of the Simpsons comes together, according to an editor of the show [youtube].