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The Data Drive: A Paper Internet From an Alternate Universe

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Many artists and scientists have considered printing the Internet on the requisite 136 billion pieces of standard (8″x11″) paper — few have tried. Still fewer have fed such sheets of paper into a printer, printed out the world’s most famous websites, cut them up, resized and reassembled them with original content before scanning the product back into a computer and posting it online. As far as we know, in fact, only a person named Daniel Kolitz has attempted to create a robustly microcosmic, hyperlinked Internet out of scanned cutouts.
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‘Digging for Fire’ and Taylor Swift’s Approval: Links You Need to See

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Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg — whose forte is slice-of-life filmmaking — has a new film which Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey deemed “a series of keenly observed moments that defy your typical (read: dull) three-act conventions in favor of something messier and, frankly, more interesting” and Variety describes as “a lovely slice of everything and nothing.
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Stop Freaking Out About ‘Newsweek’s’ Silicon Valley Cover and Read the Story It’s Advertising

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Behind every provocative magazine cover lies an article whose worth we can only determine by actually reading it. Newsweek’s cursor-lifting “upskirt” cover appeared last night, and initial outrage poured forth on Twitter, as it so often does. Then the article, “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,” was published. And it became clear, to me at least, that the cover was an extremely accurate representation of the content. Was it unnecessarily titillating, too? Maybe, but if it brought readers in, I think it did its job.
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Mark Zuckerberg’s Book Club Is a Shameless Act of Propaganda

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There are few things less surprising than Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to start a book club. As I predicted not long ago, it was just a matter of time before Zuckerberg joined in on the publishing game, given his newfound newspaper-y aspirations — think Murdoch, Hearst, Bezos. But there is more to this charade. It’s all about business, politics, the politics of business, and the business of politics.
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Ello: Why Facebook Should Be Worried About a Rudimentary, Incomplete New Social Media Site

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Last week, you’d never heard of Ello — but suddenly there are thinkpieces about it everywhere, and someone sent you an invitation just before the invite program got frozen yesterday, and now you’re trying to make sense of the “minimalist” UI and wondering what exactly the fuss is all about. Or maybe you didn’t get an invite, and you’re also, yes, wondering what all the fuss is about. The site seemed to come out of nowhere, and the reason is twofold: first, while Ello’s been taking requests for invitations to its beta program since March, it was only this week that they started issuing those invitations in earnest. And second, it’s pitching itself as an ad-free alternative to the Zuckerbergian business model (its manifesto concludes with the declaration, “You are not a product”).
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