This past week saw the passing away of Ray Bradbury, the author best known for Fahrenheit 451. There were plenty of articles written about Bradbury, but the NY Times has a few to get started with: Ray Bradbury, Popularizer of Science Fiction Dies at 91 and Ray Bradbury Who Made Science Fiction Respectable
Why do we seem to value privacy so little? In part, it’s because we are told to. Facebook has more than once overridden its users’ privacy preferences, replacing them with new default settings. Facebook then responds to the inevitable public outcry by restoring something that’s like the old system, except slightly less private. And it adds a few more lines to an inexplicably complex privacy dashboard.
– Cory Doctorow, The Curious Case of Internet Privacy | Technology Review
Cory Doctorow is a co-editor at BoingBoing and one of the best writers on the Internet about privacy issues.
No one can really tell how history will remember Steve Jobs, not even Mr. Seriously With That Hair? It’s like trying to predict fashion trends or smartphone market share or Katy Perry. You can’t! They’re flighty and may change on a whim!
– Macalope, Executive Suite | MacWorld
The “Mr. Seriously With That Hair” is none other than Malcolm Gladwell, who talked about how history will remember Bill Gates, but not Steve Jobs. You can read more and watch the video over at The Verge
Also at The Verge is more information about the new Apple Campus, otherwise known as the Spaceship campus. It looks gorgeous on the outside, but learn more about the interior. Apple Campus Floorplans Take You Inside the Spaceship
Twitter released a new logo this past week, which removed the word “Twitter” from it, becoming more like the Nike swoosh. At the Atlantic, Rebecca Rosen asks an interesting question: Is the Twitter Bird Extinct? I was a bit surprised with the answer.
It was a big week for Marco Arment and Instapaper. If you visit Starbucks, you may still be able to snag an iTunes App Store coupon to get his app for free on your iPhone and iPad. He was also featured on the Howard Stern show. You can listen to the ad, and hear more about his decision to do the Starbucks giveaway in the latest Build and Analyze podcast.
Finally, watch this great video from Neal Stephenson’s Kickstarter project Clang: