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Dave Winer deconstructs Ev Williams’ Medium, Nicholas Carr on head-mounted devices and reality augmentation, China’s new technology boom in the hinterlands, how DuckDuckGo is taking on Google, and why the Narwhal won and Orca failed are some of the stories worth reading this morning.

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Every morning I skim through hundreds of articles, blog posts and news reports, looking to come to grips with what’s happening in our world. I often save longer form stories for late-in-the-day reading. But there is some writing that needs to be shared immediately for they are worth reading and giving your day a kickstart.

  • Dave Winer, the granddaddy of blogging, deconstructs Ev Williams’ (Blogger, Twitter) newest creation, Medium. Here is his short and succinct take: It’s closest to Tumblr right now — another product that occupies the space between full-blown blogging like WordPress, and ultra lightweight blogging in Twitter.
  • Nicholas Carr looks at various head-mounted displays and patents granted, thinks about reality augmentation and wonders if “whether they will end up broadening the augmentational capacity of the human eye or narrowing it.”
  • The Washington Post visits Gabriel Weinberg, who is fighting Google with his search startup DuckDuckGo. I am a fan of Gabe and admire what he is doing. It is a tough battle, with more scars than rewards. But that’s what being a startup is all about — changing the status quo.
  • Mike Loukides peels the onion on why the Narwhal won and the Orca failed for their respective political campaigns.
  • The Telegraph goes to Chengdu in western China and finds yet another tech boom, this time in the hinterlands. (via Paul Kedrosky)

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