What You Should Be Reading This Weekend


At our GigaOM company meeting, Simon Mackie, editor of WebWorkerDaily shared his views on why every weekend he publishes and shares a collection of articles & blog posts he had read over the week. Taking a cue from him and my friend Paul Kedrosky, I am sharing a list of articles/posts which I think you should read this weekend.

* Rolling Stone Magazine interviews Steve Jobs: One from the archives. This interview conducted in 1994 lays out Jobs’ vision of the future. Much of it is coming true.

* Google Me to the Moon: In a beautiful nostalgic essay, Angels Riechers writes on Google Maps, GPS and the lost art of navigation & discovery.

* Davos is for wimps, ninnies, pointless, skeptics: Michael Lewis, perhaps one of my favorite writers skewers the Davos set. Rightfully so.

* Why spray on glass is going to change everything: This could be one of those game changing technologies that changes everything we touch.

* A rebuttal to Fraser Speirs’ Future Shock/ iPad Essay: Brian Dear writes a coherent, spew-less piece that is a joy to read, even though I don’t quite agree with many things he says.

* Winners, losers from Apple iPad roll out. EE Times does a good job of breaking down the silicon winners and losers of the Apple iPad rollout.

* Better user experience with story telling: Francisco Inchauste outlines how we can use story telling as a way to stand out in our increasingly crowded digital world. He thinks we can use stories to connect “as real people, not just computers.” I totally agree and have used this technique in my work as a magazine writer. Now as part of the new new media, I am constantly striving to learn how to do that on the web.

And a bonus self-serving link to my post about MTV’s new logo in almost 30 years. Even though I was part of MTV generation, for me in this post Internet age, MTV is completely irrelevant. Have a read!

PS: If you would like to send interesting essays and writings, please drop me a note using the “contact” form.



I really love this, a great idea.Some interesting pieces, especially the one about liquid glass. My mind was racing thinking of the many applications it could be potentially used for. Could be worth an investment in their stock!

Matt @ Promotional Products

Great article, I read about half the links (hey it’s what I should be reading right!) and particularly enjoyed the one about Google maps etc – it’s amazing how life changes with new technology that we take for granted and which we would never have dreamed of in the past!

William Will

Sorry guys, but your nanotechnology liquid glass story seems to be pointing to a company and product that reminds me very much of snake-oil salesmen. I don’t think this stuff is legit at all. You might have wanted to check it out a bit more before you hoist the story onto your readers.

Om Malik


The fact is that by pointing it to you and you not liking it/having doubts is part of sharing process. I read and shared. You offered your opinion, which would make others wonder. It would have been great if you had more reasons that simple dismissal of the said story. That way we could all benefit from your skepticism and learn at the same time.


With respect to Jobs, objects are interesting from the perspective of where we are at with both cloud computing and mobile. The reshuffling of the deck chairs has gotten people kerfluffled. They look at an app and can’t see the web through its eyes. They miss the enormous expenditures of back-end effort it is going to take to build interesting systems that anticipate users needs on the cloud of virtual main frames.

The most interesting stuff is not the eMagazines that will be built rapidly, but the expanding book that anticipates our needs as the page turns.

Ian Acheson


Great idea – thank you. Helps clear the inbox & raises the cream to the top…


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