What a busy week. I spent most of the week at the GigaOM East offices and Pier 60 in New York City where we hosted our second Structure:Data conference. It was a sellout. I’m heading home a day early as I have a busy week ahead. However, between all the meetings and conversations, I had enough time to read some of my favorite sources and curate these seven links for you folks to read this weekend.
- Nabeel Hyatt, a serial entrepreneur turned VC believes that Twitter is becoming a viable gaming platform. The first sign: the $200 million sale of OMGPOP to Zynga(s ZNGA).
- How young people in India who live in slums are using the Internet — on mobile devices. A quick read that is worth the minute or two. The full version is available as a PDF from Microsoft Research(s MSFT).
- Speaking of India, I was able to see the brand new F-1 track on the outskirts of Delhi — it’s a regular pit stop on the World F-1 championships. And speaking of F-1, ever wondered how much it would cost to take a year off and follow the F-1 circuit across the planet? Someone has done the math and you can find out the answer here.
- Fortune: Is Pinterest the new Facebook? Who knows, but it is a damn good read about one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. Also, Dan Ramsden on pixels and the true value of picture sharing.
- I am a big fan of Karl Lagerfield, not for his clothes but for his work ethic and his ability to adapt to changes in society with relative ease. Harper’s Bazaar finds out how he works, and I can tell you, it would not be possible for rest of us.
- Of all the SXSW wrap-ups, I like this one the best: Closer to one: Buddha and the internet of things.
- And, last but not least, Xanax and the happy pill epidemic.