7 must read stories from around the web

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Being back from my break, I spent a lot of time this morning catching up on various blogs, newspapers and other editorial sources. Here are seven stories that stood out and are worth reading, especially if you are on a lunch break.

  • Facebook’s China Problem: Everyone is hyperventilating about Facebook’s IPO. The social network’s big problem is growth, and in order to grow it has to crack China. Tough luck, for as Jessi Hempel of Fortune points out, local players are ahead of the game.
  • Lunch with Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Financial Times goes to lunch with the web’s founding father and talks to him about the state of web/Internet today.
  • Flash in a tab: Looks like Apple and Amazon are making a killing on flash storage chips, reports Brian Chen of The New York Times. The prices of flash memory have declined by almost half and the devices – well, no discounts there.
  • HD Video? You need bandwidth for that: According to¬†Wistia’s State of the HD Viewing in America report, nearly 20 percent of broadband users don’t have enough bandwidth to view HD video, meaning their connections are slower than 2 Mbps.
  • Swarm Robots: The droid workforce of the future: Taking cues from social insects such as ants, some believe that swarm robots could find their way into farming and even medicine. Seems a bit too sci-fi? Well, so did the social web a few decades back.
  • Negative consequences of scale and financialization: Good short piece on how too much finance ruined supermarkets and other similar businesses and destroyed a lot of value.
  • Why do people reject science? Now with more data to prove that there is something really weird about society’s science denialism.
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