Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week explores the unknown corners NYC, an underwater supernova, and the real meaning of the so-called sharing economy. Enjoy!


  • The trusty screenshot has a newfound and diverse importance in today's internet culture, Wired's Clive Thompson points out. People grab shots of texts or tweets to share with friends and preserve the ephemera of the internet. Like how camera phones let us capture and save moments of our lives, screenshots now do for our online lives. [Wired]
  • Fun fact: A programming pioneer named Edsger W. Dijkstra designed an algorithm years ago to determine the shortest route between two points—a complicated problem he distilled into simple math that now powers the Google Maps directions we take for granted daily. [Motherboard]
  • Gothamist hangs out with several young urban explorers in New York City photographing the unknown and off limits areas of the metropolis. The story has some great shots, check it out. [Gothamist]
  • Fascinating article by Julia Rosen for Nautilus about an asphalt black mineral formation growing under the sea that could be evidence of an ancient nearby supernova, which holds precious clues to scientists about the cosmic phenomenon. [Nautilus]
  • The surging popularity of on-demand services with tech workers and work-from-homers is causing a new sort of shut-in economy with two sides—one that's not about sharing at all, but rather dividing the people paying to get served and the people doing the serving. [Medium]

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