This week in Tech Reads: Twitter, YouTube, Her, and much more!
- New York Times film critic A.O. Scott recounts the weird turn of events when one of his tweets turned into an advertisement for Inside Llewyn Davis, and what happened next. [NYTimes]
- Ryan Graff explains how the New York Times' most popular item of 2013 was created by an intern. [Northwestern University Knight Lab]
- Kevin Roose answers the question on every movie-goer's mind: just how close are we to the artificially-intelligent romance of Her? [New York Magazine]
- Mark Slutsky reveals some of the saddest, strangest, and most touching notes written on the internet—in, of all places, YouTube comments. [BuzzFeed]
- Ben Crair thinks deep on the one thing that bothers you every time you text or type a message: "so-and-so is typing..." [New Republic]
- Alexis Madrigal reveals the masterminds behind the wildly popular (and frequently inaccurate) Twitter account, @HistoryInPics. [The Atlantic]
- Jenna Wortham studies Twitter's drawbacks through the lens of its most recent blowup, the Bieber arrest. [NYTimes]
Image: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lights up the night sky over Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as it carries NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS-L, to Earth orbit. Launch was at 9:33 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 23 during a 40-minute launch window.
The TDRS-L spacecraft is the second of three new satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA by expanding the lifespan of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) fleet, which consists of eight satellites in geosynchronous orbit. The spacecraft provide tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services for numerous science and human exploration missions orbiting Earth. These include NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. TDRS-L has a high-performance solar panel designed for more spacecraft power to meet the growing S-band communications requirements. TDRSS is one of three NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) networks providing space communications to NASA's missions.
Image Credit: NASA/Dan Casper