Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week explores how Russian Siri was a homophobic jerk (until Apple set her straight last week), how the digital era has transformed pregnancy, and more! Enjoy.
- Apple’s new Russian-language Siri was apparently treating “gay” like a swear word, until a Russian Apple user exposed her homophobic responses on YouTube. Thankfully, Apple appears to have remediated the embarrassing problem. [Buzzfeed]
- For many women, smartphone apps and online forums have transformed the experience of having a child. Women can now compare every step of their pregnancy with a massive online community, and apps are at hand to facilitate everything from breastfeeding to changing diapers. But in the end, is our connection to our devices a good thing for the mother-child bond? [The Atlantic]
- The Golden ratio has earned a legendary reputation in the worlds of art, architecture and design. But as John Brownlee explains, our fascination with the hidden math behind beauty is actually age-old bullshit. [Co.DESIGN]
- A fascinating glimpse into the lives of the dozen or so painters whose single job is to keep the Golden Gate Bridge looking brand-spanking new all the time. From saving lives to dangling hundreds of feet in the air on a daily basis, it sounds a bit like being Spiderman. [The Atlantic CityLab]
- Astrologer Susan Miller has built a digital empire consisting of millions of dedicated online fans. Despite her celebrity status, Miller’s reputation for sincerity, and her ability to offer intimate, personalized advice, has only grown alongside her juggernaut of online supporters. [The Verge]