This week in tech reads, a deeper look at privacy, money, and the way that design affects how students learn.

  • Ryan Lizza asks, "why won't the president rein in the intelligence community?" [The New Yorker]
  • Martin Austermuhle examines what Washington, D.C. does with the data from over 200 million license plate images snapped by plate scanning cameras [WAMU 88.5]
  • Robert McMillan tells the strange story of a man who turns Bitcoin into physically minted coins, and why the Fed is shutting him down [Wired]
  • Mike Isaac weighs Facebook's desire to be tomorrow's newspaper with the ways people actually use the social media site [AllThingsD]
  • Bobby George explains how the design changes in iOS7 changed the way Montessori educators use technology to teach [Quartz]


Image: In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 photo, police officers monitor computer screens showing an interactive map of an area of the city, security footage from nearby cameras, if there are high radiation levels and whether any other threats have been made in New York city. The Domain Awareness System, known as "the dashboard," instantaneously mines data from the NYPD's vast collection of arrest records, 911 calls, more than 3,000 security cameras city-wide, license plate readers and portable radiation detectors and aggregates it into a user-friendly, readable form. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)