This week was all about CES 2014, the annual show where we get wowed by the hottest, newest, craziest tech products, and hope that we'll actually be able to buy them someday. Still, it wasn't all glitz and gadgets this week — there were plenty of smart tech reads to get us thinking beyond the annual product cycle.

  • Rusty Foster and Benjamin Jackson did a post-mortem examination on how Snapchat was hacked, exposing personal data for 4.6 million users. [The New Yorker]
  • Over at Threat Level, Steven Levy looked at how NSA demands had Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants fighting against their own government, and how 2013 changed the internet forever. [Wired]
  • Haider Javed Warraich, M.D. explains when a doctor might Google his or her patient, and how that might lead to better, more compassionate care. [The New York Times]
  • The story of Peter Gwynne, the journalist who wrote a short 1975 Newsweek article observing a short-term trend of global cooling. While the article was accurate in its short-frame observations, climate change deniers and right-wing zealots are still inaccurately quoting it today as evidence against long-term global warming. [Scientific American]
  • Daniel Engber delves into the history of a sound that was ubiquitous for generations, but that's disappearing today — the dial tone. [The New York Times]

Image: Juergen Boyny, of Germany, watches a video clip with a personal viewing device at the Sony booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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