Welcome to Reading List, your one-stop shop for the great tech reads around the web. All these well-crafted long reads touch on password security, the dark web, internet television, NASA experiments, and humanity's continued (and fruitful) research with psychedelics. Need I say more?
Just in case I do need to say more, here's a brief look into these stories and why they're worth your eyeballs' attention. Happy reading!
- Last week's conviction of the alleged creator of the Silk Road is the highest profile court case to spin out from the Dark Web, the well-guarded and knowingly illegal recess of the internet. The conviction will have ramifications and dangerous legal precedent moving forward, but this is how it will shape the Dark Web in the days, months, and years ahead. [The Atlantic]
- Password credentials seem to be stolen with cataclysmic security breaches from some online web service or big-box retailer on a near weekly basis. But there's one Ukrainian man in Milwaukee who is particularly adept at recovering stolen data. Here's how he's so good at tracing the untraceable. [Popular Mechanics].
- Twitter's Promoted Tweets are those 140 characters of #brand annoyance that inject themselves into your well-honed feed. Now, Twitter wants to expand them into third-party services like Flipboard. Andy Baio on Medium explores clever work arounds to the Promoted Tweets system, and how it can be hacked for your personal enjoyment. [Medium]
- Technology often progresses in a straight line, building upon itself to create more complex devices and services. But every once in awhile you can stumble upon ouroboros cycle, an ass-to-mouth form of progress where what is "new" transforms into what is "old." The Awl's John Hermann examines new media models, especially Snapchat's recent foray as a primary content provider, and how "the future" of news is very much stuck in the past. [The Awl]
- Google Glass version 1.0 had a tumultuous and short lifespan, inspiring interest in alternate computing platforms and creating a whole new derogatory tech term all at the same time. This New York Times report looks at what went wrong, what Google has learned, and how the company hopes its next AR headset won't make you feel like a Glasshole. [The New York Times]
- As humans prepare to jump our celestial ship to new planetary homes and beyond, NASA and other space agencies are learning all they can about outer space's effects on the human body. In an investigation into muscle atrophy, NASA paid one man $18,000 to lie in bed for 70 days. This is his story—in his own words. [Vice]
- "New Research in Psychedelics" may seem like a headline fit for the 1960s, but new revived research is now helping cancer patients and many others. Michael Pollan investigates the hallucinogenic drug's past and its possible future. [The New Yorker]