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Welcome to issue #237 of meshedsociety – a curated email in which I share some of the most informative, insightful and inspirational pieces that I've recently been stumbling on, with a focus on technology, digital, and some serendipity.

Hello! I hope you are doing well.
I'm trying out a slightly modified format by making this email more compact, removing most of my commentary and opinion, except for rare cases, or where I consider a comment necessary for context. There is a risk that this will make meshedsociety more generic and less personal. On the other hand, it puts the recommendations front and center, and that's my goal. Plus, it is a bit less work writing this email :)

On to this issue's recommendations!

Note: Some of the publications may use “soft” paywalls. If you are denied access, open the URL in your browser’s incognito/private mode (or subscribe if you find yourself reading a lot of the content on a specific site and want to support it).
Podcast episodes:
  • Faces
    (Pessimists Archive, 50 minutes)
    Hilarious episode on the strange historical pattern of people claiming that new technologies are physically deforming our faces.

  • How Facebook bought WhatsApp
    (Acquired, 1 hour 46 minutes)

  • Mark Zuckerberg was blinded by his need to compete
    (Recode Decode, 1 hour 9 minutes)
    Wired editor-at-large Steven Levy talks with Kara Swisher about his latest book "Facebook: The Inside Story".
Last issue's top 3 most clicked articles: +++

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