Interviewing Edward Snowden, Robin Williams’s Social Media Wake and More Morning #Mustreads
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Here are some articles to ease the pain of being awake, brought to you by Re/code:
- Wired’s James Bamford scored a huge interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow. A few takeaways: Snowden has a strange sleep schedule, there’s a cyber defense program called “MonsterMind” and in 2012 NSA hackers accidentally shut off the Internet in Syria.
- It’s now second nature for us to take to Facebook and Twitter when famous people die. Yahoo’s Rob Walker takes a look at the public mourning for Robin Williams on social media. Kicker: “It’s not our modern tools that determine how we experience an event, tragic or otherwise. It’s us, and how we choose to use those tools, and what they give us.”
- Al Jazeera has a nifty profile of Zephyr Teachout, the upstart progressive New York gubernatorial candidate looking to unseat Andrew Cuomo this November. Teachout is committed to preventing the Comcast*-Time Warner deal from going through (Time Warner has a huge customer base in New York), and her running mate is law professor Tim Wu, a.k.a. the “father of net neutrality.”
- The American workforce is sleep-deprived, and somehow we’re still waking up early enough to get to the office on time. New York’s Science of Us has some helpful tips to make your weekday mornings just a bit more bearable.
- From Slate, 88-year-old congressman John Dingell doesn’t understand your “emojis” and wants you to get off his damn lawn already.
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