Friday 5 — 08.30.2013

Friday 5 — 08.30.2013
  1. The New York Times put up an interactive feature on startups to watch. It’s an interesting list of new ideas (Myo) and mass eyeballs (WhatsApp), and a clean way to get reader feedback close to the content, like annotations. Nitpick: the design seems a little unnecessarily spare, and I’d like to be able to share each item rather than the whole story.
  2. Web analytics startup Parse.ly finds that Feedly is the big winner in the feed reader market post Google Reader, and that the Outbrain content discovery platform is driving more than 50M page views. More coverage here.
  3. More internets = more spam, but these algorithms are killing Twitter spammers even before they start. This methodology could be applicable to other social media services. Based on several metrics including content analysis, the system in one model identified and deleted 95% of problematic accounts registered across 27 services.
  4. This week marks ten years of Skype — now, “to skype” is even a verb. Here’s a terrific timeline of internet telephony.
  5. In the U.S. it’s Labor Day weekend. Here’s a great video reminder: it’s time to put down your smartphone and eke out the last moments of summer.

Every Friday, find five, highly subjective links about compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally. Please let me know what I’ve missed in the comments below.

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