Links for the Week of October 4

It's been a busy week, and you want to relax with some good reads. We've got you covered.

  • Music streaming services are pretty great. We may even be in the midst of the golden age of music... but something' s missing. Call it the human touch. Fast Company lays out a plan to cure what ails streaming services.

  • Ahh, Twitter. It already has a long and storied history, but we forget that, when it launched, no one really knew what it was. Quartz wants to remind you just how far the microblogging service has come, through descriptions of the service published by the New York Times.

  • Privacy versus transparency is perhaps the defining dichotomy of the digital age. In light of the NSA scandal, it's certainly the conversation that needs to be had, not just in terms of the public, but of the government as well.

  • As a father of a little girl, this Vanity Fair story scares the hell outta me. "There are so many apps and shit that just, like, hand you the girls." What is social media doing to teenage girls?

  • The iPhone. It changed everything, but what is its future? The New York Times tries to answer that question by taking a close look at its past.

  • "Imagine all of the paintings he would not have painted because he was busy touching a tiny little piece of glass that interpreted his touches...". That's what Dustin Curtis would have written had he written an essay about Twitter and essays.

As always, these articles are available in Readlist format should you care to download it to your Android or iOS device, or your Kindle. Happy reading, and have a great weekend, all.