Links for the Week of December 13

What we'll learn this week: living online means 1) all services will pretty much be the same thing soon, 2) our collective attention is programmed by editors, and 3) the NSA will do whatever the hell they want.

  • "Twitter is Instagramming, Instagram is Twittering, Facebook is Instagramming." Instagram released a new messaging feature this week. Megan Garber explains why that move is just the latest move towards a digital monoculture.

  • Every time Foursquare seems as if it's fading into the background, it comes roaring back. Wired takes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how its latest relevancy-saving feature was spawned.

  • Ever wonder how major online publications choose their viral content? This is worth reading just for its headline: Why Everyone Will Totally Read This Column.

  • The person you show the world through your online identity is a small sliver of the complete person you are. Trent Walton explores..

  • It's nearly impossible to browse the web today without coming across a Bitcoin article, but do you know how Bitcoin actually works?

  • The NSA scandal is far from over. In fact, the NSA's powers only seem to be increasing. In short, they must be stopped.

As always, Links is available as a Readlist so you can download it to your iOS, Android, or Kindle device, or to Readmill. Happy reading, happy weekend.