Links (August 9, 2013)

It's the end of the week, and all you want to do is relax and catch up on the week's reading. That's what Links is for. Enjoy.

  • Jeff Bezos bought WaPo for a cool $250 million this week. That may or may not be a brilliant move, but Kara Swisher of AllThingsD wants to let Bezos know just what he bought.

  • Foursquare may be the most on again, off again company on the web. One minute, it's hot, the next, it's not, and on and on. Fast Company takes a fascinating look at the man behind the roller coaster company.

  • Facebook's News Feed is the backbone of the behemoth social network, but no one understands how it works. Some things you see, some things you don't- but why? VP of product Chris Cox recently sat down with GigaOm to "demystify the process."

  • Peter Wayner explains how algorithms are becoming creators, and are competing with actual human creators. That's not exactly fair for fair use.

  • Most technologists are idealists at heart. Cadell Last is no different, and thinks that technology can do for transportation what it's already done for communication.

  • If you're reading this, you've probaby complained about Facebook's privacy settings. Maybe Facebook isn't the problem, though. Over on Aeon, Ian Leslie explains just how far back our instincts for privacy go, and why the privacy problem may be deeply embedded into humanity itself.

Happy reading! If you'd like, you can view this as a Readlist to send it to your mobile device or Kindle.