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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Technical and whimsical is a tough combo to pull off, but Nicole Galland & Neal Stephenson did so effectively in their debut collaboration, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Set in a world where magic had existed (until technology and quantum mechanics interfered), the book features a polyglot Harvard lecturer who finds herself at the center of a government skunkworks to close the “magic gap” by constructing a device that lets witches practice their craft, and time travel, in very specific environments. Underlying the techno-adventure is an interesting display of gender interplay – no wizards in this universe, and the bureaucrats & other characters who stymie our protagonist’s efforts are uniformly male (with one critical exception). The book ends in a perfect setup to a sequel, which I’m already anticipating.

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Vox Media licenses Chorus to Sun-Times; take a look at what the backend’s like

The team at Vox Media deserves all the snaps for its work on Chorus, the once-mythical “unicorn” content management system that does just about everything a digital publisher could want.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

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