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December 19, 2015

Recommended Reading: The harsh realities of internet fame

by John_A

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Get Rich or Die Vlogging: The Sad Economics of Internet Fame
Gaby Dunn, Fusion

Just because you’re famous on the internet, doesn’t mean you’re rolling in the dough. This piece takes a look at the harsh realities of being famous on the web and trying to survive in the real world. As it turns out, YouTube fame, for some, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Songs We Love 2015
NPR

“Best of” lists are a dime a dozen this time of year, but NPR’s 2015 music roundup is definitely worth a look.

The Art of Escape
Ryan Bradley, Kill Screen

Would it be so bad if inmates had access to video games while serving out their sentences?

The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage
Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg Business

George Hotz is well-known for prying into the iPhone’s inner workings, and now he’s looking to take on Google and Tesla with his Acura ILX.

The Nine Lives of Leonardo DiCaprio
Robert Capps, Wired

Wired sat down with Leonardo DiCaprio to chat about his new film Revenant, malfunctioning parachutes, climate change and more.

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