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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending March 14, 2015)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

Mar 13, 2015

Exit Interview: Mathew Ingram
Mathew Ingram, the media critic of GigaOm, does his exit interview with the Columbia Journalism Review after GigaOm suddenly folds.
Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher

Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like
An archaeologist has created a multisensory augmented-reality system to bring prehistoric settlements to life.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief

Venture Capital Has a Self-Dealing Problem
It’s surprisingly common – and ethically questionable – for venture funds to invest in their own partners’ side businesses
Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports

Disney’s $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband
Disney World uses technology to reduce friction in its self-contained paradise. Could something like it work in the real world?
Brian Bergstein, deputy editor

Exclusive: IBM Looking at Adopting Bitcoin Technology for Major Currencies
A “source familiar with the matter” tells Reuters that IBM is adopting something like Bitcoin’s blockchain to create a digital system for exchanging major currencies.
Mike Orcutt, research editor

Philip K. Dick Was Right: We Are Becoming Androids
An interesting essay about our relationship with technology.
Will Knight, news and analysis editor

A Glimpse at How the Apple Watch is Made
A product designer finds clues to Apple’s manufacturing methods in a recent promotional video.
—Will Knight

Fatal Encounters
This ambitious crowdsourcing project seeks to build a searchable and comprehensive database of people killed by law enforcement officers. The interactive can filter deaths by race, year, and cause.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind
MIT has developed a device that guides a blind user’s finger along a line of text and reads the words aloud.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer