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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending May 9, 2015)

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

May 7, 2015

Secret’s Doomed Script
Business journalist Joe Nocera writes about the death of Secret and Silicon Valley’s remarkable capacity for self-parody.
Will Knight, senior editor, AI

The Lessons Google Ventures Learned from Secret
An interesting NYT piece regarding the death of the anonymous app Secret, with some candid comments from Google Ventures investor Bill Maris.
Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile

A Few Thoughts on Secret
Maris’s follow-up on Medium
—Rachel Metz

Backed into a Corner
The complicated, emotional winding down of Kickstarter projects gone bad.
Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports

Forget the Apple Watch and Make Your Own Wearable Technology
Q&A with Beck Stern, an artist whose idea of wearables focuses not on mass production but the “radically customized.”
—Nanette Byrnes

Everybody Dies: How to Preserve Your Digital Legacy
A thought-provoking guide on how to prepare your online accounts for the day you’re not around to look after them any more.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

I Was an Undercover Uber Driver
A journalist signs on as an Uber driver to give an insight into life at the beck and call of the company’s app, ratings system, and customers.
—Tom Simonite

Overkill
Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public-health researcher, gives my skeptical mind regarding the U.S. health-care system a tiny bit of hope.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

Leaving New York and Also Technology
An entertaining read about one man’s reasons for leaving his techno-hipster haven in Brooklyn and trying to go off the grid.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook Are at War Over the Future of News — And One of Them Tried to Buy a Media Company
On the “land grab” for online news distribution and the ongoing disruption of the media business.
—Kyanna Sutton

Why Hawaiians Are Protesting Construction of the World’s Second-Largest Telescope
Ancestry versus technology in Hawaii.
—Kyanna Sutton