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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending May 30, 2015)

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

May 28, 2015

Tech in Cuba, Before the Thaw
Cuba is on the brink of opening up to the Internet as we know it; here’s a look at digital life inside the country today.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

Relax, the Terminator Is Far Away
Maybe the machines will rise against us one day. First they have to learn to open doors.
Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine

Evan Spiegel Reveals Plan to Turn Snapchat into a Real Business
The 24-year old cofounder and CEO of Snapchat shares his plan to win over Madison Avenue, despite the fact that he answers a question about his long-term vision like this: “These are the kinds of questions I hate, dude.”
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor

Ignore the Tech Skeptics
This is a thoughtful critique of the dystopia/euphoria dichotomy that colors a lot of technology criticism.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

I Fooled Millions into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.
A cautionary (and disappointing!) tale about the perils of lazy science journalism.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief

Inside the War on Coal
How the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign became one of the most successful in the history of environmentalism.
—Linda Lowenthal

What We Don’t See
Now that seemingly everything is photographed, what will not show up in our collective memories?
Brian Bergstein, executive editor

Lyme Disease on Plum Island: Fringe Conspiracy Theory or Government Cover-Up?
Some say Lyme disease escaped from a lab on Plum Island, New York.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

Breaking the Saudi Rules of Succession
A peek into the opaque world of royal Saudi politics explains the surprising choices for succession after the death of the current monarch, Salman, who is 79 and in ill health. What happens will have implications for worldwide energy markets, and for the ongoing tumult in the Middle East.
—Richard Martin, senior editor, energy