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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending July 18, 2015)

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

Jul 16, 2015

The Web We Have to Save
What is getting lost as people spend more time in apps and less on the open Web.
Brian Bergstein, executive editor

The Really Big One
An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor

The Mob’s IT Department
A darkly fascinating tale of two technologists drawn into a dangerous world of high-tech drug smuggling.
Will Knight, senior editor, AI

Can I Post a Photo of a Bad Driver?
On the ethics of “digilantism.”
—Will Knight

Thanks to Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, We’re All Gamers Now
A nice piece about the legacy of the games industry pioneer who sadly passed away this month.
—Will Knight

Unhealthy Fixation
Slate’s William Saletan has a very thorough takedown of the anti-GMO movement.
Mike Orcutt, research editor

When Your Manicure Comes Alive
Is the world ready for 3-D-printed fingernails?
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief

How Spyware Peddler Hacking Team Was Publicly Dismantled
How the secrets of a company that sells hacking and surveillance tools to disreputable governments were spilled when it became a hacking victim itself.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

Mapping Every Single Job in the U.S.
A visual documentation of America’s employment according to race.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

The Women Who Rule Pluto
The way I learned the planetary mnemonic was: “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas”—not my very energetic, or enthusiastic, or emphatic mother, which is how it sometimes goes. By that same token, I was thrilled to learn that more women than ever played a crucial role in this NASA mission.
—Julia Sklar, intern