A great profile of my friend Ryan Hoover who runs Product Hunt. My favorite quote: "People shouldn’t be so damn judgmental about people creating things—a silly app is just something fun."
Magic Leap is a secretive Google-backed startup that's working on next-generation virtual/augmented reality experiences. We don't know much about them, but this piece gives good insight into what it's working on and how it might change the world.
A fascinating study by Twitter looks at how people's brains reacted to using the service versus other things like browsing the internet or opening physical mail. The results were particularly surprising.
This incredibly long profile of Apple's lead designer, Jony Ive, is one of the first times such a deep amount of information about him and Apple's workings has been published. It's a huge read, but there's so many great tidbits in here if you're interested in the company at all.
This quote is astounding: “Somewhere between 20 to 30% of our users — and this is just an estimate — come from some other centralized group-messaging system like HipChat, Campfire, or IRC,” Butterfield says. “When we asked the other 70 to 80% what they were using for internal communication, they said, ‘Nothing.’ Also worth reading about how Slack uses Slack.
LINE messenger in Japan is extremely popular and does far more than just messaging; it's the hub for everything from listening to music to playing games. To many outside Japan, it's hard to understand why LINE is so profitable, so this read does a great job of explaining just why it's so huge.