Here’s what we’re reading today:
1. Why Apple killed the headphone jack
“The standard audio jack that connects your headphones to just about everything has been around for nearly 150 years. Here’s why Apple thought it was time for a change.”
+1: Facebook’s News Feed, maybe the most important invention in the social web, turned 10 this week.
2. Is Ivanka Trump for real?
“Ivanka’s true feelings about the race and her father have become one of the great mysteries of this election.”
+1: Donald Trump doubled down on his praise for Vladimir Putin last night at an NBC forum in New York, saying: “Certainly, in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader. We have a divided country.”
3. Companies are using ‘social physics’ to make workers happier in their crappy jobs
“Instead of handing out gift cards and hanging employee-of-the-month plaques on the wall, a new breed of companies wants to make workers more productive (and ideally happier) by managing their social interactions with each other. These companies are harnessing every conceivable data stream and deploying the results to shape how employees relate to each other. For call center agents, the future is friendlier, and maybe a lot more creepy.”
4. Ants trapped in a Russian nuclear bunker are building their own society
“Keep calm and carry on building. That’s the motto of 100,000 or so wood ants stranded without food in a nuclear bunker until they starve.”
5. Indie crossword puzzlers are shaking up a a very square world
“Yet while BuzzFeed’s puzzle revolution fizzled, a devoted band of ragtag agitators remains devoted to the cause. A vibrant ecosystem of independent crosswords — ‘indies’ — exists on the internet, its component puzzles multiplying and evolving, finding their niche and trying to find ways to survive. And some of them can outrate the gold standard over at the Times.”