Links of the day | 在网上找到

The Internet of Things is looking for its VisiCalc – Beep Networks Blog – VisCalc was a spreadsheet and the first useful application for personal computers, people bought them to take into work because of VisiCalc – what my university lecturer would have called a ‘killer application’

The cypherpunk revolution | Christian Science Monitor – great history on the impact of public key encryption

How showbiz stars and pretty boys came to the rescue of China’s version of Twitter | South China Morning Post – bread and circuses – interesting skew towards female users though

WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer) – hypocrites (paywall) and Don’t just pardon Edward Snowden; give the man a medal | TechCrunch

Tech Talent: How the UK lost six potential titans – BBC News – interesting to see ARM Holdings included in this, not the kind of narrative that they would like around their brand
Africa’s Naspers Takes Aim at Craigslist | WSJ – interesting move by Naspers

Larry Ellison demos a chat bot with a joke about his salary – Business Insider – chat bots as programming interface

Rush of Chinese Investment in Europe’s High-Tech Firms Is Raising Eyebrows – NYTimes.com – and sketchy business dealings