Weekend Links is a collection of links that I found over the course of the week. They make for great weekend reading, and come out every Friday, just in time for you to peruse them as you’re trying to find anything else other than work to do.
The Ultimate Retaliation: Pranking My Roommate With Targeted Facebook Ads: Recently I found myself in need of a roommate and, like many others, reached out to the Craigslist universe. – by Brian Swichkow – http://mysocialsherpa.com/the-ultimate-retaliation-pranking-my-roommate-with-targeted-facebook-ads; http://gizmodo.com/the-online-legacy-of-a-suicide-cult-and-the-webmasters-1617403237
Beyond the Reality Distortion Field: A Sober Look at Apple Pay: For most, Apple Pay was the dullest of Apple’s three major announcements last week, trailing behind the Apple Watch, and the two iPhone 6 models in terms of world-shakingness. – by TODD WASSERMAN – http://mashable.com/2014/09/15/a-sober-look-at-apple-pay/
The behind-the-scenes look at how Instagram made its Android app run twice as fast — Tech News and Analysis: Android is a massive pain for app developers. With the myriad of phone types running it, and therefore hardware tweaks that must be made, it’s a challenge for even the most established companies. – by Carmel DeAmicis – Tags: android, efficiency, instagram, roadmap, social & web, startup time, tyler kieft – http://gigaom.com/2014/09/17/the-behind-the-scenes-look-at-how-instagram-made-its-android-app-run-twice-as-fast/
Hot-rod Tesla Model S will burn rubber and your cash: Tesla’s Model S P85 can vault from zero to 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds or so — pretty good for a luxury car with no pistons. Tuning outfit Saleen thought it could top that, though, and has come up with a new version called the Foursixteen. – by Steve Dent – http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/18/saleen-tesla-model-s-hot-rod/