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The Weekender: Touring Google design, tracing Aaron Swartz, and tracking giant squid

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we'll bring you important articles from the previous weeks' original reports, features and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again.

Memory to myth: tracing Aaron Swartz through the 21st century

To understand his contributions, we have to look beyond the headlines.


Don't die: livestreaming turns video game speedruns into a spectator sport

New technology is making the classic sport of speedrunning — beating a video game as quickly as possible — a spectator sport. Andrew Webster has the story.

The no-hire paper trail Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt didn't want you to see

Poaching talented, high-value employees is a regular occurrence in Silicon Valley where state law makes non-compete agreements essentially void, but it's a practice that Steve Jobs desperately tried to stop in the last decade when Palm, Google, and others came calling. Newly-disclosed emails between Jobs, Eric Schmidt, and others show the civil (and not-so-civil) exchanges that took place.

As Obama heads back to office, a battle rages over the tech that got him reelected

Besides Barack Obama's reelection, perhaps the most valuable product to come out of Obama for America's efforts in this election cycle is a host of software — software that helped secure victory. Now, a fight is emerging over who owns the software and whether it'll be opened to the public. Ben Popper reports.

Greetings from NAMM: dive into a wild world of mixers, faders, and endless customization


Trent Wolbe explores the floors of the music merchant industry's biggest convention.

Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution

The new Google way is weird, but it's working.


Giant squid! To catch a monster, bring patience and plenty of cash

How squid scientists captured the Kraken on film.

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