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Hong Kong Protesters' Favorite App, Googlifying Your Office and More #Mustreads

FireChat has set the conversation aflame, helping protesters to coordinate their strategy.

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Here is some content from the Web to guide you through a bleak and unforgiving existence, brought to you by Re/code:

  1. Over the past few days, tens of thousands of people have filed into Hong Kong’s financial district to protest China’s influence over the city. The preferred method of communication and coordination among the demonstrators is a “mass chatroom app” called FireChat, which allows users to connect off the grid. We first covered FireChat last month, in a completely different context, when it was taking Burning Man by storm. For more on FireChat’s role in Hong Kong, check out this story at Tech in Asia. And if you want to know more about what’s happening in Hong Kong in general, here’s a useful list of people to follow on Twitter, from Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal.
  2. Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former Googler Jonathan Rosenberg are the subjects of a strange interview in the MIT Technological Review, part of a promotional campaign for their new book. Strike that — if you work at Google, you may not find Schmidt’s technotopian proclamations that odd. But for the rest of us …
  3. Videogames often have little use for women except as props and trophies. And movies have often treated women the same way. You don’t need a reminder, but here’s one anyway, via a 35-year-old episode of Siskel and Ebert’s “At the Movies,” courtesy of Polygon.
  4. Netflix is losing a ton of movies and TV shows on October 1, meaning you won’t be able to stream “Mean Girls,” “Battlestar Galactica” or “Ghostbusters.” Hurry up and binge! You can see the whole list of what’s disappearing at the Daily Dot.
  5. Speaking of Netflix: Next summer it will release its first movie — a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Ang Lee, who directed the original, won’t be back for this one, which is a good reason to remind you that Lee once directed “Ride with the Devil,” an underappreciated Civil War movie starring Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich and … Jewel. Really. You can rent it for $3 on YouTube. (Yes, YouTube has movie rentals. Really.)

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