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Livestreaming Cows on the Web, Faking It in Startupland and More #Mustreads

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Good morning!

Here’s some of the best stuff on the Web this morning, brought to you by Re/code:

  1. Modern Farmer is celebrating Cow Week, which means they have two — two!livestreams of cows running all week long. Also, Modern Farmer will be handing its Instagram over to some “guest Instagrammers” at Meadowood Farms in Central New York. All of this is moo-sic to my ears (sorry).
  2. Like newsletters, native advertising and vinyl records, radio is one of those Previously Uncool and Retrograde Things that’s now making a comeback. Gawker’s Dayna Evans has a roundup of different Web-based shows that you should be listening to that aren’t This American Life or Radiolab.
  3. The Hairpin, the fabulous women’s interest sister site of The Awl, is under new leadership. Alleged Canadian Haley Mlotek and soon-to-be-former New York Magazine producer Jazmine Hughes have taken the reins over the last couple weeks from the previous editors. Yesterday, they ran a comprehensive and illuminating look at life for women in McAllen, Texas, where the sole abortion clinic for an area of 250 miles recently reopened after closing because of burdensome regulations passed by the Texas legislature last year.
  4. The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber, author of this compelling longread from March about ageism in Silicon Valley, details how startup accelerators like Y Combinator and other investors don’t necessarily know all that much about the people and companies they’re investing in. He does this by way of telling the story of the flailing startup Amicus and its truth-and-checkbook-challenged founder.
  5. Looking for the “data” angle of any story is often lucrative for the writer, but boring for the reader. This piece, from Wired, on using data to track the evolution of cinema over the last century, is actually both informational and enjoyable. Some interesting (and intuitive) nuggets: Improved technology has made for shorter shots and an increased number of edits, and filmmakers today like making their audiences feel queasy by jumping around with the camera.

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