I don't know about where all you readers are, but where I am it's too hot to write snappy links round-up intros. So just enjoy the clickable goodness:
- Could book piracy be a boon to academic presses?
- "Absolute Sownage" – a detailed history of the hacker attacks on Sony.
- Vanity Fair covers the smartphone-based hook-up platform Grindr in "The World's Biggest, Scariest Gay Bar."
- Near Toronto, municipal officials commission a mural, and then cover it up. So much for public art.
- Since summer is definitely in swing: DIY gin without a still (for readers legally allowed to buy the ingredients of course).
- Read the founding history of the web from the beginning in real time with the new archive Olduse.net.
- Here's one bizarre question we're going to be forced to confront real soon: who owns augmented reality ad space?
- How powerful are Facebook's social networks? Too much so if you're one Berlin girl who just wanted a birthday party.
- And last but not least, some self-promotion. I'll be on the Larry Lopate show on New York City public radio at noon today talking about student loans with Lauren Asher of the Project on Student Debt.