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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Your second job as a Facebook volunteer

Writes Gideon Rosenblatt, "We don’t get paid for these hours, so really it’s more of a volunteer gig. Except that, in this case, we’re not really doing it for a charitable, nonprofit organization, but for an entity whose net profits were $1.5 billion last year and whose revenues are now growing at around 55% a year."

MEDIUM

When Siri is your son's best friend

"For children like Gus who love to chatter but don’t quite understand the rules of the game, Siri is a nonjudgmental friend and teacher."

NEW YORK TIMES

The Silicon Valley perk war's latest: Paying for women to freeze eggs

"Facebook recently began covering egg freezing, and Apple will start in January, spokespeople for the companies told NBC News. The firms appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons."

NBC NEWS

Is reading to a child from an e-book like any other reading?

Evidence has been lacking but new studies are pointing to a possible loss of educational benefits. Parents interact differently with the children. And publishers are making use of the electronic medium to add bells and whistles.

NEW YORK TIMES

New Tesla will be fast -- and equipped with 'autopilot' mode

It's not self-driving but it will be able to sense objects, even people, keep you in the lane and slam on the brakes.

SLATE

Space firm recruiting Microsoft engineers for new Seattle office

Elon Musk's company is grabbing senior engineers as well as a number with gaming backgrounds.

GEEKWIRE

Reddit to Give Stock to Users

Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has a "crazy plan" to give back to users.

TECH CRUNCH

Brier Dudley: Apple is listening to iPhone users

The advances in the Plus model reflect a change of philosophy from the Steve Jobs days.

SEATTLE TIMES

Ello, that hot new 'independent' social network, is venture backed

Aral Balkan, founder of ind.ie and an advisor to Ello, writes, "I’m sorry, Paul, but by taking venture capital you have made a crucial mistake that is incompatible with the goals you set out in your manifesto and I will not support yet another venture-capital funded network only to be disappointed at the time of the inevitable exit.'

Value of used iPhones rising as new ones hit market

In many cases, the value could cover the full cost of one of the new iPhone 6 models.

OREGONLIVE
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