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Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Apple, Mercedes, and Others Complain Patent Disputes Are Delaying Connected Cars

Is red tape going to delay connected-car networks because it delays the necessary communication infrastructure for them? Maybe, and there’s one company being blamed.


Watching global market forces at work in the far reaches of Madagascar.

The Hacker Who Took Down a Country

Daniel Kaye, also known as Spdrman, found regular jobs tough but corporate espionage easy. He’s about to get out of prison.

Is Screen Time Really Bad for Kids?

‘The part that people don’t appreciate is that digital technology also has significant benefits.’

How to Spot a Counterfeit Watch

“Is the second hand ticking in a herky-jerky-type motion?”

How Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Into a Mad Max Tableau

The demonstrations are fueled by technology high and low, from encrypted messaging apps and laser pointers to bows and arrows and Molotov cocktails.