What We're Reading: July 11th Edition

Ryan Holmes: Why Canada is failing at tech

Canada suffers from a desperate and growing shortage of computer developers and software engineers. Over the past several decades, Silicon Valley has claimed our best and brightest. An estimated 350,000 Canadians now live in the Bay Area — a veritable lost generation lured by good, high-paying tech jobs and access to collaborators and capital.

Julian Assange: How cryptography is a key weapon in the fight against empire states

What began as a means of retaining individual freedom can now be used by smaller states to fend off the ambitions of larger ones.

Paul Graham: Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas

Replace Universities. People are all over this idea lately, and I think they’re onto something. I’m reluctant to suggest that an institution that’s been around for a millennium is finished just because of some mistakes they made in the last few decades, but certainly in the last few decades US universities seem to have been headed down the wrong path. One could do a lot better for a lot less money.

Politics: US Senate Rejects One-Year Return to Lower Student Loan Rate

Senate Republicans blocked Democratic legislation to reinstate the 3.4 percent interest rate on a popular loan for low-income students, continuing a congressional impasse over college financial aid.

Politics: Canada Tells Geeks to Flee Silicon Valley, Head North

A billboard emblazoned with a giant red maple leaf looms over a stretch of Highway 101 linking San Francisco with Silicon Valley. The pitch: "H-1B Problems? Pivot to Canada."

Online Marketing: How 1% of your traffic can bring in 90% of your business

Long-tail keywords can be a fantastic way to drive high converting traffic to your site with the optimum amount of marketing effort.