Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Google's Grand Plans: A Conversation With Larry Page and Sundar Pichai
by Farhad Manjoo,
New York Times

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In case you've been snoozin' all week, Google's annual dev conference took place in San Francisco whilst you were napping. During the 2014 installment of I/O, the folks from Mountain View detailed plans to take Android beyond phones and tablets to places like smartwatches, TVs (again) and even inside your next automobile. Shortly after the keynote, New York Times' Farhad Manjoo sat down with Android lead Sundar Pichai and CEO Larry Page to discuss Google's immediate future, spanning multi-device experiences, health data, the connected home and more.

Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough
by John Markoff, New York Times

A group composed of physicists and computer scientists is researching what could be one of the next big leaps in tech: quantum computing. Oh yeah, and those doing the legwork are being funded by Microsoft. This New York Times piece details how the folks are exploring a method that "braids" particles together in what's being labeled as "topological quantum computing." It's mind-blowing stuff, really.

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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Will Keep Your Secrets
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Russell Brandom, The Verge

Ever wonder how the legal representation for whistleblowers manages to keep its clients' secrets safe? Well, it includes an office with no WiFi, using burner phones, cash payments and meeting in person. These are a few of the methods that Jesselyn Radack uses hoping to insure the safety of Edward Snowden and others who expose top secret info. The Verge's Russell Brandom details this and more from the attorney's time representing those who have drawn the ire of the government.

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Lost in Translation
by Andy Greenwald, Grantland

Lost's infamous co-creator Damon Lindelof returns this weekend with his latest effort, The Leftovers on HBO. Of course, he, along with Carlton Cuse, managed to keep us hooked for what seemed like an eternity with complex storytelling, subtle details, interwoven narratives and minimal closure. This time around, 140 million people disappear in a rapture-esque fashion minutes after the first episode starts. Here, Andy Greenwald offers a preview of what lies ahead for Grantland.

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The Beautiful, Invisible Game
by Miguel Sicart, The Atlantic

Once every four years, folks that don't ordinarily tune in to action on the pitch become greatly patriotic. This time around though, FIFA's new goal-line tech made its debut at the World Cup, which has been heralded as a key improvement. The manner in which matches are broadcast may in fact hinder the casual spectator's understanding of the game though, and The Atlantic's Miguel Sicart details the whole lot, and how those watching at home tend to miss out on the game's most captivating moments.

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