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Recommended Reading: The record-breaking all-electric '68 Mustang

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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.

Dark Horse
by Michael Zelenko
The Verge

Converting one of the most beloved American muscle cars to an all-electric machine sounds crazy enough, but Mitch Medford wanted much more than that. After putting 800 horsepower's worth of batteries, converters and motors in a 1968 Mustang, he eyed the record for that model: the 170MPH mark set by Carroll Shelby himself -- a man that's synonymous with these classic cars in the States. In fact, some models of Ford's iconic two-door still bear his name. The Verge chronicles the story of the Zombie 222's (as it's called) origins and Medford's quest for history at the Texas Mile.

It's a Trap! TIDAL and the Common Fallacy of Music Royalties
Mike Fabio, Cuepoint

Think Tidal's celebrity-packed relaunch citing fair artist compensation as a key concern rang hollow? Yep, me too. Record labels still call the shots on distribution, and this is a great look at the current state of things -- no matter what Jay Z is trying to sell.

Snapchat's Non-Vanishing Message: You Can Trust Us
Steven Levy, Backchannel

By now, you've likely heard about any one of the security issues with Snapchat's ephemeral messaging app -- whether it's snaps that don't actually disappear completely, or a third-party hack that leaks sensitive info. This interview with the company's execs tackles transparency, and offers an apology, too.

The Bottom of the Glass: Legacy and the Last Season of 'Mad Men'
Andy Greenwald, Grantland

The final season of Mad Men starts tomorrow. To help you prepare, Grantland's Andy Greenwald offers a look at how creator Matthew Weiner got to this point.

'Furious 7': What Happened to the Wrecked Cars
Steve Knopper, Wall Street Journal

Ever wonder what happens to all the cars that get destroyed during the making of a high-octane film like Furious 7? Well, WSJ takes a look at the fate of all 230.

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