Recommended Reading: Roku’s plan to take on Apple, Amazon and Google

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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.

Ever wonder how a smaller company like Roku can keep pace in the streaming war against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google? Fast Company takes a look at all the ways Roku is keeping pace, what makes its version of streaming video unique and why the company’s survival is important.

The First Big Game that Brought Mods to Consoles
Nathan Grayson, Kotaku

With the recent news that Fallout 4 will allow gamers to bring mods from PCs to consoles, now’s a good time to look back at another title that tried to do the same:Unreal Tournament 3.

Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup
Jon Gertner, Fast Company

President Barack Obama quietly recruited top talent from the tech industry to move to Washington DC with the goal of fixing how the US government works. This piece offers a look at those folks and how the effort is as much about hacking bureaucracy as it is about hacking technology.

(engadget.com)

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