Weekend Reads 070519

This reliance on open source components greatly speeds up innovation but often comes at a high price: Many of these components available for download contain dangerous vulnerabilities. —Ericka Chickowski

Libra is also smart in its duplicity. It is supposed to be a global financial system, but it is not a bank. Therefore it escapes the accompanying regulations for such institutions. Similarly, it is not a new currency per se in the sense that its creation does not impact the global monetary supply, strictly protected by central banks; it is a panel of unspecified currencies backed by a set of robust assets — the Libra Reserve — made with government securities and bank deposits. —Frederic Filloux

The next time you are asked to do a presentation, don’t. The word “presentation” implies a one-way communication; you talk, they listen. To be truly effective, what you really want is a conversation. True, you may be doing most of the talking, but unless your audience is mentally engaged with you, you are going to be considerably less effective than you might be. —Philip Yaffe

The modern gaming industry is a behemoth that generated an estimated $135 billion in revenue last year (according to TechJury), with a gaming community of more than 2.5 billion people from all over the world. It wasn’t always mainstream, though — the industry started as a niche market that targeted students, nerds, and individuals willing to put up with atrocious load times and horrendous graphics because they were enchanted by the medium. —Jurica Dujmovic

The digital sector is a talent led industry, and as much as I dislike the idea of the 10X developer, the difference a great hire can make to your business is huge. So I’m always amazed when I hear about the shady, sloppy or downright atrocious recruitment practices we inflict on prospective candidates. —Andy Budd

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.