7 stories to read this weekend

I have spent this past week away from the city crowds on a quiet beach in Northern California, trying to catch up on reading and walking and, more importantly, thinking. So this week’s recommended reading list is a lot more eclectic. Hope you enjoy.

This week I am breaking the rule and sharing this amazing four-part series by my colleague Katie Fehrenbacher. She traveled to North Carolina to figure out why Google, Facebook and Apple were making this region part of their future and building data centers. It is part of our efforts to incorporate long-form writing into our news and analysis pieces.

  1. The ultimate geek road trip: North Carolina’s metadata center cluster.
  2. Reasons Apple, Facebook & Google chose North Carolina for their mega data centers.
  3. The controversial world of clean power and data centers.
  4. The story behind how Apple’s iCloud data center got built.