7 must read stories from around the web

Facebook’s Chinese ambitions, the falling price of flash storage, a chat with Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee, rise of the swarm robots and why do people continue to reject science are some of the topics in this bonus back-to-work installment of Om Says reading list.

There’s only one truly open platform: the web

This week marks the 21st anniversary of the world’s first website, and as new social-web platforms like Twitter and Facebook spend more and more of their energy trying to control and monetize their networks, it’s worth remembering some of the choices that the web’s creator made.

You’re hired! Internet stars line up for CodeClub

What do you get when you take Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Chad Hurley, Niklas Zennstrom and a number of other internet notables and get them together for a kids’ coding club? A surprisingly funny video, it turns out.

Open vs. closed: What kind of internet do we want?

Debates over apps vs. the web and the value of Google’s new personalized search features are just part of the larger battle between the open web vs. walled gardens and closed platforms — but what if users don’t care? What does that mean for the web?

Britain unleashes gov.uk, its Google for government

A new portal that lets British citizens access government services online has just launched in beta. It’s fast, easy, accessible — and should save the tax payer bundles of cash. Is this a model for the future of connected government?

British government bets big on open data for growth

The British government is gambling on the idea that greater access to public data will encourage economic growth — and resurrecting a plan it had previously killed to build a world-leading open data research center.

How the web has powered work for 20 years

When Tim Berners-Lee invited newsgroup users to the World Wide Web with the invitation “collaborators welcome,” he never could have expected how completely that concept would fundamentally transform work. Here, Huddle’s Andy McLoughlin shows the timeline of that transformation.

Mobile Apps Give Justin.tv a 20% Bump

20 percent of all broadcasts on Justin.tv now originate from the recently launched Android and iPhone apps. This number is poised to grow even further with a new iOS app supporting streams from the new iPod touch. Next up could be an app for Blackberry phones.