Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week:
Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend, the most heartbreaking and inspirational story of the college football season, is a hoax — Did a star athlete concoct a fictional dead girlfriend for publicity?
R.I.P. Aaron Swartz — Cory Doctorow remembers his friend, the Internet activist and co-creator of RSS and Reddit
The inside story of Graph Search — Facebook’s new personalized search engine
When advertorial bites back — Jack Shafer on The Atlantic’s Scientology sponsored post
SPONSORED — The Taliban is a vibrant and thriving political movement
White House responds to petition to construct a Death Star by 2016 — “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”