Top Talker – Google founder Sergey Brin said in an interview that state controls and the rise of Facebook are eroding the openness of the Internet. He's concerned about countries like China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran to censor the use of the net, but also warned that the rise of Facebook and Apple, which control access to their users, risk stifling innovation. "[A]ll the information in apps - that data is not crawlable by web crawlers. You can't search it ... Facebook has been sucking down Gmail contacts for many years.'" Read more here.
Top Stories – Who Will Romney Pick as His VP? (Kyle Stone) – Before you get caught up in the Romney running-mate frenzy, consider some historical perspective of the impact of VP selections. Romney's selection need only do no harm.
Unpaid Internships Give an Unfair Advantage to Wealthy Students (Dillon Cory) – Unpaid internships provide a valuable experience for students, but only for those who can afford them.
Jackie Robinson Reveals Free Market Nature of Integration (Robert Taylor) – Major League Baseball was integrated because of market competition and the merit of black players, not from government intervention.
Quote of the Day – "You've got a few dozen people who are going to write $5 million, $10 million, $15 million, $50 million checks to try and purchase the White House on behalf of Governor Romney." -- White House adviser David Plouffe.
Monday Fun – The Hillary Clinton photo that's going viral (The Daily What); Want to work at Google (Wired UK)?; Hillary Boys: the new Obama Girl? (The Nation).
What We’re Reading – Why Obama is betting on Arizona (NY Times); War on women voting (Colorlines); For immigrants children, the American Dream lies abroad (NY Times, ft. PolicyMic's Samir Kapadia); Battleground: History of guns in America (The New Yorker).