The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, April 26, 2014

From the rise of the sharing economy to the Microsoft-AOL chat wars, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

04.26.14 9:45 AM ET

What We Left Behind
Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker

An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future.

Trust Me
Jason Tanz, Wired

How Airbnb and Lyft finally got Americans to share.

Earthquakes and the Texas Miracle
Brantley Hargrove, D Magazine

Oceans of oil and gas are filling state coffers and shaking the Dallas area.

Should a Chimp Be Able to Sue Its Owner?
Charles Siebert, The New York Times Magazine

Steven Wise is arguing for the legal “personhood” of chimps and other animals. And no one is laughing him out of the courtroom.

Chat Wars
David Auerbach, n+1

Inside the late ’90s chat wars between Microsoft and AOL, from the perspective of a former Microsoft programmer.

How Burrowing Owls Lead to Vomiting Anarchists
Kim-Mai Cutler, TechCrunch

A complete history of San Francisco’s housing crisis.