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Why Amazon is a ‘bully’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’
“That was my frustration when I went and talked to the Justice Department about Amazon,” Foer said. “It’s like, ‘Well, they’re actually hurting consumers over the long run by hurting producers. And they’re behaving in a bullying sort of way. Maybe not to consumers, but to producers. Why in God’s name can’t you see the harm?’ And they just couldn’t see it because it was so outside of the current paradigm under which they’re operating.”
amazon  business  facebook  google  internet 
yesterday by terry
Verizon takes a $5 billion writedown for its Yahoo and AOL purchases
It was easy to predict that Verizon would end up regretting the $10 billion or so that it had invested in AOL and Yahoo. The two companies used to define the internet, but by the time the phone company bought them, they were long past their prime. [...]

Now Verizon has formally acknowledged that it, too, can’t turn AOL and Yahoo around and has written off $4.6 billion of the money it spent buying the two properties. The playbook from here on out calls for a series of staff cuts and asset sales, followed by more writedowns, followed by more cuts, etc.
internet  yahoo  aol  business 
yesterday by terry
The end of the beginning — Benedict Evans
The internet began as an open, ‘permissionless’, decentralized network, but then we got (and indeed needed) new centralised networks on top, and so we’ve spent a lot of the past decade talking about search and social. Machine learning and crypto give new and often decentralized, permissionless fundamental layers for looking at meaning, intent and preference, and for attaching value to those.
future  internet  computing 
16 days ago by terry
The next Great (Digital) Extinction
As our modern dinosaurs crash down around us, I sometimes wonder what kind of humans will eventually walk out of this epic transformation. Trump and the populism that’s rampaging around the world today, marked by xenophobia, racism, sexism, and rising inequality, is greatly amplified by the forces the GDE has unleashed. For someone like me who saw the power of connection build a vibrant, technologically meshed ecosystem distinguished by peace, love, and understanding, the polarization and hatred empowered by the internet today is like watching your baby turning into the little girl in The Exorcist.
technology  internet  computing  culture  society 
16 days ago by terry
Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'
It identifies the same problems that everyone and their dog has been writing about for years: there is a digital divide; internet access can be expensive; an entire industry has grown up selling your personal data; governments abuse the internet sometimes; people use the internet to do unpleasant things like bully and harass people; net neutrality's a thing.

It has some charts and stats. But basically it reads like a High School final project on the problems of the internet. Competent but not consequential. [...]

But simply saying companies shouldn't make money from personal data and governments shouldn't turn off the internet is not going to achieve a single thing. There needs to be clear plan of attack, recognition of pain points for companies, a broad and well-organized campaign to engage and rally people.
internet  web  timbernerslee 
4 weeks ago by terry
Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love
Open-source advocate Rafael Laguna, co-founder of Open-Xchange, is suspicious that Google and Facebook – the companies most under fire for privacy and other human rights abuses – were first to voice their support for the Greatest Living Briton's declaration. "They are the two outstanding creators of the problems proclaimed in Tim's paper," Laguna notes. [...]

Laguna told us: "As we have seen before with 'Privacy Shield', I suspect this move will be used as 'proof' of their reputability – but I fail to see how Google and Facebook will genuinely adhere to the requirements laid out in the initiative. The only result I can see is that it gets watered down, that it remains a lip service and, worst case, the whole thing loses credibility."
internet  web  facebook  google  timbernerslee 
4 weeks ago by terry
Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web from abuse
One of the early signatories to the contract, Facebook, has been fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal; has faced threats from the EU for taking too long to remove extremist content; and has been sued for allowing advertisers to target housing ads only at white people. The firm, which has appointed the former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, to lead its PR operation, did not respond to a request for comment.

Another early signatory, Google, is reportedly developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market. “If you sign up to the principles, you can’t do censorship,” said Berners-Lee. “Will this be enough to make search engines push back? Will it be persuasive enough for the Chinese government to be more open? I can’t predict whether that will happen,” he said. Google did not respond to a request for comment.
web  internet  politics  timbernerslee  webdesign  fakenews 
5 weeks ago by terry
“I was devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, has some regrets
“We demonstrated that the Web had failed instead of served humanity, as it was supposed to have done, and failed in many places,” he told me. The increasing centralization of the Web, he says, has “ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.”

“Tim and Vint made the system so that there could be many players that didn’t have an advantage over each other.” Berners-Lee, too, remembers the quixotism of the era. “The spirit there was very decentralized. The individual was incredibly empowered. It was all based on there being no central authority that you had to go to to ask permission,” he said. “That feeling of individual control, that empowerment, is something we’ve lost.”

The power of the Web wasn’t taken or stolen. We, collectively, by the billions, gave it away with every signed user agreement and intimate moment shared with technology. Facebook, Google, and Amazon now monopolize almost everything that happens online, from what we buy to the news we read to who we like. Along with a handful of powerful government agencies, they are able to monitor, manipulate, and spy in once unimaginable ways.
internet  web  webdesign  politics  timbernerslee 
6 weeks ago by terry
What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?
The lumping of everything digital into a monolith is a framing that makes Oxford Internet Institute psychologist Andrew Przybylski groan. “We don’t talk about food time,” he points out. “We don’t talk about paper time. But we do talk about screen time.” [...] The new series of papers includes a look at childhood screen use and ADHD, the effects of media multitasking on attention, and the link between violent video games and aggression. The separate papers are a good reminder that these are really separate issues; even if screen time ends up being problematic in one area, it doesn't mean it can't have a positive effect in another.
internet  socialmedia  children  parenting  technology 
6 weeks ago by terry
A dark consensus about screens and kids begins to emerge in Silicon Valley
For longtime tech leaders, watching how the tools they built affect their children has felt like a reckoning on their life and work. Among those is Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired and now the chief executive of a robotics and drone company. He is also the founder of GeekDad.com. “On the scale between candy and crack cocaine, it’s closer to crack cocaine,” Mr. Anderson said of screens. Technologists building these products and writers observing the tech revolution were naïve, he said. “We thought we could control it,” Mr. Anderson said. “And this is beyond our power to control. This is going straight to the pleasure centers of the developing brain. This is beyond our capacity as regular parents to understand.”
internet  socialmedia  children  parenting  technology 
6 weeks ago by terry
100 websites that shaped the internet as we know it
Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s first proposal to CERN outlining what he originally called the “WorldWideWeb” (one word). Since then, Berners-Lee has had a few regrets about what’s become a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, and who knows what the future holds. Below you’ll find our somewhat arbitrary idea of the virtual destinations that mattered most, ranked and curated by the Gizmodo staff and illustrated with screenshots that exemplify their history, as we’ve played, shared, fought, and meme’d our way into the current millennium.
computing  history  internet  web  timbernerslee 
7 weeks ago by terry
What is the internet? 13 key questions answered
How will the whole world get online? A major challenge is to get affordable internet to poor, rural regions. With an eye on expanding markets, US tech firms hope to make inroads. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, scrapped plans for solar powered drones and is now focusing on high-altitude balloons to provide the internet from the edge of space. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a company called OneWeb have their own plans to bring internet access to everyone in the world via constellations of microsatellites.
internet  technology  computing 
7 weeks ago by terry
On its 30th anniversary, IRC evokes memories of the internet's early days
I used IRC in the early 1990s, when there were all kinds of fun things to do. There was a server with a bot that played Boggle. I was the know-it-all music snob who got kicked out of a chat channel someone set up at Woodstock ’94. I created keyboard macros that spewed out ASCII art. I skipped Mike Tyson’s pay-per-view boxing match in 2006 to watch someone describe it on IRC.

<jon12345> lewis connects again
<jon12345> arg
<jon12345> on the ropes
<CaZtRo> HES GOIN DOWN
<CaZtRo> tyson is DOWN
<DaNNe_> no!
<CaZtRo> DOWN DOWN DOWN
<DaNNe_> why ..
internet  history  computing 
8 weeks ago by terry
Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives
There was a moment of silence, and then something odd happened. The channel went blank. The list of users disappeared, and NetCruiser politely played the Windows alert chime through the speakers. At the bottom of the IRC window, a new message now stood alone: "You have been kicked from channel #descent for the following reason: f*** off newbie". I guess the Internet of 1995 wasn't that different from the Internet of 2018.
internet  history  computing 
8 weeks ago by terry
Do decentralised web programs use as much energy as cloud-based services?
The distributed web is being promoted by people I admire, including web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle and Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker. It also has a valid reason to exist: people really should own and control their own data, not just labour as unpaid serfs for surveillance capitalism. However, most people follow the line of least resistance, so the web is not going to change overnight.

Services like Graphite are worth considering if you need both encryption and the ability to share secure files online, though there are other ways to do this, such as Boxcryptor and Whisply. DWeb apps will need to become easier to use and mobile before they can reach a mass market.

But I can’t see any savings in energy consumption compared with just using a cloud service.
computing  internet  cloud  blockchain  web  timbernerslee 
9 weeks ago by terry
Miscellaneous details ‹ WordPress.com Reader
about art and design, data and education, technology and the web, and so on
blog  me  internet  web 
9 weeks ago by terry
Yahoo Japan is shutting down its website hosting service GeoCities
The company said in a statement that it was hard to encapsulate in one word the reason for the shut down, but that profitability and technological issues were primary factors. It added that it was full of “regret” for the fate of the immense amount of information that would be lost as a result of the service’s closure. [...]

The fact that GeoCities survived in Japan for so long speaks to the country’s idiosyncratic nature online. Despite the fact that Yahoo—which purchased GeoCities in 1999 for almost $4 billion at the peak of the dot.com boom—has fallen into irrelevance in much of the world, the company continues to be the dominant news portal in Japan. It still commands a sizeable market share in search, though it has steadily ceded its position to Google over the years.
internet  computing  web  history  japan 
10 weeks ago by terry
K10k - Web Design Museum
Year: 2003; Categories: Design & Art, Magazines; Style: Pixel Design, Creative.
internet  design  history  webdesign 
september 2018 by terry
Web Design Museum
At present, Internet Archive keeps the visual form of over 327 billion websites, the oldest of which date back to 1996. This service is undoubtedly a great aid to anyone who would like to look at the internet past. Unfortunately, it does not enable to follow past trends in web design or to go through websites originating only in a certain period. The thing is that Internet Archive is not a museum with carefully sorted exhibits that would give visitors a comprehensive picture of the web design past with the use of selected examples. It is more like a full archive of the internet.

Therefore, Web Design Museum sets the main objective to trace the past web design trends, and to give general public the full picture of the web design past with the use of selected exhibits. At the same time, it seeks to use selected websites to outline the development of websites from the most distant past until present.
internet  design  history  webdesign 
september 2018 by terry
Google wants to kill the URL
"I don’t know what this will look like, because it’s an active discussion in the team right now," says Parisa Tabriz, director of engineering at Chrome. "But I do know that whatever we propose is going to be controversial. That’s one of the challenges with a really old and open and sprawling platform. Change will be controversial whatever form it takes. But it’s important we do something, because everyone is unsatisfied by URLs. They kind of suck."
internet  google  webdesign 
september 2018 by terry
The people who update Wikipedia pages when celebrities like Aretha Franklin die
The British hacker-culture newsletter B3ta recently asked its readers a question for the ages: “WHO THE HELL UPDATES CELEB DEATHS ON WIKIPEDIA SO QUICKLY?” After noticing seemingly instantaneous editing this year to the pages for Aretha Franklin, Stephen Hawking, and Anthony Bourdain, I became curious too: What kind of person wants to share this sad news with the world, and did they (perhaps perversely) enjoy it?
wikipedia  internet 
august 2018 by terry
New WordPress policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers
The update to WordPress’s policy follows a damning report from The NYT this week that explained on how the world’s largest blogging service has allowed Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists to remain online. [...]

If the booted bloggers now move to their own self-hosted sites, the responsibility of shutting them down will fall on the web hosting companies. Of course, don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.
politics  internet  conspiracies  truth 
august 2018 by terry
This company keeps lies about Sandy Hook on the web
Mr. Pozner said he was tired of hearing technology companies say that they do not want to be “arbiters of truth,” an oft-repeated refrain, particularly as concerns around misinformation on social media grow.

“Technology platforms have had this misguided, futuristic vision of freedom of speech and everything was built around that, but it doesn’t really fit into the day-to-day use of it,” Mr. Pozner said. “By not taking action, they have made a choice. They are the arbiters of truth by doing nothing.”
politics  internet  conspiracies  truth 
august 2018 by terry
A decade of digital dependency
2008 was the year the smartphone took off in the UK. With the iPhone and Android fresh into the UK market, 17% of people owned a smartphone a decade ago. That has now reached 78%, and 95% among 16-24 year-olds. The smartphone is now the device people say they would miss the most, dominating many people’s lives in both positive and negative ways.

People in the UK now check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the waking day. Two in five adults (40%) first look at their phone within five minutes of waking up, climbing to 65% of those aged under 35. Similarly, 37% of adults check their phones five minutes before lights out, again rising to 60% of under-35s.
research  internet  mobilephones  technology 
august 2018 by terry
Britons spend average of 24 hours a week online, Ofcom says
The total amount of time spent online by Britons has also doubled over the last 10 years, with a quarter of adults saying they spent more than 40 hours a week on the internet – a move driven by the uptake of smartphones.
technology  internet  mobilephones 
august 2018 by terry
Weeknotes: personal, public logs in the tradition of early blogging
In Webb's latest weeknote, he talks about his thinking on the history and practice of weeknotes, and why he finds them so satisfying to write and read. His description reminds me a lot of the joy of early weblogs, when interesting people kept running, public logs of the interesting things they'd seen (and/or made) on the nascent web, and what they thought of the experience.
writing  blogs  internet 
july 2018 by terry
Meet the 11% of Americans who don’t use the internet
“We bought the first family computer in 1998, and the kids would sit around all day, tinkering on the internet,” she says. “I watched them go from playing outside with friends, riding bikes, talking to each other, to being obsessed with the machine. It was like a switch flipped in their heads.”

While her children and husband became accustomed to the internet, Simpson brushed it off as an “unnecessary evil.” Aside from an unfruitful and frustrating attempt to find a local plumber using Ask Jeeves 19 years ago, she’s completely refrained from logging online.
technology  internet 
july 2018 by terry
James Bridle on why technology is creating a new dark age
The p-hacking problem is one of many high-tech parables in James Bridle’s book New Dark Age, which will be released in the US tomorrow. Bridle is already well-known for his creative critiques of modern technology, including the 2012 drone-tracking project Dronestagram, a salt circle that traps self-driving cars, and last year’s influential essay about creepy YouTube kids’ videos. New Dark Age integrates these critiques into a larger argument about the dangers of trusting computers to explain (and, increasingly, run) the world. As Bridle writes, “We know more and more about the world, while being less and less able to do anything about it.”

But however grim a new dark age sounds, Bridle explains in an interview with The Verge that his vision isn’t a purely negative one, and his book is a call to study not what computers are telling us, but how and why they’re doing it.
future  technology  computing  internet 
july 2018 by terry
How the Blog broke the Web
The old web, the cool web, the weird web, the hand-organized web… died.

And the damn reverse chronology bias — once called into creation, it hungers eternally — sought its next victim. Myspace. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest, of all things. Today these social publishing tools are beginning to buck reverse chronological sort; they’re introducing algorithm sort, to surface content not by time posted but by popularity, or expected interactions, based on individual and group history. There is even less control than ever before.
culture  history  internet  web  webdesign 
july 2018 by terry
Memes around the world: The world's biggest meme is the word "meme" itself
There is a more general definition of “meme,” however, dating back to 1976. The original definition describes it as a container for an idea or a unit of culture, like a fashion trend or blues melody. That container spreads throughout culture through a process of natural selection: Memes that capture a popular feeling or cultural moment get passed on, while those less applicable to contemporary culture die out. If this sounds kind of like how genes work, you’ve got the right idea—the term “meme” was coined by Richard Dawkins, a man who has been criticized for making everything about genes.
internet  culture  language  humour 
july 2018 by terry
James Bridle: How Peppa Pig became a video nightmare for children
As a result, while many videos have since been removed from the website, uncountable numbers still remain. In March, Wired catalogued a slew of violent accounts and demonstrated that it was possible to go from a popular children’s alphabet video to a Minnie Mouse snuff film in 14 steps, just by following YouTube’s own recommendations. As of last week, Googling the title of one of the now-removed videos mentioned in the New York Times article (“PAW Patrol Babies Pretend to Die Suicide by Annabelle Hypnotized”) results in a link to a near-identical video still hosted on the site (“PAW PATROL Babies Pretend To Die MONSTER HANDS From MIRROR! Paw Patrol Animation Pups Save For Kids”), in which the adorable pups don a freakish clip-art monster mask to terrify one another before being lured off a rooftop by a haunted doll. Is “Save For Kids” supposed to read “Safe For Kids”? Either way, it is not, and it’s obvious that just playing whack-a-mole with search terms and banned accounts is never going to solve entangled problems of copyright infringement, algorithmic recommendation, and ad-driven monetary incentives on a billion-view platform with no meaningful human oversight.

[...]

The weirdness of YouTube videos, the extremism of Facebook and Twitter mobs, the latent biases of algorithmic systems: all of these have one thing in common with the internet itself, which is that – with a few dirty exceptions – nobody intentionally designed them this way. This is perhaps the strangest and most salutary lesson we can learn from these examples, if we choose to learn at all. The weirdness and violence they produce seems to be in direct correlation to how little we understand their workings – and how much is hidden from us, deliberately or otherwise, by the demands of efficiency and ease of use, corporate and national secrecy, and sheer, planet-spanning scale. We live in an age characterised by the violence and breakdown of such systems, from global capitalism to the balance of the climate. If there is any hope for those exposed to its excesses from the cradle, it might be that they will be the first generation capable of thinking about global complexity in ways that increase, rather than reduce, the agency of all of us.
children  internet  youtube  video 
june 2018 by terry
Memes are becoming harder to monetize
“One of the biggest factors in a meme dying is if a meme gets overused,” says Jason Wong, the founder and CEO of a meme-focused e-commerce business called Dank Tank that sells merchandise like Tide Pod socks. “People today are consuming more memes than ever. The expiration date for them has shortened more since even last year. Memes used to last for two to three weeks, but recently we’ve noticed they die after just a few days.”
internet  culture  business  e-commerce 
june 2018 by terry
The failed quest to bring smells to the internet
In November of 2001, the smell of success began to fade for Joel Bellenson. His invention, the iSmell, promised to bring scent to the internet. He’d developed cutting-edge sensory technology, assembled a dream-team of Fortune 500 execs, and raised $20m. Video game companies, Hollywood studios, and internet giants were lining up for partnerships. But he’d forgotten to ask a crucial question: Did anyone actually want this?
technology  internet 
june 2018 by terry
George Orwell predicted cameras would watch us in our homes; he never imagined we’d gladly buy and install them ourselves
By appealing to our basic human need for connection, to vanity, the desire for recognition, and the seemingly instinctual drive for convenience, technology companies have persuaded millions of people to actively surveille themselves and each other.
amazon  alexa  internet  surveillance  privacy 
may 2018 by terry
We need to an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms
The internet may be full of fake news, but it's also home to obsessive, deep knowledge and unlikely passions
internet  fakenews 
may 2018 by terry
Accessible footnotes with CSS
The problem with footnotes on the web is that they can be a pain to maintain. If you happen to work on the same document often, changing the order of sections, adding references along the way, it might be tedious to have to re-number all existing footnotes. For example, if you have 3 existing references to footnotes in a document, and you want to add another one, but on a piece of content that occurs before all the others, you have to re-number them all. Not great… We could use CSS counters to make this whole thing much easier.
internet  webdesign  html  css 
may 2018 by terry
Blogger gets a spring cleaning
It’s surprising that Blogger is still around. I can’t remember the last time I saw a Blogger site in my searches, and it sure doesn’t have a lot of mindshare. Google also has let the platform linger and hasn’t integrated it with any of its newer services. The same thing could be said for Google+, too, of course. Google cuts some services because they have no users and no traction. That could surely be said for Blogger and Google+, but here they are, still getting periodic updates.
internet  google  blog 
may 2018 by terry
How the Million Dollar Homepage kid created the $250m Calm app
“Success can actually be bad, and can teach you the wrong things,” he says. “I was thinking about ideas that would get attention instead of provide value.”
internet  meditation 
may 2018 by terry
If kottke.org were a book — by Craig Mod
There are so few websites that have been around for twenty years. Certainly so few that are not explicitly commercial in intent, built on a singular voice and point of view. Because of that, sites like kottke.org have a special emotional ressonance not often found online. For those of us who have not just used the web but built on the web for decades, a place like kottke.org becomes almost physical in its emotional resonance.
internet  design  webdesign  books  history 
may 2018 by terry
Why am I getting all these terms of service update emails?
You may well see some frantic games of pass-the-parcel in the next few weeks as different services attempt to minimize or share their compliance burden. You can spot that in how they describe who is the "data controller" in their terms. For instance, Etsy, whose users are both buyers and sellers, has changed its language to emphasize that sellers are independent data controllers of your data. Google, meanwhile, has provoked a furious response from Europe's media publishers, after it declared itself the controller for the data from the ads and trackers that publishers put on their own websites, but expected that the publishers were the ones responsible for obtaining consent to share this data.
gdpr  internet  dataprotection 
may 2018 by terry
Game and Glory
But Fortnite is part of a broader pattern. Like internet companies, game developers are getting a lot better at making products that get people hooked. In my experience, this is what real people are talking about while the media is fixated on Facebook and privacy as the big issue.
internet  children  videogames 
may 2018 by terry
The future of well-being in a tech-saturated world
Many of those who argue that human well-being will be harmed also acknowledge that digital tools will continue to enhance various aspects of life. They also note there is no turning back. At the same time, hundreds of them suggested interventions in the coming years they feel could mitigate the problems and emphasize the benefits. Moreover, many of the hopeful respondents also agree that some harm will arise in the future, especially to those who are vulnerable.
internet  technology  culture  society 
may 2018 by terry
Declining majority of online adults say the internet has been good for society
By contrast, those who think the internet is a bad thing for society gave a wider range of reasons for their opinions, with no single issue standing out. The most common theme (mentioned by 25% of these respondents) was that the internet isolates people from each other or encourages them to spend too much time with their devices. These responses also included references to the spread and prevalence of fake news or other types of false information: 16% mentioned this issue. Some 14% of those who think the internet’s impact is negative cited specific concerns about its effect on children, while 13% argued that it encourages illegal activity. A small share (5%) expressed privacy concerns or worries about sensitive personal information being available online.
internet  culture  technology  society  fakenews 
may 2018 by terry
Are you really Facebook’s product? The history of a dangerous idea.
Behind the aphorism’s sudden ubiquity, however, lies a long and surprising history—one that yields a fresh perspective on our present technocultural moment. It suggests that Facebook’s business model is neither as novel as it might seem, nor as deterministic of its values as critics assume. The pithiness that makes “you are the product” so quotable risks obscuring the complex pact between Facebook and its users, in ways that make social media’s problems seem inevitable and insoluble. They’re not—but if we want to fix them, the first thing we need to do is redefine our relationship.
advertising  facebook  internet 
april 2018 by terry
Social network pioneer Friendster to erase all user photos, blogs and more on May 31 (2011)
Before MySpace and Facebook, there was Friendster, a pioneering social networking website for consumers. First launched in 2002, Friendster attracted tens of millions of users over the years, but it never quite grew into the online juggernaut it could have been.
internet  socialmedia 
april 2018 by terry
‘There is no public internet, and we are the closest thing to it’
A conversation with Katherine Maher about Wikipedia’s nonprofit structure and what incentive-based media models lack
internet  technology  wikipedia 
april 2018 by terry
Flickr bought by SmugMug as Yahoo breakup begins
Verizon bought the ailing Yahoo for $4.8bn in 2016 leaving many of its most dedicated users, who had collectively uploaded 12.4bn photos, fearful for the future. Verizon began cutting costs and selling off parts of its Yahoo and AOL combined business, renamed Oath, at the start of 2018, including Moviefone and the e-commerce firm Polyvore. The SmugMug acquisition puts to bed rumours of Flickr’s imminent demise at the hands of Oath cost savings.
flickr  yahoo  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Family-owned Smugmug acquires Flickr, rescuing it from the sinking post-Yahoo ship
There's not much news about what Smugmug will do with the service now. Smugmug CEO Don MacAskill made some promising noises to USA Today, saying "“We don't mine our customers' photos for information to sell to the highest bidder, or to turn into targeted advertising campaigns." [...] My marriage, my family, and my life are inextricably tied up with the history of Flickr, and watching it decline has been a kind of Dorian Gray exercise in watching a portrait of myself at some sweet, long-gone moment age and wither.
flickr  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Exclusive: Flickr bought by SmugMug, which vows to revitalize the photo service
Founded in 2002, SmugMug has been around even longer than Flickr and, from the start, has defied conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley, never taking a dime from outside investors or entertaining buyout offers. It operates on a smaller scale, but has won over millions of customers with a single-minded devotion to photography and a personal touch often lacking in online services run by giant corporations.
flickr  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Flickr agrees to be acquired by SmugMug – Q&A
What are SmugMug’s plans for Flickr? Will the products be merged?
SmugMug loves Flickr and they want us to keep on being Flickr. There is no plan to merge the products. As we spend more time with the SmugMug team, we hope to find ways to coordinate our development work and provide two great destinations dedicated to visual storytellers and creatives.
flickr  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
Together, SmugMug + Flickr
This Community Always Existed. Now It's Uniting. Together, SmugMug and Flickr represent the world's most influential photographer-centric community.
flickr  smugmug  internet  photography 
april 2018 by terry
The death of the newsfeed
This overload means it now makes little sense to ask for the ‘chronological feed’ back. If you have 1,500 or 3,000 items a day, then the chronological feed is actually just the items you can be bothered to scroll through before giving up, which can only be 10% or 20% of what’s actually there. This will be sorted by no logical order at all except whether your friends happened to post them within the last hour. It’s not so much chronological in any useful sense as a random sample, where the randomizer is simply whatever time you yourself happen to open the app. ’What did any of the 300 people that I friended in the last 5 years post between 16:32 and 17:03?’ Meanwhile, giving us detailed manual controls and filters makes little more sense - the entire history of the tech industry tells us that actual normal people would never use them, even if they worked. People don't file.
facebook  socialmedia  rss  internet 
april 2018 by terry
RSS is undead
Don’t get me wrong, I love RSS. At its core, it is a beautiful manifestation of some of the most visionary principles of the internet, namely transparency and openness. The protocol really is simple and human-readable. It feels like how the internet was originally designed with static, full-text articles in HTML. Perhaps most importantly, it is decentralized, with no power structure trying to stuff other content in front of your face. It’s wonderfully idealistic, but the reality of RSS is that it lacks the features required by nearly every actor in the modern content ecosystem, and I would strongly suspect that its return is not forthcoming.
internet  archive  rss 
april 2018 by terry
Post-authenticity and the ironic truths of meme culture
Reality’s been having a tough time of it lately. From fake news to fake video to the utter charade of our Instagram personas, ‘authenticity’ seems to be over. When everything is an ironic meme, what are the new vectors for talking truth?
internet  society  culture  fakenews 
april 2018 by terry
It's time for an RSS revival
The modern web contains no shortage of horrors, from ubiquitous ad trackers to all-consuming platforms to YouTube comments, generally. Unfortunately, there's no panacea for what ails this internet we've built. But anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that's been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It's time to head back to RSS.
internet 
april 2018 by terry
How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet
Much of the GDPR builds on rules set by earlier EU privacy measures like the Privacy Shield and Data Protection Directive, but it expands on those measures in two crucial ways. First, the GDPR sets a higher bar for obtaining personal data than we’ve ever seen on the internet before. By default, any time a company collects personal data on an EU citizen, it will need explicit and informed consent from that person. Users also need a way to revoke that consent, and they can request all the data a company has from them as a way to verify that consent. It’s a lot stronger than existing requirements, and it explicitly extends to companies based outside the EU. For an industry that’s used to collecting and sharing data with little to no restriction, that means rewriting the rules of how ads are targeted online.
data  dataprotection  technology  internet  privacy  gdpr 
march 2018 by terry
The lunacy of search term CTAs in TV ads
Additionally, it is very difficult to dominate page one of the search results for those generic terms. Taking the Mini Original commercial shown above, the search query they told viewers to search for online was ‘New Original’. When conducting this search on Google, the first page of results are no where near dominated by Mini. As you can see from the screenshot below, seven of the listings are nothing to do with the car.
advertising  television  internet 
march 2018 by terry
The Grinch who changed to the Twenty Sixteen WordPress theme
What does it take to be able to easily read text? I personally find the paperback book format easiest for reading, so that’s where I take my design cues. It’s light, small and flexible. Text is black on a light (but not bright white) background. Width is 45-65 characters. Ample white space and margins are set in nice proportions to be easy on the eye. If you hold the book further away or closer, or use a magnifying glass, nothing about it changes.
webdesign  design  internet  blog 
february 2018 by terry
The punk rock internet – how DIY ​​rebels ​are working to ​replace the tech giants
Around the world, a handful of visionaries are plotting an alternative ​online ​future​.​ ​Is it really possible to remake the internet in a way that’s egalitarian, decentralised and free of snooping​?
internet  technology 
february 2018 by terry
It's the (democracy-poisoning) golden age of free speech
In the 20th century, the US passed laws that outlawed lead in paint and gasoline, that defined how much privacy a landlord needs to give his tenants, and that determined how much a phone company can surveil its customers. We can decide how we want to handle digital surveillance, attention-­channeling, harassment, data collection, and algorithmic decision­making. We just need to start the discussion. Now.
internet  censorship  socialmedia  surveillance 
january 2018 by terry
After a crazy 2014, About.me zeroes in on mobile
About.me has a huge opportunity going into 2015 to start focusing on revenue. The platform has matured, engagement is up, and there are plenty of features that About.me users would pay for. For example, About.me could offer premium editing and creation tools to the platform so that users can go above and beyond on their profiles.
socialmedia  internet  design 
january 2018 by terry
Top 500 most common passwords visualized
Most common passwords. Is yours here? Also, after some deep analysis, we’ve discovered that passwords fit into 11 categories. See what they are.
internet  security  infographics  datavisualisation  passwords 
january 2018 by terry
Fluid dynamics: how a wall of lava lamps helps encrypt 10% of the internet
And these top-secret cryptographic devices are not hidden behind lock and key, but publicly on view. In fact, additional disturbances from human proximity can add more randomness to the equation. In the end, it’s a surprisingly low-tech solution, but it mixes things up and ultimately does the job.
internet  security  cryptography  technology  computing 
january 2018 by terry
Idle Words: Talks
Talks by Maciej Cegłowski. I have some things to say. One talk per conference, no repeats.
blogs  internet  data  technology 
january 2018 by terry
How very 2017: the trial by media of 11-year-old Keaton Jones
Prevention is better than cure. Due process is better than correction. Who wants to be making the same kind of “Dewey Defeats Truman” mistake in 2017? Or be responsible for the downfall of an 11-year-old boy? We should be careful that in the rush for web traffic, we don’t end up car-crash reporting.
internet  socialmedia  children  journalism 
december 2017 by terry
The death of the internet
Every day I try and look for the systems that will save us. The safeguards that will stop the flood. And every day I find myself asking if they exist at all. More and more, I think the answer is no.
internet 
december 2017 by terry
Page Not Found: A brief history of the 404 Error
That the 404 should have crossover appeal seems fitting. It is near-universal and inherently emotional: pure disappointment, the announcement of an unanticipated problem. It’s also a reminder that technology, and the web in particular, is made by humans, and therefore fallible. The internet, after all, is hardly a well-oiled machine; it’s more like a version of The Garden of Earthly Delights built by unidirectional hypertext and populated by broken links, corrupted image files, and incomplete information.
internet 
december 2017 by terry
Net neutrality: why are Americans so worried about it being scrapped?
On the other side of the battle are companies relying on the internet to connect to customers. Their fear is that in an unregulated internet, ISPs may charge customers extra to visit certain websites, demand fees from the sites themselves to be delivered at full-speed, or privilege their own services over those of competitors.
technology  internet 
november 2017 by terry
CompuServe’s forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down
Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you had a question chances were that a fellow member would answer it–just to be helpful.
via:joeo10  computers  internet  history  technology 
november 2017 by terry
Turning the specter of internet surveillance into art
This isn’t the first iteration of The Glass Room, an art exhibition that revolves around technology, power, and surveillance, but the new location and a shifting mood in popular attitudes toward Silicon Valley are palpable in the newer pieces.
art  technology  fcebook  amazon  internet  surveillance 
november 2017 by terry
James Bridle: Something is wrong on the internet
What we’re talking about is very young children, effectively from birth, being deliberately targeted with content which will traumatise and disturb them, via networks which are extremely vulnerable to exactly this form of abuse. It’s not about trolls, but about a kind of violence inherent in the combination of digital systems and capitalist incentives. It’s down to that level of the metal.

This, I think, is my point: The system is complicit in the abuse.

[...]

What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects.
children  internet  youtube  video 
november 2017 by terry
The first web apps: 5 apps that shaped the internet as we know it
Something clicked one hot July afternoon, waking Graham up after another 4AM coding session. "Hey, maybe we could make this run on the server and have the user control it by clicking on links on a web page," thought Graham. The software could run on the server, with a web page as the interface customers would use. "I sat up in bed, like the letter L, thinking, 'We have got to try this.'"
history  web  internet 
september 2017 by terry
Smokers are the last nice people online
I’m not sure if this is a particularly illuminating observation, whether it says something profoundly terrible about humanity and where it is headed, or whether this is something we should find solace in. I change my mind about it a lot.
internet  health 
september 2017 by terry
Après Moi, Le Déluge: What went wrong on Reddit
Reddit appears to be overrun by a racist, sexist fringe. It’s not. When interviewed by Aaron Sankin at the Daily Dot, many of Reddit’s unpaid moderators were upset with the mandate to police harassment not because they thought harassment was inherently valuable speech, but because they were angry about not having the appropriate tools to police it. Reddit has driven itself into the ground by the same cost-efficient model that made it rise to the top. The site has a content problem because it has a moderation problem, a terrible labor problem that it has long hidden behind proclamations of “free speech.”
internet  troll  harassment 
july 2017 by terry
Popurls
Mother of news aggregators
internet  news 
june 2017 by terry
Google tracks everything you do: here's how to delete it
Google doesn't make a huge song and dance about its in-depth knowledge of its users, but at the same time it doesn't keep it a secret either. Here's how to find out what Google knows and take control of your data.
via:loughlin  internet  privacy 
june 2017 by terry
Privacy tools & tips for regular folks
The purpose of this site is to provide you, a human, with some relevant tips and tools to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of other humans and machines. It also will hopefully provide some down-to-earth translations of privacy and data protection news into plain and understandable English.
privacy  internet  technology 
june 2017 by terry
Is our smartphone addiction damaging our children?
Research has found a link between ‘technoference’ and poor child behaviour. The need for light relief is very human, but perhaps we can find a happier balance.
technology  internet  parenting  children 
may 2017 by terry
Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus highlights
Global internet use continues to grow at 10% year over year, with 3.4 billion people on the internet as of 2016. Internet advertising spending is expected to surpass TV spending in 2017. Combined, Google and Facebook accounted for 85% of the total internet ad revenue growth between 2015 and 2016.
internet  technology  marketing  advertising  facebook  google  socialmedia 
may 2017 by terry
Ethiopia shut down the internet ahead of a scheduled countrywide national exams
Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with another 288,000 preparing for the grade 12 university entrance exams that will take place next week.
africa  internet  exams  schools 
may 2017 by terry
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