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I’ve maintained a link blog for some time and have finally decided to forge both my personal blog and linkblog together as one. I’m starting all over again here ( importing previous snippets requires alot more work than I have the time for now ).

I can’t promise that I’ll update this collection everyday - you’ve probably heard worse :-) …so, this is my signal within the noise :-) :

Sept. 07, 2016

Aug 26, 2016 2016

Why Tim Berners-Lee is no friend of Facebook

It’s hypocritical of Mark Zuckerberg to sing the praises of the web’s founder when he’s trying to monopolise the internet. —The Guardian

Aug 22, 2016 2016

Uber’s First Self-Driving Fleet Arrives in Pittsburgh This Month

The autonomous cars, launching this summer, are custom Volvo XC90s, supervised by humans in the driver’s seat. —Bloomberg

Trump Is Doubling Down On A Losing Strategy

August is still too soon to declare any presidential campaign over. But Trump and his acolytes seem to be in profound denial about the narrowness of their appeal. —Five Thirty Eight

July 20, 2016 2016

Dollar Shave Club & the Disruption of Everything

Probably the most important fact when it comes to analyzing Unilever’s purchase of Dollar Shave Club is the $1 billion price: in the world of consumer packaged goods (CPG) it is shockingly low. — Stratechery

July 19, 2016 2016

How Melania Trump’s Speech Veered Off Course and Sparked an Uproar

It was, by all accounts, an entirely preventable blunder, committed in front of an audience of 23 million television viewers, that exposed the weaknesses of an organization that has long spurned the safeguards of a modern presidential campaign, such as the free software that detects plagiarism.. — NY Times

July 15, 2016 2016

HyperTerm – JS/HTML/CSS Terminal

A terminal emulator 100% based on JavaScript, HTML and CSS

An open letter from technology sector leaders on Donald Trump’s candidacy for President

We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not. He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline. — New Co Shift

June 19, 2016

Trump in the Dumps

Enough said..

Republicans had been using bigotry against minorities and gays to whip up voters for decades. — NY Times

Think Less, Think Better

Honing an ability to unburden the load on your mind, be it through meditation or some other practice, can bring with it a wonderfully magnified experience of the world — NY Times

June 14, 2016

‘Bluetooth 5’ to be Announced Next Week

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering quadruple the range and double the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol.
— Mac Rumors

200+ page dossier on Donald Trump allegedly authored by Democratic strategist Warren Flood leaks a day after Washington Post reported the DNC had been hacked

Created by a Democratic strategist named Warren Flood.

Samsung Acquires Joyent

In addition, Joyent’s unique combination of container-native infrastructure, object storage, server-less computing, and Node.js expertise is perfectly suited to help Samsung meet the needs of its customers. — Samsung Newsroom

June 08, 2016

The Fucking Open Web

We saw web identity as a core part of the web’s future and fought to build it with web standards. That’s how I got sucked into the delusional world of open standards and web specifications. — Hueniverse

June 07, 2016

Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life

Great read.

Motion Stills – Create beautiful GIFs from Live Photos

Available on the app store

Today we are releasing Motion Stills, an iOS app from Google Research that acts as a virtual camera operator for your Apple Live Photos. We use our video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or create sweeping cinematic pans — Google Research

June 06, 2016

Donald Trump is blatantly racist — and the media is too scared to call him out on it

Racism at its purest

As the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, Trump said he wants to disqualify the federal judge overseeing the Trump University case because of his “Mexican heritage” and membership in a Latino lawyers association — Vox

May 21, 2016

The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2016

Duo, Allo, VR in Daydream and much more. I’m a big fan of 10 minute video rundowns of any of these types of events.

Avoiding Blackberry’s Fate

Will investments pay off in big data AI services, voice interfaces and ubiquitous assistants is yet to be seen.

The BlackBerry’s success came to an end not because RIM started releasing worse smartphones, but because the new job of the smartphone shifted almost entirely outside of their capabilities, and it was too late to catch up. —

..and a great wind-down correlating future success of these big companies with Apple:

If Google is wrong, and computing continues to be defined by a tightly controlled grid of siloed apps that you poke a thousand times a day on a smooth rectangle of manufacturing excellence, Apple is fine. They’re doing a great job of what computing is today, and what it will probably continue to be for a long time.

May 17, 2016

It’s a day for browsers. Yay.

Previewing ES6 Modules and more from ES2015, ES2016 and beyond

You can try ES2015 modules and other new ES2015, ES2016, and beyond features in Microsoft Edge, starting with the latest Windows Insider Preview — Microsoft

Firefox tops Microsoft browser market share for first time

Mozilla’s Firefox grabbed 15.6 percent of worldwide desktop browser usage in April, according to the latest numbers from Web analytics outfit StatCounter — Ars Technica

May 14, 2016

Apple confirms reports of potential bug in iTunes; safeguard patch expected next week

Apple has said that they cannot reproduce the problem, they hadn’t confirmed it:

iTunes and Apple Music are far from perfect, and any steps the company takes to improve the software and service are welcome ones. — iMore/i>

In Oracle v. Google, a Nerd Subculture Is on Trial

The problem with Oracle v. Google is that everyone actually affected by the case knows what an API is, but the whole affair is being decided by people who don’t, from the normals in the jury box to the normals at the Supreme Court. — Motherboard

When Websites Won’t Take No for an Answer

“It’s a term for patterns that are manipulative, that you are doing on purpose to get one over on users,” Mr. Brignull said when I recently called him.— NY Times

May 11, 2016

The new home for charts and data, powered by Quartz.

Just loved this,

May 10, 2016

Introducing WhatsApp’s desktop app

Just like WhatsApp Web, the new desktop app lets you message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket.— Whats App Blog

Stephen Curry Is M.V.P., and This Time It’s Unanimous

Neither Magic, Jordan, Bird or Lebron did it - but Stephen Curry did.

George Washington remains the only unanimously elected president.— NY Times

May 03, 2016

Stack Overflow: How We Do Deployment - 2016 Edition

If you’re the curious type, check out posts #1 and #2 as well

We’ve talked about Stack Overflow’s architecture and the hardware behind it. The next most requested topic was Deployment. How do we get code a developer (or some random stranger) writes into production? Let’s break it down. Keep in mind that we’re talking about deploying Stack Overflow for the example, but most of our projects follow almost an identical pattern to deploy a website or a service. — Nick Craver

May 02, 2016

Craig Steven Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Is he?

Our conclusion is that Mr Wright could well be Mr Nakamoto, but that important questions remain. Indeed, it may never be possible to establish beyond reasonable doubt who really created bitcoin. — The Economist

WhatsApp, Used by 100 Million Brazilians, Was Shut Down Nationwide Today by a Single Judge

Indeed, there will be battles in other countries - this is just the beginning.

But there is no question that is just a sign of what is to come for countries far from Brazil: There will undoubtedly be similar battles in numerous countries around the world over what rights companies have to offer privacy protections to their users. — The Intercept

Icahn: We’re out of Apple, and it’s China’s fault

There has been some talk of sacking Tim Cook, after all Jobs has made hiring mistakes before:

Apple’s sales declined 13 percent from the prior-year period, its first year-over-year revenue drop since 2003. Sales of its key iPhone slid to 51.2 million from 61.2 million the previous year. — CNBC

APRIL 26, 2016

IPhone Sales Drop, and Apple’s 13-Year Surge Ebbs

The technology giant said on Tuesday that revenue for its second fiscal quarter, which ended in March, fell 13 percent to $50.6 billion as sales of its flagship product, the iPhone, fell, with little else to take its place. Net income fell 22 percent to $10.5 billion, or $1.90 a share. — NY Times

World’s Fastest Growing Open Source Platform Pushes Out New Release

New “Current” version line focuses on performance improvements, increased reliability and better security for its 3.5 million users — Node JS

APRIL 19, 2016

How Facebook is slowly eating the rest of the Internet

Facebook threw the company behind a massive push to add a slew of new features to its Live video as it takes on Snapchat, Periscope, and traditional television itself. Get ready to broadcast. — Washington Post

Intel to Cut 12,000 Jobs, Forecast Misses Amid PC Blight

The PC era, eternally disrupted by smartphone technology:

Intel Corp. will eliminate 12,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its workforce, embarking on the deepest cutbacks in a decade to gird for a fifth year of declines in the personal-computer market. — Bloomberg Technology

APRIL 18, 2016

Browser Ball

Toss a beach ball hither and yon all in your browser. Loads of fun!

This is a Chrome Experiment
Browser Ball attempts, with only moderate success, to allow the configuration of a seemingly endless array of continuous spaces using multiple overlapping browser windows. — We Are Instrument

Silicon Valley mourns its ‘coach,’ former Intuit CEO Bill Campbell

Just a month after former Intel CEO and chairman Andy Grove died, Silicon Valley has lost another legend. Bill Campbell, a former CEO and chairman of Intuit and a longtime Apple board member, has died, according to a family statement reported by Bloomberg. — Washington Post

APRIL 08, 2016

It’s a Tesla

Tesla, known for it’s late delivery gets an astounding 115,000 pre-orders by people who don’t even know what the car will look like:

Let’s start with the caveats: no, Tesla did not sell 276,000 Model 3’s in three days; that is the number of fully refundable pre-orders that required a deposit of “only” $1,000. — Ben Thompson

Security experts say Burr-Feinstein draft encryption bill is flawed and dangerous

Killing end to end encryption:

In other words, the bill would make illegal the sort of user-controlled encryption that’s in every modern iPhone, in all billion devices that run Whatsapp’s messaging service, and in dozens of other tech products— Wired