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Pinboard Acquires Delicious

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This is simply amazing given the history of Pinboard. Strike a win for the indie web.

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21 days ago
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wow.
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Wow!
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Wow!
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Video: Sixt Ad Shows the BMW 7 Series Demands Respect Even as a Rental

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It’s widely known that rental cars don’t usually get a lot of respect. People tend to abuse them so bad rentals have become some of the most dreaded cars you can possibly drive. But what happens when you rent a luxury car such as the BMW 7 Series?

Not all rental companies offer such expensive rides to their customers, but the ones that do charge you an arm and a leg for the luxury. Yet does that mean renters change their minds about abusing these cars? Well, Sixt’s latest ad might have an answer, even though it’s an unconventional one.

As the ad starts we get teleported inside a 7er and the serene feeling it gives you, pampered in all that quilted leather and brushed aluminum. A few seconds into the ad, we notice there’s a little girl sitting in the back, enjoying life as a passenger in the Bavarian flagship.

However, a sudden urge to pick her nose apparently takes over and, unlike adults, she decides to take care of things as a child would. The trouble is, getting rid of the booger on her index finger  is not as easy to do when you’re surrounded by the best materials you can get in a car. The solution she reaches might make your stomach churn though, but it has the expected the result.

Let’s take a look.

The article Video: Sixt Ad Shows the BMW 7 Series Demands Respect Even as a Rental appeared first on BMW BLOG

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codesujal
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cute and funny ad
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Source Code for Panic Apps Stolen By Malware Thieves

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Steven Frank:

Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer.

In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned.

Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.

This is one hell of a story and quite a shock, but the crew at Panic kept their heads together and did the right thing: they’ve opened up completely and honestly, refused to deal with the blackmailer, and I think they are correctly unworried about their source code being leaked publicly.

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This is my nightmare.
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NewsBlur’s Twitter support just got a whole lot better

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It was a little under a year ago that I declared Twitter back, baby on this blog. In that time, NewsBlur users have created over 80,000 Twitter feeds in NewsBlur. Since it’s such a popular feature, I decided to dive back into the code and make tweets look a whole lot better.

Notice that NewsBlur now natively supports expanding truncated URLs (no more t.co links).

And NewsBlur also supports native quoted tweets, where a user links to a tweet in their own tweet. NewsBlur expands the quoted tweet and blockquotes it for convenience.

Plus retweets now show both the original tweet author and the retweeting author. This means that you can quickly scan tweets and see where the retweet originated from. And retweeted tweets that quote their own tweets also get expanded.

It’s almost as if NewsBlur is inching closer and closer to becoming its own full fledged Twitter client. While NewsBlur already hit Zawinski’s Law (“Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.”) by supporting email-newsletters-to-rss, Twitter is coming up fast.

Speaking of which, I have this idea I’ve been noodling about better supporting Twitter habits that need to become less of a habit. I want to be able to automatically follow people from my Twitter tweetstream in NewsBlur based the frequency of their posting. I want to be able to infrequently dip into Twitter but still read the tweets from people who only post once a week or once a day.

In other words, I want Twitter, the RSS killer, to better integrate with an RSS reader so that I can pull out the good stuff from the unending flow of tweets. RSS means never missing anything, but Twitter’s main use case is anathema to how we use RSS. I don’t like to preannounce features, but this one intrigues me and if you agree, please share this story to let me know or to give me feedback on how you would like to see NewsBlur be a better Twitter client.

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samuel
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I'm thinking something more automatic than post freq as training. A slider or segmented control and you are subscribed to users who post at the frequency or below. Possibly even multiple sub folders with different frequencies: 1 week, 1 day, and then all the rest.
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eldritchconundrum
45 days ago
You say "RSS means never missing anything", but to me that isn't true. Posts more than 30 days old cannot be in an "unread" state. The marking as read that occurs automatically after 30 days is literally "missing something". I can't find it anymore among the rest, once it's been marked as read.
samuel
45 days ago
I think a month is a fine line to draw. Everything on the Internet, at a high enough level, is measured in monthly usage. If you're not using NewsBlur once a month then you're not really using NewsBlur.
eldritchconundrum
45 days ago
Certainly one month is fine, for news items. But if I want to e.g. accumulate one hundred of updates of an ongoing story-intense webcomic, then read them all in one go, then I have to track manually where I last stopped, because unread doesn't mean unread. In other words, NewsBlur is not a general-purpose RSS reader, it is specialized for reading recent news. Well, the name says it upfront, so I guess I can't complain. News... And Blur.
samuel
45 days ago
To be fair, those stories aren't gone, they just aren't unread. That's why the default is "All Stories" and not just "Unread Stories".
superlopuh
44 days ago
The unread stories effectively disappear into the void though. I've definitely lost posts that I would have liked to read at some point this way. It would be cool if there was some sort of banner for recently/soon-to-be autoread posts. Automatically sending them to pocket would also be a useful feature.
eldritchconundrum
43 days ago
They are not gone, they are lost in the haystack. If I can't find them, that's the same thing.
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Groxx
45 days ago
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I read every tweet, and twitter makes that very hard to do (which is why I'm a happy user of Talon), so that sounds great :) Infrequent tweeters are often my favorites.

Personally, I'd be happy with a twitter folder, with a "feed" for each follow. With a bit of thumbs-training (and a per-folder focus setting? or something) I'd probably never go back to twitter.com at all.
TheRomit
45 days ago
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I like the last idea (I current have some users as columns in Tweetdeck but RSS may be a cleaner solution).

How about Yahoo Pipes-like combination of some users' Twitter feeds that make one RSS subscription?
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samuel
43 days ago
Well you can read multiple twitter feeds in a folder, and with Focus mode, you can already filter them. And folders have RSS feeds, so you could then pipe that out somewhere else.
TheRomit
40 days ago
Ah! That's a good idea. Thanks for the tip!
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45 days ago
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I think I'd like to have my entire feed in a separate drawer here and then be able to use training to push users I follow down (or up) in the visibility stack. Right now NB and TW are the only two pinned tabs in my browser. Getting this down to one would be fantastic. Post frequency as a function of training would be a really nice feature compression.
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‘Heartbreaking’

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Unroll.me CEO and founder Jojo Hedaya, in a blog post responding to the outcry after Mike Isaac of The New York Times revealed that the company does things like sell “anonymized” Lyft receipts to Lyft arch-rival Uber:

Our users are the heart of our company and service. So it was heartbreaking to see that some of our users were upset to learn about how we monetize our free service.

And while we try our best to be open about our business model, recent customer feedback tells me we weren’t explicit enough.

Give me a fucking break. They’re not “heartbroken” because their users are upset. They’re in damage-control mode because they were operating under the radar and now they’ve been revealed, very publicly, as the shitbags that they are. If you’ve signed up for Unroll.me, delete your account. They make money by selling your purchase receipts to the highest bidder. That’s their business.

Unsubstantiated, but from a post on Hacker News:

I worked for a company that nearly acquired unroll.me. At the time, which was over three years ago, they had kept a copy of every single email of yours that you sent or received while a part of their service. Those emails were kept in a series of poorly secured S3 buckets. A large part of Slice buying unroll.me was for access to those email archives. Specifically, they wanted to look for keyword trends and for receipts from online purchases.

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codesujal
60 days ago
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This is why no free service gets access to my inbox. Shady AF. #fb
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61 days ago
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"if you're not paying for the product, you are the product" is demonstrated once again.
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★ ‘So-Called’

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From a New York Times report by Alan Wong:

President Xi Jinping of China is not expected to be strolling the manicured fairways of the Trump International Golf Club on Thursday, sizing up his approach shot.

Mr. Xi is known to be an avid soccer fan, bent on transforming China into a great power in that egalitarian team sport, but the Chinese Communist Party maintains an ideological contempt for golf as a rich person’s game.

That view, among others, places him at odds with President Trump, who owns more than a dozen golf courses and whose so-called Winter White House, the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., charges more than $200,000 for membership.

Describing Mar-a-Lago as “the so-called Winter White House” is pernicious at best, and I would argue it’s downright outrageous. No news organization, let alone one as prestigious in stature and as fastidious about style and usage as The New York Times, should ever describe Mar-a-Lago as “the Winter White House”. Prefacing it by “so-called” doesn’t make it right. So-called by whom? By Trump.

There is only one White House. It is in Washington D.C., and it is owned by the U.S. federal government. It is sometimes and rightly called “The People’s House”, because we the people own it, and we vote to elect the president who lives and works in it. No one profits financially when a state visit is held at the White House.

Mar-a-Lago is a private facility owned by Trump himself. When he hosts state visits there, not only does someone personally profit from it, that someone is Trump himself. Using Mar-a-Lago for official state business goes against everything that the actual White House stands for.

This is no little thing. Describing Mar-a-Lago in a news article as “the so-called Winter White House” is normalizing out and out corruption — Trump’s shameless profiteering off the presidency.

If the Times wants to quote Trump using the phrase, so be it. But the description should never be used in news copy. The New York Times has no more reason to describe Mar-a-Lago as “the Winter White House” than they do to refer to their own publication as “the failing New York Times”.

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"Describing Mar-a-Lago ... as “the so-called Winter White House” is normalizing out and out corruption"
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mareino
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Honestly, I think the bigger story here is that Trump & his staff are so f***ing clueless that they took a Communist golfing.
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