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You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook. - WSJ
These are profound violations of trust and privacy.

> In the Journal’s testing, Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the most popular heart-rate app on Apple’s iOS, made by California-based Azumio Inc., sent a user’s heart rate to Facebook immediately after it was recorded.
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> Flo Health Inc.’s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, which claims 25 million active users, told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant, the tests showed.
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> Real-estate app Realtor.com, owned by Move Inc., a subsidiary of Wall Street Journal parent News Corp , sent the social network the location and price of listings that a user viewed, noting which ones were marked as favorites, the tests showed.
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> None of those apps provided users any apparent way to stop that information from being sent to Facebook.

Via [Daring Fireball](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2019/02/22/facebook-apps-data).
2 hours ago
50 Years In Tech. Part 16: From One Ice Floe To The Next
[Jean-Louis Gassée](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Louis_Gassée) has been writing some very fun retrospectives of his time in tech. If you remember [BeOS](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS) and the [BeBox](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeBox) this is a fun read. I also found this little inside baseball look at [NeXTSTEP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeXTSTEP) and Apple's acquisition of NeXT fun.

> Later, I learned another version of the story from a NeXT and Apple insider. By 1996, Jobs had given up on NeXTSTEP and had focused the company on WebObjects, a set of tools and building blocks aimed at the design and implementation of high-performance, feature-rich websites. But the noise from the Apple-Be conversations attracted the attention of Avie Tevanian, VP of software at NeXT, who urged Jobs to dust off NeXTSTEP and whip up a demo. The master persuader convinced Gil Amelio to pay the price Apple didn’t want to pay for Be: $429M for NeXT.

It’s unlikely Apple acquiring BeOS would have been transformational, but maybe. The leadership behind NeXTSTEP was very transformational for Apple.
18 hours ago
COI - Chat Over IMAP
If this were on April Fool's Day I would be positive it is a joke, but I don't think it is. 😕
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18 hours ago
Intentionality — MacSparky
I like this annual review that David Sparks walks through. 🤔
18 hours ago
Tasksaur
Super simple to do list service. ✅
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18 hours ago
FormSubmit | A Contact Form to Email Service
Handy service if you need to collect form data. 📝
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18 hours ago
Commento: A fast, privacy-focused commenting platform
I've waited and waited for someone to come out with a commenting service that doesn't surveil users, charges a reasonable fee, and isn't filled with ads (I’m looking at you [Disqus](https://disqus.com)). This service looks high-quality and respects everyones privacy. I've deployed it on my [Link Blog](https://links.thingelstad.com/) to give it a try.
18 hours ago
When Kids Google Themselves - The Atlantic
I've thought about this, but have no great answers. I first read about this back in this [2011 blog post](https://links.thingelstad.com/2011/07/hes-not-my-character-to-write-anymore) on the topic. It is a way bigger topic today, particularly with photos being some prominent. 🤷‍♂️
18 hours ago
WiFi Hides Inside a USB Cable | Hackaday
Holy crap! This is brilliant and frightening. It would be super easy to take over control of a computer by giving someone one of these cables. How do you defend against this? 🦹‍♀️
18 hours ago
Scripting News: If I were CEO of the NYT
Interesting perspective from Dave Winer. Not surprising that it’s focused around blogs.
19 hours ago
Password Managers: Under the Hood of Secrets Management - Independent Security Evaluators
This is all about how password managers deal with unencrypted data in memory. On disk the encryption is all fine, but when running, they should minimize the attack surface. I was expected better outcomes for 1Password, my preferred password manager. Note though that these all require access to a computer and unlocked memory state, so the real risk is low. Nonetheless, I'd like to see this improved.
19 hours ago
Introducing .dev domains from Google Registry
Interesting way that Google is rolling this out charging very high amounts to register early, avoiding domain squatters trying to take domains and hold them ransom.
19 hours ago
The Weekly Email – AVC
This is written about startups and founders, but I think it easily applies to a lot of contexts.

> But more than anything, writing the weekly email is a tool for the founder to collect themselves, get grounded for the week ahead, and articulate what they and the company are doing and why.

I've been doing this with the Weekly Thing. I've had a pause on the Tech Weekly, which is for our technology team at SPS for the last couple months and I’m planning on retooling it and get it going again.
19 hours ago
Launch WorldWideWeb CERN 2019 WorldWideWeb Rebuild
This is very cool.

> In February 2019, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the development of WorldWideWeb, a group of developers and designers convened at CERN to rebuild the original browser within a contemporary browser, allowing users around the world to experience the rather humble origins of this transformative technology.

You can experience the web as it was in the very beginning!
19 hours ago
Janet Programming Language
Interesting Lisp-based functional language.
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19 hours ago
Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic — it’s a gameplay revolution | Ars Technica
I put [Tetris 99](https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/tetris-99-switch) on my Switch and you may not hear from me for a very long time. It’s super fun! I never would have thought of a [Battle Royale](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_royale_game) version of Tetris! 🎮
6 days ago
Brandi Carlile - The Joke (LIVE at the 61st GRAMMYs) - YouTube
We've been fans of Brandi Carlile for a while, and this performance at the Grammy's was amazing! 🎶
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7 days ago
Letting neural networks be weird — Candy Heart messages written by a neural network
Good reminder for everyone preparing for machine learning to take over the world. Let's first figure out Valentine's sayings. 😁
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8 days ago
Blockchain and Trust - Schneier on Security
Schneier is very savvy and smart, and this direct takedown of blockchain is to the point. I've gotten more comfortable with the idea that blockchain is a technology solution for trust, but Schneier's arguments for why that simply isn't true are strong. 😳
8 days ago
Amazon to Acquire eero to Help Customers Better Connect Smart Home Devices | Amazon.com, Inc. - Press Room
I use eero devices at home. I always suspected that eero would be purchased by a bigger company. I didn’t think it would be Amazon though.
8 days ago
Inside story of how legendary NFL broadcaster Bob Costas ended up excised from football and out at NBC -- ESPN
I've always enjoyed Bob Costas. I’m not a huge sports person, but Costa's has a way of bringing stories together in a way that is very compelling. The reaction to him speaking out about brain injury issues in the NFL is at best dissapointing.
8 days ago
Coaching Tools - The One on One | Silicon Valley Product Group
This article is written referring to product management, but nearly all of it can be applied to any 1:1 context. This is a topic I keep wanting to investigate as it is not well defined in most companies. Just the statement here referring to 1:1's as a "coaching technique" is a compelling way to frame these sessions.
8 days ago
The Observation Deck » Reflecting on The Soul of a New Machine
Reading this, along with [Jess Fraz's writeup](https://blog.jessfraz.com/post/new-golden-age-of-building-with-soul/) makes me want to go and re-read [Soul of a New Machine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soul_of_a_New_Machine) again too! It’s a great book. 📚
8 days ago
Leave Me Alone - Take back control of your inbox
Neat tool to specifically help you with unsubscribing from bulk mail. Sadly it only seems to work with Gmail at the moment. 😴
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8 days ago
Python Itertools: For a faster and memory efficient code – Kanoki
Slick examples of what you can do with Python's `itertools`. 🛠
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8 days ago
Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company
Reflections from the CEO and Founder of [Gumroad](https://gumroad.com) on building the business and the significant ups and downs. He grounds back to delivering value. It seems obvious, but that is really what matters.
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8 days ago
No thank you, Mr. Pecker – Jeff Bezos – Medium
Is "complexifier" a word? If not, I want it to be one. What a bunch of slime ball stuff. Glad Bezos didn’t capitulate.
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8 days ago
Bloomberg London: Workplace of the Future - YouTube
If you find buildings and architecture interesting this is an amazing look at the new Bloomberg London location. The first half was the most interesting to me covering the mechanics of the building. Amazing space. Thanks to [Nick](https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-swenson-976b7337/) for the link.
8 days ago
The ARPUs of the Big Four Dwarf Everybody Else – Monday Note
These ARPU numbers are amazing.

> For each dollar of digital ad growth between 2011–2018, Google took $1.00, Facebook $3.70, while the NYT took only 32 cents.

😯
11 days ago
Executive coach: 7 secrets to lasting career satisfaction
These seem like worthwhile actions to make sure you are adjusting your trajectory in a thoughtful way.
11 days ago
National Park Typeface
I dig cool little font projects like this. 👏
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12 days ago
Original 1949 Vitamix Infomercial - Papa Barnard - YouTube
I’m a fan of Vitamix blenders. We have two of them! I had no idea that they were one of the very first infomercials made. This is fun to watch. 📺
14 days ago
Oh God, It's Raining Newsletters — by Craig Mod
Craig Mod sharing some perspective on the recent rise in newsletters. This newsletter, the Weekly Thing, is part of that rise. I have found some, but not all, of the particular and unique aspects of newsletter writing that is described here. I do love the “unmediated” aspect of email. There isn’t a spot for a company in the middle to profit from it (the reason I’m circumspect of ventures like Stoop).

> These newsletters are the most backed up pieces of writing in history, copies in millions of inboxes, on millions of hard drives and servers, far more than any blog post. More robust than an Internet Archive container. LOCKSS to the max. These might be the most durable copies yet of ourselves. They’re everywhere but privately so, hidden, piggybacking on the most accessible, oldest networked publishing platform in the world.

Long live email! 📧
14 days ago
Sheety - Turn your Google Sheet into an API
This seems like a cool capability for smaller projects or for just trying things out. Looks like it’s read only. Reminds me of [datasette](https://github.com/simonw/datasette).
16 days ago
stylelint
Handy tool for helping with CSS.
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16 days ago
Fortnite’s Marshmello concert was a bizarre and exciting glimpse of the future - The Verge
It’s clear to me that online multiplayer games like Fortnite are not *just* games, but are something bigger. What that bigger is I don't know. It’s not my wheelhouse but I know that people spend a lot of time engaging friends via these platforms. This concert from [Marshmello](https://marshmellomusic.com) *inside* of the game is an interesting example of how this can extend beyond traditional gaming. 🤔
17 days ago
Don't Let the Internet Dupe you, Event Sourcing is Hard - Blogomatano
The Event Sourcing pattern is a solid one and has been adopted a lot in recent years. This is a take on the complexity associated with event sourcing and some things to watch out for, or be aware of. It’s not an incrimination, but a survey of things to be prepared for.
17 days ago
Snopes pulls out of its fact-checking partnership with Facebook – Poynter
Facebook paying $100,000 for this service is laughable, and should mostly serve as further assurance that Facebook doesn't see value in solving this problem. It’s also crazy to me that Snopes highlights that there is no API and there isn't an easy way to flag content. Clearly Facebook knows how to make API's and how to make user experiences easy, at least when they want to.

> “With a manual system and a closed system — it’s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,” Green told Poynter in a phone interview. “Do you need fact-checkers to stop and do all this manual work? Or should fake websites just be reported through other means and supply a body of evidence that these people shouldn’t be on your platform because of their nefarious activity?”

I like this focus on engaging directly with their actual customers.

> “It’s hard for me to concern myself with making Facebook successful when it’s so hard just for Snopes to be successful,” Green said. “Our community isn’t just on Facebook. We prioritize our readers first.”

Honestly, Facebook doesn't lack resources to solve this problem.
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17 days ago
How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms
My friend Patrick Rhone outlines his approach to creating websites. Focused on benefits and the visitor, very good. 👍
17 days ago
Crypto Exchange Says It Can't Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password
This isn’t the first time that large amounts of cryptocurrency have been lost.

> Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday.

I wonder how much inflation bitcoin has had due to lost currency. 💸
17 days ago
Have A Few Minutes Of Serious Fun With Bob Mould : All Songs Considered : NPR
I love that Bob Mould is still making those giant guitar sounds. I’m looking forward to this new album.
20 days ago
Homebrew 2.0.0
Homebrew makes using your Mac so much easier, and now with support for Linux and Windows 10 Linux subsystem.
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20 days ago
Humaaans: Mix-&-Match illustration library
Robust graphic library with a variety of images for people.
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20 days ago
Lapis - A web framework for Lua or MoonScript powered by OpenResty
I continue to find Lua a bit fascinating, and dig the idea of putting Lua right in the web server.
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20 days ago
Notepin - Extremely simple blogging
Another simple blogging platform. Let's keep these options flourishing!
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20 days ago
Rogue Amoeba - The Design of Loopback 2
This is a great overview of how to go about user experience design, just using some paper and pens. Teams often over complicate the tooling to get these design concepts created.
20 days ago
Inspecting JSON Files on iOS with Jayson – MacStories
I have the same use case as Frederico, using iCloud to store state for Shortcuts in JSON files. If you need to deal with JSON on iOS this is a nice tool to do it with.
21 days ago
On Being A Principal Engineer
Great reflections on the breadth of responsibilities that come with being a principal engineer.
21 days ago
Google will stop peddling a data collector through Apple’s back door | TechCrunch
This story as well as the one about Facebook is getting a lot of attention. A number of people have seemed to think that Apple pulled the enterprise certificates because of the privacy issues with these applications. I don't think that has anything to do with it. These certificates are meant to be used to distribute internally developed applications to your employees, not outside your company. That is the reason they pulled the certificates.
21 days ago
Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — ProPublica
At this point nothing should really surprise us from Facebook right? 🤦‍♂️
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21 days ago
Maze Design
Turns out generating mazes is pretty complex.
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21 days ago
Omni Roadmap 2019 - The Omni Group
Basically finish up what they were hoping to get done in 2018. I do think the JavaScript automation for OmniFocus will be a big deal.
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21 days ago
Lawrence Lessig On What MMOs Can Teach Us About Real Life Politics — Seed
I’m a big fan of [Larry Lessig](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Lessig). I had no idea that he was an advisor to Second Life. Seed sounds like SimCity taken to the extreme.
21 days ago
Buttondown
I like seeing new email newsletter platforms popping up that are focused on more grassroots things, versus serving marketing teams. This is a lot more powerful than TinyLetter. Not as powerful as Mailchimp, but it’s also way easier to use. If you are lookin for an easy way to start a newsletter this seems like a good option.
22 days ago
AI Helps Amputees Walk With a Robotic Knee - IEEE Spectrum
This is absolutely brilliant.

> Normally, human technicians spend hours working with amputees to manually adjust robotic limbs to work well with each person’s style of walking. By comparison, the reinforcement-learning technique automatically tuned a robotic knee, enabling the prosthetic wearers to walk smoothly on level ground within 10 minutes.

Use AI to get the computer to adapt to the human faster! 💙
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22 days ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - Malicious Shortcuts
I didn’t think of this but it’s right, it would be really easy to make a shortcut that pulled a copy of all sorts of data from your phone and then had the user send it to you. To be clear, the user would have to willingly go along for the ride. It wouldn't be possible to do this automatically. But you could pretty quickly fool people I would think.
22 days ago
Cronios – tow.com
This is really janky and you have to build it yourself with Xcode but I it’s pretty cool to be able to run a Shortcut on a schedule like cron.
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22 days ago
Stoop for iOS — An Inbox for Newsletters — Tools and Toys
There are a few people who subscribe to this newsletter via Stoop. I haven't tried it, and don't plan to. I don't have a problem routing newsletters to the right spot to read when I have time. I would also be paranoid of putting a company in the middle of the content I’m reading. But, I’m sure some will find this a great option for newsletters.
22 days ago
In WSJ Op-Ed, Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Down to Users and Misses the Point | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I’m a proud supporter of the EFF.

> Zuckerberg ends his op-ed with a call for government regulation codifying the principles of "transparency, choice, and control." But in reality, Facebook is tirelessly fighting against laws that might do just that: it is actively [battling to undermine Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/eff-appellate-court-protect-biometric-privacy) in court, and the Internet Association, of which Facebook is a member, has asked California legislators to [weaken the California Consumer Privacy Act](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/facebooks-latest-scandal-shows-we-need-stronger-privacy-laws), and is pushing for a national law [only if it "preempts" and rolls back those vital state protections](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/game-rigged-congress-invites-no-consumer-privacy-advocates-its-consumer-privacy).

Follow the money.
22 days ago
How To Be Successful - Sam Altman
Altman does reference getting lucky in this, but I would suggest adding a new "0. Get Lucky". I agree with his recommendations, but those simply tip your odds. You also have to get lucky. 🍀
22 days ago
Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This - The New York Times
I agree with Newport's primary assertion here, that Jobs' would not have wanted a device to become so constantly integrated into our worlds. Mostly I would say that based on his lifestyle. The fact that he didn’t pitch a store and was downplaying third party apps, I suspect, had to do more with Apple not being ready to pursue that strategy at the time.
22 days ago
websocketd
Neat program to route stdin and stdout to an external process and make it accessible via WebSockets! 🛠
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27 days ago
Developer Demos HomeKit’s New Integration with Smart TVs — MacStories
Seriously, of all the devices I'd like to control with HomeKit my TV would be right up there. Controlling inputs would be dynamite. I’m hoping a bunch of companies add this to their TV's with an update! 🤞🏻
27 days ago
Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 40+ companies – SimpleOptOut.com
What a great resource to quickly get to the controls for privacy improvements at a number of big companies. 👍
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28 days ago
reMarkable | The paper tablet
This is an interesting product. It’s a single purpose tool, which makes me wonder if it could ever really make it, but it is focused squarely on the note taking space. It could work, but the cost is high.
28 days ago
The Tech Revolt — The California Sunday Magazine
Nice stories of individuals in the tech industry focusing on ethical work.
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28 days ago
The U.S. Department of Defense on How to Detect 'Agile BS' - The New Stack
Sort of a funny read from the Department of Defense helping it’s buyers not get duped by shenanigans around agile.

> The Board’s document says its goal is to help program executives and acquisition professionals to spot projects “that are simply waterfall or spiral development in agile clothing.” One attempted hybrid of Waterfall and Agile development has been dubbed “water-Scrum-fall,” but the document warns against imposters trying to claim this is agile development, using the sardonic moniker “agile-scrum-fall”.

🤣
28 days ago
Online privacy Recode podcast interview with McSweeney’s and EFF - Recode
This is a good interview with the director of the EFF and hits on a lot of the great content in the new book they published with McSweeney's. I just ordered a copy myself. There are some great "awakening" stories here about privacy practices online.
29 days ago
Trouble hiring senior engineers? It's probably you - Hiring Engineers
A number of good things to consider in your recruiting for technology professionals in general, not just senior engineers.
29 days ago
Leaders, doing what you're good at hurts your team. - Signal v. Noise
I like this advice.

> Pause. Don’t be so busy. Take stock. Why are you doing those things? Because you like doing them? Because you’re good at them? Or because it’s the best way to move the team forward?

This would be a good thing to include in your regular reflections.
29 days ago
Marie Kondo, Fast Fashion, and the Thrift-Store Boom - CityLab
We've watched a few episodes of Tidying Up, it’s a fun diversion. I will admit it is also inspirational to go through that closet you've been ignoring.

> Another weird thing has been happening, says Susan, who works the front desk: People have been thanking their objects before giving them away. She rolls her eyes.

It’s pretty amazing that could be driving a surge in donations.
29 days ago
Windows, Kubernetes & Azure.pdf - Google Drive
Interesting slides with some pretty bad instances of Azure problems.
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29 days ago
The books I read in 2018 - Signal v. Noise
I like reading peoples reading lists. It’s good inspiration for my own reading.
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29 days ago
Jessie Frazelle's Blog: For the Love of Pipes
When you see technical people hammering away on a Unix prompt and wonder "Why don't they do that with a fancy graphical thing? It’s 2019 after all." this explainer is a good answer to why.
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29 days ago
Talking sense about acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations, and neologisms - without bullshit
The technology industry has to be one of the most severely acronym'd industries out there.

> Abbreviations, initialisms, acronyms, and neologisms are jargon. You want to keep the density of jargon in your writing low to make it as readable as possible. Writing full of unfamiliar jargon is a struggle to parse, and perpetuates the curse of knowledge.

It would do us well to use less of them.
29 days ago
Introducing the Redesigned Twilio Status Page - Twilio
Nice work on their status page and accurately reflecting the dependencies they have on external network providers.
29 days ago
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