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Joshua Rivera / Kotaku:
Video game industry is coming under increased pressure from static triple-A prices, a turn towards the cloud, developer burnout, and slower release schedules  —  At about this time next year, we'll have a pretty good idea of what the next generation of video games will look like.










Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
As streaming offerings get more expensive and convoluted, people are setting up their own platforms via Plex servers to share media, including pirated content  —  Have you heard about the best new streaming platform on the internet?  It's totally customizable, works on any device, and, best of all, is basically free.










Patrick Klepek / VICE:
Nintendo memo tells customer service to fix a Joy-Con in-game “drift” issue for free, even out of warranty, following a Kotaku report and a class-action lawsuit  —  The company will repair devices free of charge, even outside of the warranty period.  —  IMAGE COURTESY OF NINTENDO





Will Oremus / OneZero:
How programmer and artist Ben Grosser's 2012 idea to “demetricate” social media platforms has influenced companies to experiment with hiding visible metrics  —  Instagram and Twitter are removing the numbers of likes and retweets from public view.  But it began with a man named Ben Grosser.



Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Interviews, including with the dev who led the team that built the retweet button, discuss the power of retweets and shares and ways to limit their virality  —  Developer Chris Wetherell built Twitter's retweet button.  And he regrets what he did to this day.




Kellen / Droid Life:
Google Store page updates the availability of the Google Nest Hub Max, its $229 10-inch smart display, from 9/9 in the US, UK, and Australia to “coming soon”  —  Google's new Nest Hub Max arrives on September 9, folks.  That date has now been confirmed by the Google Store …


Bloomberg:
Filings: Apple has asked the Trump administration for exclusion from import tariffs of 25% for components of a computer that is likely to be the new Mac Pro  —  - Trump has promised relief for companies in certain cases  — High-end computer was only major Apple product made in U.S.




Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google bans root certificates owned by DarkMatter from Chrome and Android; Mozilla declined to include DarkMatter certificates in Firefox earlier this month  —  Mozilla previously banned DarkMatter certificates from Firefox at the start of the month.  —  A Google representative announced today plans …



Facebook AI:
Facebook details Map With AI, a set of tools that maps previously unmapped places, many in the developing world, using commercially available satellite imagery  —  Creating accurate maps today is a painstaking, time-consuming manual process, even with access to satellite imagery and mapping software.




Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
DOJ is opening an antitrust review of whether tech giants are unlawfully stifling competition, examining search, social media, and retail services platforms  —  Inquiry signals Barr's deep interest in tech sector, poses threat to companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple





Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $388M, up 48% YoY, vs. $359.7M est., DAUs of 203M, up 8% YoY, and that its net loss shrunk from $353M to $255M YoY; stock jumps 9%+  —  KEY POINTS  — Snap, the maker of Snapchat, posted a loss of 6 cents per share, vs. an expected loss of 10 cents per share.


Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researchers gained access to internal corporate networks of Uber and Twitter after finding flaws in VPN apps of Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, and Pulse Secure  —  Researchers have found several security flaws in popular corporate VPNs which they say can be used to silently break into company networks and steal business secrets.




Bloomberg:
Sources: Huawei's first-half YoY revenue growth was 30%, a slowdown from 39% in just Q1 but still impressive given US technology export restrictions  —  - It's said to have grown revenue roughly 30% in the first half  — Huawei still on war footing despite averting immediate crisis







Diana Olick / CNBC:
Amazon partners with Realogy to offer TurnKey, which connects homebuyers with Realogy agents; with each purchase, customers get $5K in free Amazon home services  —  KEY POINTS  — Realogy and Amazon will now offer TurnKey, a program that takes potential homebuyers through the Amazon portal and connects them to a Realogy agent.


Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
CERT-Bund discovers a serious vulnerability in VLC for Windows, Unix, and Linux that allows for remote code execution and hasn't been patched yet  —  The bug is present in VLC's latest release.  —  A serious vulnerability has been uncovered in the latest release of the VLC media player and no patch is available.





















Here's a list of files that were updated to fix broken links. Under each item is a list of changes. The top items are the original links, the sub-item for each is the link it was replaced with.

  • bitTorrent.html
    • http://bitconjurer.org/BitTorrent/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20030206052319/http://bitconjurer.org/BitTorrent/
    • https://cyber.harvard.edu/rss/payloadsforrss.html
      • https://cyber.harvard.edu/rss/payloadsForRss.html
    • http://www.legaltorrents.com/rss.xml
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040803024411/http://www.legaltorrents.com/rss.xml
    • http://radio.weblogs.com/0001014/2003/10/12.html#a4604
      • http://radio-weblogs.com/0001014/2003/10/12.html#a4604
    • http://www.feedster.com/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20050124014803/http://www.feedster.com/
  • currentBoard.html
    • http://live.curry.com/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040707085350/http://live.curry.com/
    • http://www.curry.com/stories/storyReader$27
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20030207142041/http://www.curry.com/stories/storyReader$27
    • http://www.12inches.nl/decibel.html
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20050216124000/http://www.12inches.nl/decibel.html
    • http://live.curry.com/scanlog/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040918084454/http://live.curry.com/scanlog/
    • http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=10377
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20041019004302/http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=10377
    • http://www.thetwowayweb.com/payloadsforrss
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040621044720/https://thetwowayweb.com/payloadsforrss
    • http://www.sbsonline.nl/modules.php?name=radioprogramma&site=ookgoeiemorgen&sid=1
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20031125012037/http://radioveronica.nl/
    • http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggerCon/discuss/msgReader$1119?mode=topic&y=2004&m=4&d=30
      • http://bloggercon.scripting.com/2004/04/09.html
  • enclosuresAggregators.html
    • https://cyber.harvard.edu/rss/payloadsforrss.html
      • https://cyber.harvard.edu/rss/payloadsForRss.html
    • http://live.curry.com/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040707085350/http://live.curry.com/
  • howChannelDeanCameToBe.html
    • http://iowa.deanforamerica.com/node/view/1932
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040109093208/http://iowa.deanforamerica.com/node/view/1932
    • http://xml.deanforamerica.com/channelDean.xml
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040805114237/http://xml.deanforamerica.com/channelDean.xml
    • http://www.deanforamerica.com/channeldean/faq/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040120233945/http://www.deanforamerica.com/channeldean/faq/
  • mediaPostArticleReview.html
    • http://www.mediapost.com/dtls_dsp_news.cfm?newsId=245798
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040819213941/http://www.mediapost.com/dtls_dsp_news.cfm?newsId=245798
  • myPublicFeedsOpml.html
    • http://www.weblogs.com/changes.xml
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20091025131341/http://oldweblogscomblog.scripting.com/changesXml
    • http://www.opml.org/spec
      • http://dev.opml.org/spec1.html
  • relativeURI.html
    • http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040202052733/http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/
  • rss.html
    • http://asg.web.cmu.edu/rfc/rfc822.html
      • https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc822.txt
    • http://www.gnutellanews.com/information/what_is_gnutella.shtml
      • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnutella
    • https://thetwowayweb.com/payloadsforrss
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040621044720/https://thetwowayweb.com/payloadsforrss
  • rssChangeNotes.html
    • http://www.rssquotes.com/blog/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040605034929/http://www.rssquotes.com/blog/
    • http://www.rssquotes.com/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040607070931/http://www.rssquotes.com/
    • http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/stories/storyReader$12
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040220153447/http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/stories/storyReader$12
    • http://simon.incutio.com/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040615065633/http://simon.incutio.com/
  • rssVersionHistory.html
    • http://www.purplepages.ie/RSS/netscape/rss0.90.html
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040404041317/http://www.purplepages.ie/RSS/netscape/rss0.90.html
    • http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3_80051
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20041019050503/http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3_80051
    • http://my.netscape.com/publish/formats/rss-spec-0.91.html
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040402071322/http://my.netscape.com/publish/formats/rss-spec-0.91.html
    • http://xmlrpc.scripting.com/metaWeblogApi
      • http://xmlrpc.scripting.com/metaWeblogApi.html
  • soapMeetsRss.html
    • http://macros.userland.com/basic/viewRssBox
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20010302134837/http://macros.userland.com/basic/viewRssBox
    • http://radio.weblogs.com/0001015/rss.xml
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20040607125801/http://radio.weblogs.com/0001015/rss.xml
  • toplevelNamespace.html
    • http://feeds.archive.org/validator/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20030801082250/http://feeds.archive.org/validator/
  • weblogComments.html
    • http://www.docuverse.com/blog/donpark/
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20030603202930/http://www.docuverse.com/blog/donpark/
    • http://www.docuverse.com/blog/donpark/rss.xml
      • https://web.archive.org/web/20030412021443/http://www.docuverse.com/blog/donpark/rss.xml

Other changes

  • Did a global replace of \r with \n. This meant I could edit the HTML source in a source code editor.
  • Fixed the link to the background image, and made it HTTPS-friendly.
  • Fixed the inclusion of urchin.js so it was HTTPS-friendly.



When you say boomers suck remember it was a boomer who sold you the iPhone that you tweeted that on.

I'm sorry when I hear Boris on the news my mind immediately snaps to Yeltsin, not Johnson. I wonder if the Brits thought that through.


An idea for Twitter. I'd like to see a list of referring tweets ranked by the number of views they generated. In aggregate and by tweet. That way I'd know who to thank for helping increase the reach of my rants.



All right I like the new Twitter design. Lots of white space. I wish it was designed around live video though. So when you tune in tomorrow it would show the Mueller hearings live. A throwback to a time when everyone watched the same TV live.






















Jenny Levine's blog is still at its original address.



Nick Bradbury's blog is still at its original address.




Andrew Grumet's blog is still at its original address. Not surprising. ;-)

Radio UserLand, before it was a blogging tool and RSS aggregator, was the "Programming environment for music on the Internet." It didn't take off, so we pivoted. Same codebase, very different application.

Susan Collins is disappointed, and dismayed.





This project gives an idea of how important archive.org is going to be to web restorations. Their snapshots are invaluable. Most sites are very temporary things. A great example, I did a project with Jim Moore and Nicco Mele at the Dean campaign in January 2004, an aggregate of a lot of the Dean blogs in RSS format. The Dean campaign was a seminal event in the bootstrap of political blogging. Dean was the first "Web Candidate," certainly not the last. All the websites that the Dean people started are gone today, including the project I did with them, but they're all there on archive.org, so I was able to do a decent restoration of that project. (Note the updated links are not present on the site yet.)

I'll probably continue to post notes here as I go along. There were two crucial broken links on the home page of the spec: 1. RFC 822, and 2. Payloads for RSS, both of which are integral to the format. I tried to find a solid link to the RFC that would stand the test of time. And I discovered that I had copied the Payloads doc, which was originally on a domain that I let go, to the RSS site. So I'm going to use that link, instead of an archive.org link.

I'm doing an interesting project, reviewing all the top-level pages on the RSS 2.0 spec, checking every link to see if it's broken. For those that are, I try to come up with a suitable replacement, usually the archive.org snapshot taken around the time the page was written. If it isn't broken I don't do anything. Here's an OPML file with all the links I've found. Most of the external links are gone, but there are some surprises, sites that have been well-preserved, for example Jeremy Zawodny's. I just came across a link to the first podcast feed, it's still there. I'm not sure how, but it is. This is a restoration project, started because there was breakage caused by the move to HTTPS on the server. That breakage has been fixed. I also changed the line-endings from carriage-return to linefeed, which now is the almost-universal standard. At the time, 2003, it was still kind of muddy. As a result you can now read the source of the pages in a current browser. The site is a relic. It's a good idea to fix the broken links every 15 years or so. 💥