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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter announces a “continue thread” option, a new feature that links tweets together while they are being composed — Twitter is rolling out a new feature that makes it easier to thread multiple tweets together. With this change, you can now link tweets together while you compose them.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
In a letter, the House Oversight Committee asks Amazon about Ring's partnerships with governments and police depts. and Ring's policies regarding collected data — Congress is knocking on Amazon's door with questions about its video doorbell company, Ring, and the hundreds of police partnerships Ring has built over the last two years.
Cynthia Koons / Bloomberg:
Family planning telehealth startup Maven raises $45M Series C from Icon Ventures, Sequoia, others, and launched its Wallet service to manage benefits this year — Family-planning benefits are often difficult to navigate. A tech company is trying to change that.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Home addresses and other data of 10.6M+ guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels before 2018, including Jack Dorsey, were posted on a hacking forum this week — MGM Resorts said security incident took place last summer and notified impacted guests last year.
Christine Negroni / New York Times:
Current US air traffic systems are ill equipped to deal with the coming surges in air congestion from drones and urban air mobility vehicles — As aviation technology becomes more integrated into everyday life, providers of new services brace for the unknown.
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
Profile of neobank Chime, which has 8M accounts, is reportedly valued at $5.8B, and will soon offer 1.6% interest on savings, compared to industry average of 1% — In Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are making big bets that the future of banking is digital …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
An in-depth look at Samsung's Ultra Thin Glass, used on the Galaxy Z Flip: how its thinness allows it to fold but requires a plastic protective layer — On February 11th, 2020, Samsung introduced the world's first folding glass phone: the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung declared that it had broken …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Documents: US EEOC is investigating Google's alleged discrimination against Chelsey Glasson, an employee who wrote publicly about her treatment while pregnant — - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened an investigation into a former Google employee's pregnancy discrimination case, CNBC has learned.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Sources: following Brexit, Google plans to move UK user accounts out of EU's jurisdiction and into the US', where privacy protections are weaker — SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Inside the FBI's complaint against two ex-Twitter employees who allegedly accessed personal info of thousands of users on behalf of Saudi Arabia for $300K+ — Ali Alzabarah was panicked. His heart raced as he drove home from Twitter's San Francisco headquarters in the early evening on Dec. 2, 2015.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish's Sling TV now has 2.5M subscribers, losing 94,000 in Q4, the first time it lost subscribers since its 2015 launch — Dish Network continued to feel the cord-cutting sting in the fourth quarter of 2019: While its total subscriber losses in the period were not as bad as the year earlier …
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:
Larry Tesler, an influential figure at Xerox PARC and Apple who coined “cut, copy, paste” and advocated for modeless computing, has died at 74 — The advent of the personal computer wasn't just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making …
Chess has seen rapid viewership growth on Twitch, with time spent watching rising by 500% since 2016, fostering a new culture in a previously staid domain — Grandmasters and upstarts are reinventing the game online, becoming its most visible ambassadors and arguably its first entertainers.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's decisions around influencers' ads made for politicians, like exempting them from its Ads Library, seem inconsistent with the aim of earlier policies — And yet they're still better than what some governments are proposing — Over the weekend, a familiar debate broke out over a Facebook policy decision.
Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
Android 11 boosts privacy with temporary app permissions, like “Allow Once” option in iOS, and requiring apps use Scoped Storage API, despite developer backlash — Ahead of schedule, Google today released the first Developer Preview of the next version of the Android OS: Android 11.
Honestly, either Klobuchar or Warren are more attractive than the others. I would definitely go with Klobuchar, still.
I don't want to say anything bad about the others.
Choosing a candidate to me has nothing to do with judging the morals of the person. I have no insight into that. These "people" are images of people, not real.
You're selling a mirror to voters. It's imperfect. But when they look in the mirror do they like what it says about themselves.
I liked looking into the Obama mirror. It says to me "we've accomplished something in my lifetime."
When I looked at HRC, I saw some level of competence, but mostly "NOT TRUMP."
Why I like Klobuchar is what I see is "This is America." A compromise with the other half of the country. I think enough of us can agree that this is America, for now, that we might be able to restore the rule of law.
I honestly don't think most people get how deep in the hole we are now. We'd make a better decision if we were.
PS: I used this post to test my outline-tweeting code.
Put the cursor on a headline.
Click on the tweet icon.
We confirm you want to post X tweets.
- First we make sure none of them are too long.
- If so, we report that instead of confirming. We move the cursor to the offending headline.
LO2 visits all the subs and tweets them, in a thread. All linked in a reply chain starting with the first one.
- We strip any markup from the text. So don't bother boldfacing items or linking. It'll all be gone as it's sent to Twitter.
- Ignore commented lines and their subs.
How threading works
- The first item tweeted is in reply to nothing.
- The second is in reply to the first.
- The third in reply to the second.
- The Nth in reply to the (N-1)th.
Will people use this? I don't know, but it's worth a try. Let's see what happens.