The Verge: The dream of the ‘00s lives on in gossip blogs

The Verge: The dream of the ‘00s lives on in gossip blogs. “Mostly, the internet is worse now than it was 20 years ago — but at least it looks better. Now that ‘going online’ is more often a job than a hobby, the internet looks appropriately sleek to match: by adults and for adults, by professionals and for professionals. Platforms have different personalities, from the cutesy quirk of Etsy to the clean, friendly usability of Slack. But, in general, if a website is popular, if it is large enough to be the primary income source for its creators, it is both navigable and beautiful in a minimalist, Scandinavian-boutique-hotel sort of way. The look of a website is intentional and made by a well-paid committee. Very little about the internet’s appearance, short of a bug quickly remedied, is an accident.”

Liveblog: All the news from Apple’s “more in the making” Brooklyn event (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Liveblog: All the news from Apple’s “more in the making” Brooklyn event. “At 10am EDT (7am PDT, 2pm GMT) on Tuesday, October 30, Apple will host another live event to announce new products. We’re expecting new iPad Pro models and maybe new Macs—but you never know what surprises might be in store. We’ll be liveblogging the event right here, so come back for the latest news when the event begins.”

TechCrunch: Facebook launches ‘Hunt for False News’ debunk blog as fakery drops 50%

TechCrunch:
Facebook launches ‘Hunt for False News’ debunk blog as fakery drops 50%
. “Facebook hopes detailing concrete examples of fake news it’s caught — or missed — could improve news literacy, or at least prove it’s attacking the misinformation problem. Today Facebook launched ‘The Hunt for False News,’ in which it examines viral B.S., relays the decisions of its third-party fact-checkers and explains how the story was tracked down. The first edition reveals cases where false captions were put on old videos, people were wrongfully identified as perpetrators of crimes or real facts were massively exaggerated.”

The Copyblogger Guide to the Best WordPress Tools: Hosting, Themes, Plugins, SEO, Security, and More (Copyblogger)

Copyblogger: The Copyblogger Guide to the Best WordPress Tools: Hosting, Themes, Plugins, SEO, Security, and More. “Copyblogger launched on WordPress. Copyblogger principal Brian Gardner started the entire WordPress premium market back in 2007, and Copyblogger founder Brian Clark popularized the first premium design framework in 2008. With this foundational expertise, Copyblogger knows WordPress as well as anyone. We know which hosts, themes, and plugins you should trust to power your website — and which ones you shouldn’t.”

The Register: Couldn’t give a fsck about patching? Well, that’s your WordPress website pwned, then

The Register: Couldn’t give a fsck about patching? Well, that’s your WordPress website pwned, then. “Website admins are urged to update their WordPress installations as soon as possible to the latest version following a rash of attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities in the web publishing software. Researchers at Malwarebytes say miscreants don’t appear to be targeting any one specific bug, but rather a full array of flaws in older versions of WordPress and its various plugins.”

Library of Congress: Science Blogs Web Archive

Library of Congress: Science Blogs Web Archive. “This guest post is an interview with Lisa Massengale, Head of the Science Reference Section, with contributions by the Web Archive’s creator Jennifer Harbster, a Science Reference and Research Specialist for the Science, Technology and Business Division from Oct. 2001- Dec. 2015. Along with her reference duties for the Library’s Science Reference Service, she created Everyday Mysteries an online collection of fun and scientifically interesting questions and answers about everyday phenomena. Jennifer is the author of the Saving Science Blogs which provides additional information about the collection.”

ProBlogger: Everything You Need to Know About Inserting and Editing Images in WordPress

ProBlogger: Everything You Need to Know About Inserting and Editing Images in WordPress. “While there’s no absolute rule that bloggers need to include images, most bloggers will include at least one eye-catching image in each post (normally at or very near the start). However, it’s easy to make mistakes with images. We’ve already covered how to obtain images legally so you don’t accidentally infringe on someone’s copyright. But in today’s post, I want to go through the process of uploading and inserting images.”