Popular Science: How to read the news without doom scrolling through social media

Popular Science: How to read the news without doom scrolling through social media. “Social media has plenty of uses—it allows us to stay in touch with our loved ones in spite of social distancing and keeps us informed of what’s going on out there in the world. But even in the best of times, these platforms can be a hell-pit, where relatives rant about the latest political activity and anonymous trolls and bots turn every headline into a hill to die on. It can seem hard to take time away from Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit if you want to stay on top of the latest news, but it doesn’t have to be. There are other ways to stay up to date on current events without relying on the hive mind. And you won’t be less-informed by using them.”

Inoreader Blog: Get Free Local COVID-19 Alerts with Inoreader

Inoreader Blog: Get Free Local COVID-19 Alerts with Inoreader. “We have combined 3 of our best Pro features together for a custom solution that will keep you updated about new cases in your region, new measures from local government bodies, and other critical updates. To begin just click the new orange notification in the sidebar.” Great resource if you’re looking for news in a country you’re unfamiliar with.

Coronavirus alerts: How to get news updates on your phone right now (CNET)

CNET: Coronavirus alerts: How to get news updates on your phone right now. “You can use sources such as Twitter, Google Alerts and your favorite news sites to receive updates and notifications about where the coronavirus is and what you can do to help keep yourself and your community safe. You can also sign up for text alerts to receive information about how many cases are in your area and what’s closing down, like schools and churches. Read on to learn how to set up for alerts about coronavirus developments.” Basics for most of y’all but might be useful for less tech-savvy people.

Hollywood Reporter: TVEyes Will No Longer Carry Fox News in Negotiated End to Big Copyright Fight

Hollywood Reporter: TVEyes Will No Longer Carry Fox News in Negotiated End to Big Copyright Fight. “Fox News has fully prevailed in a copyright lawsuit against TVEyes, a media monitoring service that allows its users to find and share clips of broadcast news. On Friday, Fox News informed a New York federal judge that it had reached a settlement with TVEyes, putting an end to the five-year-old case. As part of the deal, TVEyes has agreed to a permanent injunction and will no longer be permitted to carry copyrighted content from Fox News.”

Nieman Labs: The New York Times has shut down its customizable keyword email alerts feature ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Nieman Labs: The New York Times has shut down its customizable keyword email alerts feature ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. “The New York Times has sunset those custom email alerts to Times stories, that users could tailor based on keywords of their interests. The feature, which met its unceremonious end Tuesday, March 13, was being used by less than half a percent of users, according to a Times spokesperson. From the outside, it didn’t seem like MyAlerts was a huge technical lift to maintain, but ‘much of the technology powering MyAlerts was built in the early 2000s.’” Happily this functionality can be replicated in IFTTT.