The Verge: The Day the Good Internet Died. “Logging on feels like participating in the setup to a Yogi Berra 2.0 ‘terrible food, and such small portions!’–style joke—except that the punch line is about, like, public health statistics instead of prime rib. In the past week alone, the president of the United States and Facebook, each citing the tech company’s handling of pandemic info, have bickered publicly about, oh, just Facebook’s ratio of murderousness to societal benefit. (In other news, there’s a new Space Jam movie out with a villain who is an evil computer named ‘Al-G Rhythm.’)”
NewsBlur Blog: Redesigning NewsBlur on the web, iOS, and Android. “This past year we’ve focused on maintenance and improving quality behind the scenes. It just so happens that the urge to clean is so strong that this work extended to the front-end. After months of work, today we’re launching a redesigned NewsBlur for all three platforms: on the web, on iOS, and on Android.” I have been a happy, full-freight-paying customer of NewsBlur for many years. Their new design was rough on my eyes as there wasn’t much contrast between the text and background, but after I tagged them on Twitter they gave me a bit of CSS to fix it and showed me in the preferences where to install it. Now everything’s great. I LOVE NewsBlur.
The Record: Hacker wipes database of NewsBlur RSS reader. “A hacker has wiped the database of NewsBlur, a popular web-based RSS reader, and demanded a ransom payment from the company in exchange for access to its original data. The incident, which took place earlier today, has already been resolved after the NewsBlur staff restored to a previous backup they had on hand by chance.”
9to5 Mac: NetNewsWire for iPhone and iPad adds iCloud sync, Twitter and Reddit integration, more. “NetNewsWire is one of the most powerful RSS readers for iPhone and iPad, and it’s getting even better with a new update rolling out today. NetNewsWire 6 is now available on the App Store with new features including iCloud syncing, home screen widgets, and more.”
Engadget: Vivaldi adds mail, calendar, RSS and translation tools to its privacy-focused browser. “Vivaldi has released a major update for its eponymous web browser for privacy-minded power users. Version 4.0 bring with it a translation tool, along with beta versions of Vivaldi Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader. The update is available now on Windows, Mac and Linux and Android devices.”
Lifehacker: How to Try Google’s Experimental New RSS Feature in Chrome Canary. “Google is testing an experimental RSS-based ‘Follow’ feature in Chrome Canary on Android. Google says the feature is only an ‘experiment’ for now and will decide whether to implement the feature publicly based on user and developer feedback, but this seems like good news for RSS lovers like me.” I’d rather Google Reader came back, to be honest.
TechCrunch: Google’s FeedBurner moves to a new infrastructure but loses its email subscription service
TechCrunch: Google’s FeedBurner moves to a new infrastructure but loses its email subscription service . “Google today announced that it is moving FeedBurner to a new infrastructure but also deprecating its email subscription service. If you’re an internet user of a certain age, chances are you used Google’s FeedBurner to manage the RSS feeds of your personal blogs and early podcasts at some point. During the Web 2.0 era, it was the de facto standard for feed management and analytics, after all. Founded in 2004, with Dick Costolo as one of its co-founders (before he became Twitter’s CEO in 2010), it was acquired by Google in 2007.” There are still about 2000 of y’all who read ResearchBuzz via FeedBurner. I will be exporting the subscriber list and contacting you directly.
Inoreader: Convert Almost Any Webpage Into RSS Feed With Inoreader’s Web Feeds. “Whenever you see a web page with a series of updates, be it news articles, blog posts, classifieds, product updates, weather alerts, practically any series of HTML links, Inoreader should be able to present it as an RSS feed. This feed will then be continuously updated, and any new links added to the list will pop up as articles inside Inoreader. Just like any regular feed.”
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.
Inoreader Blog: Inoreader v13 is Here With Improved Looks and New Features!. “Today we are releasing our brand UI redesign, which aims to bring this missing coherence in the user interface and generally make Inoreader a more pleasant place for everyone. It’s the result of months of prototyping, user testing and even a full-blown interim version using a completely different frontend framework. There are also brand new features, that we will cover in greater detail in subsequent posts.” There’s an email newsletter feature in here I really want to get into…
Dan McKinley: Google Reader Killed RSS. “I miss the RSS world of the early 2000’s as much as anyone. I miss it almost as much as I miss McCarren Pool having no water in it and new Spoon albums sounding fresh. This is why I feel compelled to point out that those mourning Google Reader are forgetting that it was actually responsible for ruining the whole thing.” Not sure I agree with this entirely but it’s a developer perspective I had not considered. Interesting read.