Linked List Archive

Twitter Purchase on Hold Pending Investigation Into Spam Bots ➝

Cindy Harper, writing for Reclaim the Net:

Elon Musk’s bid for Twitter is currently “on hold,” the Tesla CEO announced on the platform, while an investigation takes place to determine the number of bots/spam accounts represented on the platform.

In a filing this month, Twitter alleged that less than 5% of its daily active users were fake or spam accounts.

Musk appears to want to ensure that this is indeed accurate.

How wild would it be if a significant portion of Twitter’s user base is just spam and bot accounts and they’ve been lying about it to investors?

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The Apple Services Experience Is Not Good Enough ➝

Michael Tsai:

The services apps are all frustrating to use. In may ways, they feel worse than Web apps. I cannot believe how Apple has let them regress so much. I miss iTunes from 15 years ago.

I maintain an old Mac Mini that runs El Capitan and an even older iMac that runs Snow Leopard. iTunes is so much better on those older machines than the current state of the TV app, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts.

My current pet peeve is the Podcast app’s lack of OPML export or import. What a terrible, user-hostile omission.

I was recently trying to export my subscriptions from Pocket Casts and import them into Apple Podcasts so I could use the Apple TV app to more conveniently playback video podcasts. But, no dice. There’s no way to just import an OPML file. I would have to go through and manually subscribe to every single podcast. I’m not going to do that over a hundred podcasts.

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Apple Discontinues iPod Touch ➝

They’ve finally discontinued the last iPod. It’s the end of an era.

Although I haven’t used an iPod regularly since I bought an iPhone in 2007, I still have an incredible affinity for it. I gifted an iPod touch to my father-in-law, which was his first introduction to personal computing. And the fifth-generation iPod is one of the best gadgets of all time.

I used an iPod to listen to my favorite bands in high school. I spent thousands of hours listening to podcasts on an iPod. And before the Apple TV was released, I used an iPod to power the living room TV in my first apartment — for TV shows, movies, and video podcasts.

It’s a shame there isn’t enough of a market for it anymore.

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Every ISP in the US Has Been Ordered to Block Three Pirate Streaming Services ➝

I expect we’ll see more of this in the future. And I’m not convinced it’ll stop at just piracy-related sites.

(Via Michael Tsai.)

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IndieWebify.Me ➝

I recently did a bit of tinkering with my homepage,, which is built on LittleLink. I added my profile and generally did a bit of tidying to reduce the number of requests when loading the page.

Along the way, I was reminded of IndieWebify.Me and decided to implement some h-card markup as well. This service lets you validate your markup and makes recommendations of additional tags to add. If you’re looking to add support for microformats2, this is such a great resource.

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Department of Homeland Security Introduces ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ ➝

Dan Frieth, writing for Reclaim the Net:

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the formation of the board to the House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee on Wednesday, saying: “Our Undersecretary for Policy, Rob Silvers is co-chair with our Principal Deputy General Counsel, Jennifer Gaskell, in leading a just recently constituted misinformation disinformation governance board. So we’re bringing – the goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat.”

Mayorkas said that the new board would fall under the Biden’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and it would have no authority to crack down on disinformation directly and will instead funnel funds to various causes it thinks are impacted by disinformation.

Nina Jankovicz, the woman named as head of the board, made public statements in 2020 that indicate that she “would never want to see the executive branch have these sorts of powers.” And yet, here we are.

We should never give our government powers that we wouldn’t want our opposition party to have access to. I always try to think of government initiatives through that lens because your preferred representative isn’t always going to win elections.

The bottom line is, this is an absolutely awful idea. And feels like a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt to subvert the first amendment.

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European Union Joins Mastodon Social Network ➝

I can’t imagine ever following anyone on an instance like this, but I’m glad it exists. Other countries should follow suit.

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Hello to All the New Mastodon Users ➝

Michael Harley, welcoming all the newcomers to Mastodon:

I hope everyone coming over to give it a try can give it an honest try. While the two microblogging platforms have similarities, I think people are better served to think of Mastodon as it’s own thing and not just “not Twitter”.

I remember really struggling to find interesting people to follow when I first started and that was probably the hardest part for my own transition. So, I want to share some of my favorite people to follow on Mastodon.

It’s a great list of folks.

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