👓 Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward | The Intercept

Read Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward by Lee Fang (The Intercept)
JUST AS THE HOUSE Republican bill to slash much of the Affordable Care Act moved forward, Rep. Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican and member of Speaker Paul Ryan’s leadership team, added a health insurance company to his portfolio.

Aren’t there ethics rules to cover nonsense like this?

👓 How to Talk to Famous Professors | The Chronicle

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A cheat sheet for making a potential contact without gushing or embarrassing yourself.

Most people just wanted to be treated like people…

👓 Carrie Fisher’s final assets revealed, Billie Lourd named beneficiary of the estate | Entertainment Weekly

Read Carrie Fisher's final assets revealed, Billie Lourd named beneficiary of the estate by Mike Miller (Entertainment Weekly)
The Star Wars actress’s assets, outlined in court documents obtained by PEOPLE, include several bank accounts, a 2016 Tesla S, full ownership of several LLCs, and a life insurance policy. Personal and household belongings like jewelry, artwork, and collectibles will also go to Lourd, Fisher’s only child from her relationship with talent executive Bryan Lourd.

👓 SoundCloud, Which Rose to Stardom on Indie Talent, Lays Off 173 | NYTimes

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The layoffs cut the streaming music site’s work force by about 40 percent and could be a way to make it more attractive to a buyer.

Yet another reminder to own your own data and have your own website. Exporting and hosting all this data won’t be easy and if it goes under, it’s a huge hole in the internet.

👓 A Former Politico Editor Is Using Ethereum to Help Fix Journalism | CoinDesk

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A new project staffed with media heavyweights envisions how news outlets could be disrupted and decentralized by blockchain tech.

👓 Media Companies Are Getting Sick of Facebook | Bloomberg

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News outlets are complaining about Facebook’s terms for TV-quality videos meant to compete with YouTube.

👓 Some Trump supporters thought NPR tweeted ‘propaganda.’ It was the Declaration of Independence. | Washington Post

Read Some Trump supporters thought NPR tweeted ‘propaganda.’ It was the Declaration of Independence. by Amy B. Wang (Washington Post)
Some Twitter users reacted angrily to the thread, accusing NPR of spamming them or pushing an agenda.

HA!

👓 Meet the Authors of a Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age | IEEE Spectrum

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Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman wrote the first biography of the digital pioneer

👓 How to See What the Internet Knows About You (And How to Stop It) | New York Times

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Welcome to the second edition of the Smarter Living newsletter.

👓 Owner of Frederick Douglass property incorporates Baltimore history, African-American artwork to continue abolitionist’s legacy | Baltimore Sun

Read Owner of Frederick Douglass property incorporates Baltimore history, African-American artwork to continue abolitionist's legacy by Brittany Britto (Baltimore Sun)
After years of living away from his native Baltimore, Gregory Morton was looking for a hometown haven. Little did he know that his search would lead to a property so filled with history that he would be proud to share it with the world. Today, home for the 35-year-old Morton is 524 S. Dallas St. in Fells Point — one of five alley houses on the street that abolitionist Frederick Douglass had built in the 1890s. Douglass, who was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore and went on to become a world-renowned orator, author and newspaper editor, built the homes as rental properties for African-Americans, according to the Maryland Historical Trust.

👓 IndieWeb Summit 2017 Wrap-Up! | Aaron Parecki

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Thanks to everyone for coming to IndieWeb Summit 2017! We had a fantastic and productive weekend! This year was the best documented IndieWeb event yet! Thanks to everyone who contributed to documenting the sessions and demos! Saturday We started off with a few keynotes, videos of which you can find ...

👓 Last weekend, I (remotely) attended the IndieWeb Summit in Portland | licit.li

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Last weekend, I (remotely) attended the IndieWeb Summit in Portland. I am still processing everything that has been said, and reading back through the sessions I missed. They have all been uploaded to YouTube, so you could be doing the same! That said, here are some take-aways:

👓 Thoughts on Audrey Watters’ “Thoughts on Annotation” | Jon Udell

Read Thoughts on Audrey Watters’ “Thoughts on Annotation” by Jon UdellJon Udell (Jon Udell)
Back in April, Audrey Watters’ decided to block annotation on her website. I understand why. When we project our identities online, our personal sites become extensions of our homes. To some online writers, annotation overlays can feel like graffiti. How can we respect their wishes while enabling ...

👓 Using Custom Fields with PressForward and WordPress | PressForward

Read Using Custom Fields with PressForward and WordPress by Amanda Regan
One of the questions that the PressForward team gets repeatedly is how publications can use custom fields to automatically print data about a post once it is published. Publications often wish to display a generic name, such as “The Editors,” on a post rather than the name of the user who published the post. On Digital Humanities Now we use custom fields to store the names of our Editors-at-Large for the week a piece is featured as well as the name of the Editor-in-Chief for that week.

👓 More Thoughts on Annotations | Audrey Watters

Read More Thoughts on Annotations by Audrey WattersAudrey Watters (Audrey Watters)

It’s been well over a month since I blocked annotations (Hypothesis and Genius) on my websites. I’m a little taken aback that some folks are still muttering about it. Perhaps I need to restate a couple of things:

  • You can still annotate my work. Just not on my websites.
  • My work here and on Hack Education is openly licensed. As long as you follow that license – CC BY NC SA – you can copy and redistribute my articles without my permission.
  • The CC license on my work also means you can post my articles in another file format or medium – that is, they needn’t stay in HTML. You can publish my articles as PDFs. You can hit “print.”

Some important things about control of one’s own website here. She doesn’t say it, but having one as a platform is a means of self-distributing one’s own work. It shouldn’t also necessarily mean distributing someone else’s and amplifying their voice too.