👓 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.

👓 A stream-of-consciousness review of the Indie Web’s onboarding experience | Aaron Patterson

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This is my experience “indiewebifying” my personal WordPress site. A user test from a “Gen 1” UX guy who just heard about this stuff last week. Hopefully none of this comes across as too critical. I am REALLY impressed by what is already working.  This is my experience “indiewebifying” my personal WordPress site. A user test from a “Gen 1” UX guy who just heard about this stuff last week. Hopefully none...

👓 Gutenberg: First Impressions | Matt Cromwell

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Gutenberg is the future of content in WordPress. It will deliver the elegance of Medium but with far more power and flexibility of layouts and content types

👓 Richard MacManus | Dave Winer

Read An old friend: Richard MacManus by Dave Winer (Scripting News)
Richard is one of the old school bloggers. He started ReadWriteWeb in 2003. It started as a Radio UserLand project and grew into a leading tech publication, something which I'm personally proud of. # He has a new blog up and running. I've added it to my personal river here on Scripting News. He asks about where the blogrolls have gone, a topic I wrote about a couple of days ago. Richard would certainly be in my blogroll.#

👓 Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs | Stack Overflow Blog

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Do you use tabs or spaces for code indentation?

👓 Why May’s “Bloody Difficult” approach to Brexit Negotiations is so wrong | The Great British Moronathon

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This was originally posted on Twitter here: A re-written version is available here: UK in a Changing Europe and here: The New Statesman A rambling, disorganised thread on negotiations with the EU a…

👓 Getting granular with the claim that Trump is some media wizard | Press Think

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That our President is a master of media manipulation is a view commonly expressed by American journalists. I doubt it.

👓 The democratized social podcasting platform that never existed.

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One social place to record podcast audio, with any number of hosts, from anywhere in the world, on any device, for live audiences…and one place for that audio to live, for it to be listened to, curated and shared. Socially. It seemed obvious that just solving for existing podcasters was a waste of time. A democratized social podcasting platform implies, well, democracy. Besides, when it comes to podcasters; there aren’t very many of them, and they don’t have any money. So, we spent most of a year building it...

👓 Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say | Washington Post

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Mueller is interviewing senior intelligence officials as the Russia probe widens.

👓 Fox News Is Dropping Its ‘Fair & Balanced’ Slogan | NYMag

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It was too closely associated with Roger Ailes and had become a target for mockery, say insiders.

👓 James Mattis, a Warrior in Washington | New Yorker

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The former Marine Corps general spent four decades on the front lines. How will he lead the Department of Defense?
A long read to be sure, but some great in-depth background and some analysis to put the United States’ position in world affairs into perspective. Even better the writer has been following Mattis’ career for a while, so there’s better contextualization.

👓 Layoffs & Tumblr the Centipede | BlueChooChoo

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A hazy day for Tumblr. A shoe dropped. After a year of dancing around, the Yahoo (Tumblr owner)/Verizon deal closed. There were immediate layoffs across their new Frankenstein org, “Oath.” Some of these layoffs hit inside Tumblr, and that’s bad. In addition to the real life talented human beings impacted by these layoffs, the move is a warning and reminder- Tumblr is no longer in the protective purgatory of pre-Verizon Yahoo.
I know that bluechoochoo has hit the nail on the head when she previously saw people leaving Tumblr for Medium right before they pivoted this past January. Her prognostications on Tumblr are always worth reading.

👓 WordPress.com Announces New Importer for Medium Posts | WP Tavern

Read WordPress.com Announces New Importer for Medium Posts by Sarah Gooding (WP Tavern)
Medium started 2017 on uncertain footing, laying off a third of its staff in January after admitting that its ad-based business model was not working.