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Updates to the Android app and a new addition to the team

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Today we have a nice update, version 9.0, of the Android app that includes a rewrite of the story management backend as well as fixes for some critical display issues.

Here’s the full list of changes for version 9.0:

  • Fixes black background for stories while reading with the Light theme.
  • Total rewrite of the backend story management platform. This fixes the oldest issues known in story paging and scroll state. The story rivers should now act like dynamic views instead of static lists.
  • New feature: renaming feeds directly in the app.
  • Improved messaging and display behavior for the original text view.
  • Fixes for the dark theme’s menu color.
  • Many other bug fixes and performance tweaks.

I’d also like to introduce our newest developer, Caleb Allen.

Caleb will be working on the Android app. Our Android developer Daniel spent the last 5 years with us working many, many versions of the NewsBlur app. I want to thank Daniel for his years of service and we wish him well on his next adventure. And here’s hoping for many fruitful years with Caleb!

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Can I haz Material UI?
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Philosophy Job Interview

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This is exactly how interviews go for philosophy professors and no one can convince me otherwise.
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Your rapper name is…

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YO, LIL’ CHICKEN-CHEESE EMPANADA IN THA HIZZAY!

Thanks to Meryle for the find!

The post Your rapper name is… appeared first on The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.

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Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union

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Anton Troynikov:

  • Waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality.
  • Promises of colonizing the solar system while you toil in drudgery day in, day out.
  • Living five adults to a two room apartment.
  • Being told you are constructing utopia while the system crumbles around you.
  • 'Totally not illegal taxi' taxis by private citizens moonlighting to make ends meet.
  • Everything slaved to the needs of the military-industrial complex.
  • Mandatory workplace political education.
  • Productivity largely falsified to satisfy appearance of sponsoring elites.
  • Deviation from mainstream narrative carries heavy social and political consequences.
  • Networked computers exist but they're really bad.
  • Henry Kissinger visits sometimes for some reason.
  • Elite power struggles result in massive collateral damage, sometimes purges.
  • Failures are bizarrely upheld as triumphs.
  • Otherwise extremely intelligent people just turning the crank because it's the only way to get ahead.
  • The plight of the working class is discussed mainly by people who do no work.
  • The United States as a whole is depicted as evil by default.
  • The currency most people are talking about is fake and worthless.
  • The economy is centrally planned, using opaque algorithms not fully understood by their users.

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Skype goes all Snapchat with Highlights, its own riff on Stories

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In a bid to make Skype more social, Microsoft is launching a whole new generation of Skype clients. The big new feature? "Highlights," a way of publishing photos and videos so that your contacts can keep up with what's going on in your life. Highlights are more or less a replica of the Snapchat Story, a way of sharing time-limited pictures and videos to your contacts. It changes the client from being a strictly conversational application (with both one-to-one and group chats) into something that also offers a broadcast style.

While Microsoft's Skype messaging system is still regularly used by hundreds of millions of people, it's not the mindshare winner it once was. A range of mobile-oriented upstarts—including Kik, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger—have proliferated in the smartphone era. Skype initially struggled in this new world, with its peer-to-peer architecture making it a poor fit for a world where connectivity can be intermittent and conversations are expected to migrate between devices.

Over a number of years, Microsoft has moved Skype to a more conventional client-server architecture, using the opportunity to add useful features such as vastly improved file sharing and offline messaging. With this ground work finally done, the company has been developing a new client, internally named Skype for Life, to try to reconnect with this audience.

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This is becoming ridiculous. Next is stories in Visual Studio and Excel...
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The Kim Dotcom film: How to avoid a trial for 5 years and counting

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Enlarge / Kim Dotcom in his youth. (credit: Boris )

AUSTIN, Texas—I've been reading about the copyright saga of Kim Dotcom for years now, both on Ars and elsewhere. So I didn't think I'd have much more to learn when I went to watch the new documentary Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web by Annie Goldson. I was wrong.

More than a story about the Internet, more than a story about US law and copyright, Dotcom's story has become about New Zealand. The country's judges hold Dotcom's destiny in their hands. In an indirect way, New Zealand's citizens have weighed in as well, as Dotcom took the extraordinary measure of using politics and publicity to fight the US government.

His legal drama has dragged out for more than five years now. But the huge delay isn't a coincidence. Through the Dotcom case, New Zealanders are faced with a deep question: what kind of relationship do they want with the United States? Goldson's documentary, funded in part by the New Zealand Film Commission, makes a great contribution by putting the focus on the democratic and political contest rather than legal nitpicking.

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