I occasionally have people ask why I moved ResearchBuzz to WordPress.com, instead of continuing to host it on my own site. This article does a great job of explaining why – it’s by David Gerwitz and it’s called One of my sites got hacked, and it’s my own fault. I already have a full-time job, and do ResearchBuzz out of love. However, I want to spend my time finding and sharing cool site information with you, not keeping one step ahead of every WordPress vulnerability out there. Thus, moving the site to WordPress.com. It’s not free, and I do miss some of the options I had with a self-hosted WordPress install …. but it’s a big worry taken off my plate. LESS WORRIES ON PLATES!
The New Yorker is making changes to its paywall, but they won’t be ready until the fall. Starting July 21, it’s making all articles published since 2007 free for three months and after that introducting a new paywall.
Amnesty International has launched a new site to help journalists verify YouTube videos.
Google may not have changed its tune on net neutrality, but according to Bloomberg it’s definitely getting quieter.
Verizon has released a transparency report. “According to Verizon it was presented with 72,342 subpoenas with almost half of them requesting the carrier to divulge information on a phone number or IP address. Others requested transactional information such as the list of phone numbers called by a particular customer.”
Goodness from Hongkiat: 15 video editing apps for Android and iOS devices.
Xodo has announced free, real-time, browser-based PDF collaboration (press release, natch.) “The highlight of Xodo 2.0, Xodo Connect is the first completely free service of its kind, allowing an unlimited number of users to work together on any PDF from both mobile and desktop devices without awkward attachments, downloads, or installs. Invited collaborators can view, annotate, mark up, and discuss a document at the same time from their web browsers.”
Apparently factory-resetting your Android phone before selling it doesn’t do all the good you might think.
Stone Temple Consulting took a deep look at how Google indexes tweets. (Or, as you’ll see after reading the study, Google doesn’t index tweets.)
Chromecast has added support for Android screen mirroring. “The feature is still in beta and it’s limited to a few high-end Android phones and tablets running Android KitKat 4.4.1+: Nexus 4, 5, 7 (second generation only) and 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, Note 3 and 10, HTC One M7, LG G2, G3 and G Pro 2. Google promises to add more devices to the list.”
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