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What Might We End up Paying for in 2021?

The tech predictions by Jefferson Graham on the USA Today website include a couple of tidbits about the possibility of users going over the new Google limits, and thus paying to keep their Gmail accounts, and the possibility of paid podcasts, large podcasts moving to a service similar to Apple Music, and becoming a paid…

Linked: The Old Internet Died And We Watched And Did Nothing
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Linked: The Old Internet Died And We Watched And Did Nothing

This is a really good reminder to not rely on a third-party to be the home of all of your stuff. You may end up losing it forever. Despite the constant flurries of social startups (Vine! Snapchat! TikTok! Ello! Meerkat! Peach! Path! Yo!), when the dust was blown off the chisel, the 2010s revealed that…

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IFTTT No Longer An Option for Storing Photos to Google

Got this email earlier from IFTTT (If This Then That): On Friday, March 15th, Google Photos and its associated Applets will be removed from IFTTT. Originally built in-house by our team, the Google Photos service uses the Picasa Web Albums API, which is being deprecated. We support Google’s decisions, though we know it will be a disappointment to…

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The NFL’s Claims About Metadata in the Ezekiel Elliott Case

I’m not going to get into whether the 6 game suspension was fair or not, or the criminal investigation that was dropped, etc. At least not here. I do, however, want to thank Deadspin for being one of the only sports sites to not just repeat verbatim what the NFL had to say about the…

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Linked – Amazon and eBay images broken by Photobucket’s ‘ransom demand’

They let users embed images with free accounts for years, and then suddenly changed that policy… “But the new policy has also affected historical social media posts, blogs and forums that were reliant on Photobucket. One of those affected is Stampboards, a forum with more than 17,000 members who discuss postage stamps and share images…

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Linked – Yahoo says half a billion accounts breached by nation-sponsored hackers

Given the wide range of personal information exposed, the possibility of attackers obtaining plaintext passwords is only one of the major concerns stemming from the breach. Yahoo users should be wary of communications that may use some of the compromised data to trick them into clicking on links, divulging information, or taking other actions. Glad…