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[Sponsor] Atoms – New Colors & Holiday Discount

Atoms set out to make a shoe that you’d want to wear everyday. Focused on comfort and simplicity and built with innovative materials, Atoms are designed for how you live, work and play — everyday. They are unlike any shoes you have ever worn. First-of-its-kind quarter sizing gives you the perfect fit. Atoms’ stretchy laces make it easy to slip on and...

Jack Dorsey Steps Down as Twitter CEO; Will Be Replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal

Jessica Bursztynsky, reporting for CNBC: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief of the social media company, effective immediately. Parag Agrawal, the company’s chief technology officer, will take over the helm, the company said Monday. ★ 

Retool

My thanks to Retool for sponsoring last week at DF. Retool is a new approach to programming for the modern web: they’ve unified the ease of visual programming with the power and flexibility of real code. Drag and drop a form together, and have it POST back to your API in minutes. Deploy instantly with access controls and audit logs. It’s akin to a HyperCard...

Vinegar — Safari Extension That Replaces YouTube Embeds With Simple HTML 5 Video Tags

Zhenyi Tan: YouTube5 was a Safari extension back when Flash was still a thing and hated by everyone. It replaced the YouTube player (written in Flash) with an HTML <video> tag.And now the YouTube player situation has gotten bad enough that we need another extension to fix it. That’s where Vinegar comes in. Vinegar also replaces the YouTube player...

Jason Snell’s 2021 E-Reader Roundup: Kobo Sage, Kobo Libra 2, and Kindle Paperwhite

I’ve got a Paperwhite that’s now a few years old. I really don’t use it much, because for whatever reason, I prefer paper books. But Jason Snell is a voracious reader of books on e-readers, and, of course, he has impeccable taste in hardware and software. If you’re looking to buy someone an e-reader this holiday season, or to ask someone to get one...

The Talk Show: The Scotland Board of Tourism

For your holiday listening enjoyment: Special guest David Smith returns to the show to talk about Apple Watch Series 7 and the state of WatchOS, Apple suing NSO Group, and more. Brought to you by these fine sponsors: Hover: Find a domain name for your passion. Get 10% off your first purchase. Hullo Pillow: Your favorite pillow, guaranteed....

★ Tim Sweeney Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

Vlad Savov and Sohee Kim, reporting last week for Bloomberg, “Apple, Google Monopoly Over Apps Must Be Stopped, Epic Games CEO Says”:1 Epic Games Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Sweeney renewed hisattack on Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google as the world’sdominant mobile duopoly before calling for a universal app storethat works across all operating...

Wirecutter Union Is Striking

Wirecutter Union: During two years of bargaining, The New York Times company has slow-walked contract negotiations with unfair labor practices and insignificant wage offers that severely underpay our staff. We, members of the Wirecutter Union, are fed up. To win the fair contract we deserve, we’re prepared to walk out during the Black...

MacOS 12 Monterey’s Network Quality Tool

Dan Petrov: It seems that Apple has quietly added a new tool in macOSMonterey for measuring your device’s Internet connectivityquality. You can simply call the executable networkQuality,which executes the following tests:Upload/download capacity (your Tx/Rx bandwidth essentially)Upload/download flows, this seems to be the number of testpackets used...

E.U. Regulators Are at It Again

Von Björn Finke, reporting for Süddeutsche Zeitung (original in German; I’m quoting here from Safari 15’s translation to English): For example, these powerful companies must no longer prefer theirown services in search results, as Google did in the 2.4 billioncase. You may also not collect business data from independentmerchants on the platform and...

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