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Daring Fireball

Predicting the Date of Apple’s September Event

Rene Ritchie, writing at iMore: This is basically the best worst kept secret in technology. Best, because Apple never tells anyone. Worst, because, since iPhone 5, Apple has announced every new

Google Employees Are Organizing to Protest ‘Dragonfly’

One last piece in today’s Dragonfly trifecta, this one from Carolin O’Donovan for BuzzFeed: Google employees are demanding greater transparency from their employer and confronting management with

‘Dragonfly’

Ryan Gallagher, writing this week: Google co-founder Sergey Brin is the owner of what is reportedly one of the world’s fastest motor yachts. The luxurious 240-foot boat (pictured below) is worth $80

Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China

Ryan Gallagher, reporting earlier this month for The Intercept: Documents seen by The Intercept, marked “Google confidential,” say that Google’s Chinese search app will automatically identify
Jonathan Mann’s Song of the Day: ‘Jack Says Fuck You to Tweetbot’

Jonathan Mann’s Song of the Day: ‘Jack Says Fuck You to Tweetbot’

I don’t expect to see this one played at Twitter’s next press event. ★

UpHabit

My thanks to UpHabit for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. UpHabit is about relationship management made simple. They’re a mobile-only personal CRM made just for you. You can set regular reminders,

★ Twitter Addresses Why They’ve Broken Twitter for Third-Party Clients

https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/16/twitter-company-email-addresses-why-its-breakingmytwitter/

Twitter Company Email Addresses Why They’ve Broken Twitter for Third-Party Clients

Good piece by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch: And Twitter wonders why users don’t want to use its own clients?Perhaps, users want a consistent experience — one that doesn’t involve a million

‘The Oldest Trick in the Book’

Speaking of Penn and Teller, there’s a fantastic episode of This American Life on which Teller — the half of the duo who usually doesn’t speak — explains how he created one of his signature routines.

S.E.C. Is Said to Subpoena Tesla After Elon Musk’s Take-Private Tweet

The New York Times: Federal securities regulators have served Tesla with a subpoena, according to a person familiar with the investigation, increasing pressure on the electric car company as it deals

Motorola P30 Is a Pure iPhone X Rip-Off

They even ripped off the default wallpaper. Do “designers” at Motorola even list the job on their resumes or do they work in anonymous shame? ★

Apple Is Privately Encouraging Paid App Developers to Move to Subscriptions

Interesting story by Kif Leswing for Business Insider, regarding a private meeting Apple held with indie developers in New York last year: The new way Apple wanted to promote: Instead of users paying

Penn Jillette, in Conversation

Penn Jillette, in a terrific interview with David Marchese for Vulture: Q: But why is the audience willing to get emotionally engaged even after you’ve explicitly said the trick is done with

‘Bribes, Backdoor Deals, and Pay to Play: How Bad Rosé Took Over’

Victoria James, writing for Bon Appétit: My introduction to pay to play occurred after I’d just published a book on rosé. I was approached by one of the top three rosé brands. They were looking to

New Samsung Galaxy Watches Are Still Much Larger Than Apple Watches

Samsung is sticking with round faces — you certainly can’t call these ripoffs of Apple Watch. But I think that’s a mistake for a digital watch. At 42 and 46mm, both sizes are much larger (and heavier)

Funding Not Secured: Musk’s Explanations About Taking Tesla Private Do Not Work

Linette Lopez, writing for Business Insider: Elon Musk has written a blog post explaining why he said last week on Twitter that he might take Tesla private at $420 a share. “Funding secured,” he

Apple Removes Group FaceTime From iOS 12 and MacOS 10.14 Mojave Betas, Says It’ll Launch Later This Year

Juli Clover, reporting for MacRumors: In release notes for both macOS Mojave and iOS 12, Apple says the feature has been removed from the initial releases of macOS Mojave and iOS 12 and “will ship in

‘But the Plans Were on Display…’

From Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “But the plans were on display…”“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”“That’s the display department.”“With a

‘Vomit Fraud’

Interesting story from Fargo, North Dakota: “Vomit fraud” is a growing problem in many parts of the country. The Miami Herald reported this summer that multiple Uber passengers are filing lawsuits

AP: Google Tracks Your Location Even When You Disable ‘Location History’

Ryan Nakashima, reporting for the Associated Press: Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects — such as a warrant