Here's a pair of great (JWZ) posts (Kevin Marks) on the Nym Wars, in which Googlers, net users, and sensible people try to convince the G+ team that it's insane to tell people that they must socialize using their "real names," and to then try to adjudicate what a "real name" is. Both link out to the canonical essays produced to date on the subject, such as EFF and boyd, and add a lot of good context.
Wormhole is a file-sending site with end-to-end encryption: drop the file and off it goes, with a link you can share. It's the work of Stanford lecturer Feross Aboukhadijeh, who wanted to replace Firefox Send (previously at BB), which was shuttered late last year. I got tired of Dropbox and Google having all my files… READ THE REST
44 state attorneys general signed a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urging him to abandon plans to create an Instagram just for kids. The corrosive mental-health maze of social media remaking children in its quantified, privacy-dissolving, self-objectifying image? Not so great an idea. "Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and… READ THE REST
Encrypted messaging service Signal wanted to run clever ads on Facebook's Instagram that revealed how specifically the ad itself was targeted. Facebook banned its account, writes Signal's Jun Harada. It was evidently not OK with Signal exposing the barely-anonymized personal data that Facebook has for sale to promote its own more private alternative. We created… READ THE REST
More than 4 out of every 5 Americans — 81 percent — say they feel they have a book in them and that they should write it. That's almost 200 million people who want to be writers. And while each and every one of those budding scribes might have a compelling tale to tell, you… READ THE REST
For many, the morning doesn't officially start until the first robust juices of the simple coffee bean touch their lips and activate their day. Considering not much else matters until that magic moment arrives, it makes sense coffee lovers should outfit themselves with a machine to make that first cup-of-the-day joy happen as fast as… READ THE REST
The pace of life is just faster than it used to be. Not so many years ago, if you needed to print an image or make a hard copy of a to-do list, you'd find a nearby printer, connect all your devices, and print it up. But these days … C'mon, who's gonna stop to… READ THE REST