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Weekly Top Ten #8

Hey All,

Sorry for skipping last week’s Top 10. With Covid-19 bearing down here, we had to get stuff organized for the impending social distancing/quarantine. Well we’re back! So it’s Friday.

To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. We’re a Fully Remote Nonprofit; Here’s Some Advice on Working From Home (Creative Commons)
  2. School’s Out… Or Is It? (Internet Archive Blogs)
  3. Coronavirus could force ISPs to abandon data caps forever (TechCrunch)
  4. Google says it is developing a nationwide coronavirus website (Reuters)
  5. Online ID verification is seeing a spike in demand driven by COVID-19 (TechCrunch)
  6. Bing’s COVID-19 tracker filters data, news and video by region (Search Engine Land)
  7. Slack’s redesign eyes its next source of growth: Regular people (Protocol)
  8. So We’re Working From Home. Can the Internet Handle It? (New York Times)
  9. 13 Ways Businesses Can Use SEO & Marketing to Combat Coronavirus Impact (Search Engine Journal)
  10. Authorities Eye Using Mobile Phone Tracking COVID-19’s Spread

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Technology

A Proprietary CMS Isn’t Necessarily The Way To Go

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There are lots of content management systems. Some charge a small fortune to use their products, they are proprietary and almost always closed source (ie. Adobe Experience Manager, Microsoft Sharepoint, and Salesforce’s CMS to name a few). Proprietary CMS companies sell their enterprise clients on functionality, which is often overkill for much of the company’s needs. Many times there is a better option than paying enormous sums for a closed CMS platform. One of these alternatives is WordPress. WordPress powers more than 35% of the web and is utilized by some big named sites: New York Observer, New York...

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The End Of The Handshake

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Don’t touch your face! Did you just touch it? See, it's really hard not to. Another action that’s really hard not to do is shake hands when meeting people. Yet with the outbreak of Covid19 across the globe, people are realizing that this tried and true gesture of respect and greeting needs to go.  Some have replaced it with the elbow bump, which might not be good enough. Others have decided on a foot tap. Some just with a head nod. Even jazz hands has been suggested. Regardless, the handshake is on the way out. So how does the...

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Weekly Top Ten #7

It’s Friday. To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. Recycling Plants Are Catching On Fire, And Lithium-Ion Batteries Are To Blame (The Verge)
    There are places to recycle these batteries, but obviously not enough people know about them. Maybe municipalities should get into the act and setup recycling bins in their towns.
  2. The Verge 2020 Tech Survey (The Verge)
    This is a very interesting survey that shows how the public view tech and especially the big players in tech, like Facebook, Google, et al.
  3. February 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report (Facebook)
    Facebook appears to be trying to stop misinformation, per this report on their corporate site? Yet they still give mixed messages when it comes to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.
  4. YouTube has nearly halved the number of conspiracy theory videos it recommends (MIT Technology Review)
    Google-owned, Youtube is doing its best to combat conspiracy theories on the video sharing site. But is it too hard of a game of wack-a-mole?
  5. Tech sector growth isn’t reaching beyond the usual tech hubs (Axios)
    Being based just outside of Philadelphia, I’ve seen first hand how slow tech growth is happening outside of the usual tech-sectors. Philly has a tech ecosystem, do many of the suburbs surrounding it. But is it enough? Probably not.
  6. The Coronavirus Is Forcing Techies To Work From Home. Some May Never Go Back To The Office. (Buzzfeed News)
    I’m not going to lie, Covid19 is pretty freaky. This virus might actually reshape how we as a society work. It will definitely be worth watching.
  7. This is the mindset change you need to make when networking (Fast Company)
    I’m a big fan of networking. This piece in Fast Company solidifies my approach. Networking IS NOT about the instant or quick sale. It’s about connections and helping each other. Build a relationship with those you meet. Give before you ask. Okay I’m off my soap box.
  8. Twitter Is Finally Doing Stories (Buzzfeed News)
    Twitter finally joined the stories revolution. They are indeed late to the game. But if you’re in Brazil and rocking an iOS device, you can have first dibs on trying Twitter Fleets. Will it catch on? Only time will tell.
  9. TCL’s new foldable and rollable concepts imagine a wild future of phones (The Verge)
    Foldable smartphones are the new rage. I for one prefer my brick to anything folding, but now TCL is introducing a tri-fold smartphone. I guess, why not.
  10. Facebook doubles down on removing coronavirus conspiracy theories (Recode)
    There is so much FUD out there about Covid19. And most of it is being disseminated via social media and networks like Facebook. This is a good start to quashing the misinformation and quelling panic.

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Technology

Digital Disruption Hurts Democracy

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In a recent study by the Pew Research Center for Internet and Technology, authors Janna Anderson and Lee Raine found that many tech experts feel that the growth of the digital world and disruption of digital will hurt detrimental democracy. About half predict that humans’ use of technology will weaken democracy between now and 2030 due to the speed and scope of reality distortion, the decline of journalism and the impact of surveillance capitalism. A third expect technology to strengthen democracy as reformers find ways to fight back against info-warriors and chaos. This is obviously very concerning. The decline...

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Is Jack Dorsey’s Job At Twitter In Jeopardy?

“Activist” Investor Elliott Management has bought more than $1 billion of Twitter stock and is now going after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to leave the company.

Dorsey, the CEO of two publicly traded companies, Twitter and Square, is a big target since he splits his time between the two companies.

Peter Kafka writes in his think piece in Recode:

[Elliott Management] wants Dorsey to stop running Twitter — or, at the very least, stop running both companies at the same time. And unlike other people who complain about Twitter, these guys might actually be able to do something about it.

Here’s the deal: Elliott Management, an “activist investor” firm, has bought a lot of Twitter shares and wants to replace Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. It thinks pushing out Dorsey will make Wall Street value Twitter more favorably, which would make the value of Elliott’s Twitter shares rise.

Elliott has acquired about $1 billion worth of Twitter shares, which means it has a sizable stake in Twitter, but nothing close to control of the company. Now, the firm wants to use that stake to replace four Twitter board members with its own nominees, who would then presumably pressure Dorsey to leave — or at least stop running Square, the payments company he founded after he first left Twitter.

Elliott Management has said they think Twitter’s shares should be worth more than they are today. They seem to place blame in many facets of the company, but ultimately the buck stops with Dorsey.

What concerns me is that the head of Elliott Management, billionaire Paul Singer, is a major Republican donor. With this comes theories that the firm wants to change the landscape of Twitter to make it more conservative friendly. Though Kafka writes in his piece that this isn’t the case:

Highly recommended reading: This 2018 New Yorker profile of Singer and Elliott, which should help shoot down facile theories — which you can find on Twitter — about Singer, a prominent Republican donor, going after Twitter for political reasons. Singer and his team are motivated by money above all else. They also don’t want to “buy Twitter.” They want the value of the Twitter shares they bought to increase.

It seems as though this investment from Elliott Management is clearly business related and not politically motivated. As Kafka writes:

Elliott doesn’t seem focused so much on ousting an eccentric CEO but, more generally, on boosting Twitter’s stock price.

So we as a user base of this technology need to remember, we are only renting space on these platforms. We don’t own our profiles or what we post. We are at the mercy of the markets, especially when the company we’re investing our time in is publicly traded.

I always suggest to not put all your “eggs in one basket.” Setup a blog, post there first then share on Twitter and the other social networks.

What do you think of this investment by Elliott Management in Twitter? Is Jack Dorsey a dead duck?

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Weekly Top Ten #6

It’s Friday. To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. Firefox enables DNS-over-HTTPS by default (with Cloudflare) for all U.S. users (Hacker News)
    This is an interesting turn. With more browsers (Chrome at the forefront) turning off tracking cookies, this new technology is going to make marketing
  2. Even 25 Years Later, the Iomega Zip Is Unforgettable (How To Geek)
    These Zip drives were revolutionary, especially when the other option was a 3 1/2 floppy disk that couldn’t hold anything more than 1 mb of data.
  3. Does Page Speed Actually Effect SEO (Backlino on YouTube)
    This is worth the ~8 minute watch time. We would love your thoughts on this.
  4. Equifax paints itself as a cybersecurity leader now (Protocol)
    The irony is not lost on us.
  5. A senator is demanding to know how Facebook will stop misinformation from spreading online (Recode)
    Facebook needs to do something about the misinformation on its platform. Currently it’s not doing enough.
  6. Major vulnerabilities found in top free VPN apps on Google Play store (VPN Pro)
    VPNs are great when they work. But nothing is worse than the illusion of privacy when none exists.
  7. Alphabet’s Loon, telecoms unite to boost high-altitude internet (Engadget)
    The idea of having high-altitude weather balloons delivering the internet to underserved areas across Earth is really neat.
  8. AI baby monitors attract anxious parents: ‘Fear is the quickest way to get people’s attention (Washington Post)
    AI and privacy concerns mixed with newborns… what could go wrong?
  9. There’s something strange about TikTok recommendations (Recode)
    Hmmm, we wonder what it possibly could be.
  10. In Technology We Trust[ed] (Edelman)
    Fake news, deep fakes, misinformation, hacking, the technology sector isn no longer one of the most trusted sector in 13 markets across the globe.

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Revisiting Section 230

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Big tech has gotten so big it’s drawing the ire of governments across the globe. Here in the United States the Department of Justice is looking into revising Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act so that companies are not immune to what their users do on their platforms. Now we need to keep in mind that if it wasn’t for Section 230, the Internet as we know it wouldn’t be anything like it is now. It enables companies to build out innovative platforms without fear of being sued out of existence. A Bit Of A History Lesson...

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An incomplete manifesto for a humane company

Editors Note: This is manifesto was written by Paul Jarvis, a designer, developer, podcaster, business owner who runs a number of businesses on line. He released this on Github and we thought we’d share it. Check out his great book Company Of One on Amazon and his other projects at prjvs.com


I decided to draft up a wholly incomplete (work in progress) manifesto for what it means to run a humane company, as more of a thought experiment than anything else.

Do no harm

Create profit and value in a way that doesn’t create victims through actions, words, practices or policies.

Be a data-fiduciary

Any data you collect should be explained and disclosed in simple terms, then only collected when needed, and held in the highest regard in terms of safe-keeping.

Practice H2H

Companies themselves aren’t people, therefore they can’t be humane. But the people running them can be, and they should treat their audiences and customers with respect, human to human.

Remember that everything is connected

People, planet, profits. “Triple-bottom-line” is the only ledger that makes sense long-term, since nothing else is ultimately sustainable.

Move slow and don’t break things

Every decision has a repercussion, so move at a pace that carefully considers the consequences of actions and decisions made.

Learn, empathize, adapt

People, including those running companies, are imperfect and have unconscious biases. So when you do something wrong (which will happen), learn from it, understand it, and adapt for the future.

Recognize that dollars are votes

Businesses don’t exist in a vacuum. Who they partner with, buy from, work with and advertise with is a showing of support.

Be grateful/optimistic

Assume that problems are solvable. This leads to change through action by problem-solving what isn’t right and working towards making it right.

Be of service

Business is about service, providing value for the service a customer pays for. Service isn’t extractive or exploitative of customers, employees or partners.

Give credit where credit is due

The content above is free from copyright and ownership. I created this public repo where anyone can contribute, update, or adapt this content.

Image by John Hain from Pixabay

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Weekly Top Ten #5

It’s Friday. To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

Editors Note: There are two links in here that go to PDFs. They are clearly marked. We just wanted to give advanced notice.

  1. Biologists rush to re-create the China coronavirus from its DNA code (MIT Technology Review)
  2. Israeli soldiers tricked into installing malware by Hamas agents posing as women (ZDNet)
  3. I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London (Wired UK)
  4. To Bolster Cybersecurity, the US Should Look to Estonia (Wired)
  5. Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It? (Slate)
  6. Hackers, Counterfeits, and Way Too Much Email: All the Tech Worries Keeping CEOs Awake at Night (Inc)
  7. What’s Wrong With Tech Folks Who Attack The Tech Media. And What’s Wrong With Tech Media Today. (Hunter Walk)
  8. Mobile phishing scam hits customers at big North American banks (CyberScoop)
  9. NASA’s moonshot whiplash (Axios)
  10. We’ve Just Seen the First Use of Deepfakes in an Indian Election Campaign (Vice)

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