The end of an era—CD Baby are closing down their online retail store later this year, to focus on distribution, monetisation and promotion services. I’m guessing that Bandcamp contributed to the dip in revenue over the last few years.

How the BBC’s Netflix-killing plan was snuffed by myopic regulation

Insiders reveal just how close the BBC came to launching a credible Netflix competitor—only to have the door slammed in its face.

Sadly, I’m not surprised. Another UK tradition upheld.

The Northern Ireland Secretary of State league
Peter Donaghy, writing at Slugger O’Toole, runs through all the post-holders ranked in ascending order of how well they handled the brief. No surprise, Mo Mowlam gets full marks.

We need more editors

Part of the reason we are in the state we are in is because we have been too dependent on technology to manage information. We have stopped investing in core human skills built up over centuries to ensure the quality and integrity of information.

Declutter Your Inbox. Subscribe to Email Newsletters Straight Into Inoreader
This could prove very useful! Another reason why I’ve no hesitation in recommending Inoreader.

Night of the Long Boris: several UK cabinet members fired, finance chief quits
Ho boy. I can only assume that Boris Johnson wants to deliver big for those who backed him and are betting against the UK economy, by driving the country into the ground through sheer incompetence.

Scotland the Dump

Instead of focusing on Boris Johnson’s bridge distraction, lets focus on Beauforts Dyke – and the wider toxic legacy of the British State. Share this poster we created in collaboration with graphic artist Andy Arthur.


Popular Free Email Apps Such as Edison and Cleanfox Skim Users’ Inboxes for Marketing Data
Reminder that most ‘free’ apps aren’t free at all, they’re just wringing their money our from your data…

I need to check out the For You section of Apple Music more often. I hadn’t bothered with it at first, but now that I’ve been using Apple Music for over six months it’s showing me lots of stuff I might otherwise have missed. That’s the last piece I was missing from Spotify.

The mysterious disappearance of Google’s click metric

To survive, Google must find ways of showing even more ads. This is the future with Google — more ads in more places. Or rather, more ineffective ads in more places. This is an unsustainable business model.

The Deal of the Century (or, The Alliance of Losers)
Jim Maher tell the tale of the time that Apple teamed up with IBM in the early 1990s, and what did and didn’t result from that brief venture.

Robert Heaton noticed that the driver software for his Wacom tablet had a privacy policy, and decided to find out what information it was collecting.
Yes, you can opt-out. But I’m still trying to figure out why Wacom even needs that information.

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