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Gruber on Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel report

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The Mueller Report by John Gruber We’ve all been bombarded by news alerts on Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel report today. I’ve spent most of my day reading it. I strongly suggest all of you do the same. Yes, it’s effectively a book, and not a short one, but it is incredibly well written and structured. That’s not a surprise to me — we knew Mueller hired a team of excellent attorneys, and good lawyers are good writers. But the information…

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2019-03-16 08.18.24

On Spotify’s Complaints About the App Store What Apple should do is allow apps that opt out of IAP to explain that users need to subscribe or make purchases using a web browser, and allow them to link to their website from within the app (even if they’d be required to open that link in Safari, as opposed to an in-app web view). Everything else in Spotify’s list of complaints seems like noise to me, and distracts from the central…

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Facebook’s Clear History Privacy Feature is Vapourware

Shocker: Facebook’s ‘Clear History’ Privacy Feature Is Vaporware by John Gruber (Daring Fireball) This is why my idea of regulation would entail: every user of every social network should be able to see (and easily find) the entirety of what the network knows about them, and delete any and all of it whenever they want. I agree 100%…

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John Gruber on click-bait headlines and trust. I’m sure these tricks work, that there’s all sorts of analytics data that shows it — but no trick works forever. People inevitably catch on.John Gruber…

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Google is a ruthless competitor

The gist of my argument is that Google is a ruthless competitor that enters existing markets, upends them, and isolates itself with a seemingly unquenchable desire to dominate every single market in consumer online services; yet, hypocritically, its leadership describes Google as just wanting to get along, that Google is institutionally a nice company, and that they succeed by “building great things that don’t exist”, whereas what they actually do is build free versions of things that already exist and…

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