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Opinion: Free Reach, Fact Checking and Platform Responsibility

Twitter’s decision to flag one of President Trump’s tweets with a fact-check has set a precedent for how social media companies can and should respond to false information published by accounts with significant audience reach. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, to his credit, took responsibility for the decision. It’s important to call out that Twitter’s decision should not be cast in the context of freedom of speech. The rules are and have always been different for private companies, particularly those with terms of service (ToS), as XKCD so eloquently points out. To some extent, the issues that are now playing out for the platforms are ...
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2020.05.29 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello There’s a lot to reflect on and be said this week on so many levels, but in the context of this newsletter, the decision by Twitter to flag a tweet by President Trump with a fact check. In an attempt to keep this email focused and relatively-brief, I have published my detailed opinion on my personal website. Now onto your Last Week in Digital Media. GENERAL Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team has had a busy week. The first is an app called Collab, a way to, in their words, “make music together while apart.” You can sign up ...
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Tips: List of Public DNS Servers

Important I am not affiliated with any of the companies or DNS providers listed. This information is shared "as is". If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This is yet another list of Public DNS Servers. I know there are more than enough guides out there but decided to publish this one because I feel there's some useful advice that I can share. Public DNS Speedtest There are several factors that determine DNS speed, some of which are out of your control. If you want to benchmark DNS ...
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Works! Fix Chrome is Managed by your Organization (in 3 steps!)

Important I am not affiliated with Google or Chrome and this is my personal experience. This requires some basic technical capabilities and being comfortable using regedit. If you are not comfortable doing this, do not proceed as I don't provide technical support, accept liability, or a warranty. If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! Personally, I no longer use Google Chrome but it's the only option in my office. But back when I did use Chrome at home, I would get this ridiculous ...
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2020.05.22 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media, but here’s the news you may have missed: GENERAL Google is rebranding YouTube Google Preferred to YouTube Select. There is no material difference in the offering as part of the rebrand, other than a reference to emerging lineups and brand lift studies and an emphasis on brand suitability some Facebook new product insights from reverse engineer, Jane Manchun Wong. Facebook is working on a feature called Neighborhoods (possibly to take on Patch and Nextdoor) and separately, video stickers. TikTok has a new CEO, ex Disney streaming executive Kevin Mayer. Mayer will ...
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2020.05.15 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello Welcome to Last Week in Digital Media, here’s the news you may have missed: GENERAL twitter has acquired the mobile DSP CrossInstall. CrossInstall has strengths in performance and playable ads. The acquisition is a signal twitter wants to get more performance dollars in the mobile app space (a reminder, twitter also owns MoPub, which provides monetization for mobile apps). Facebook acquired Giphy for a reported US$400MM. Giphy will operate within the Instagram business unit. It’s a notable acquisition as Giphy is used by other platforms include twitter and TikTok, iMessage, and more. This means, technically, Facebook could get insights ...
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How To: (Works!) Import Chrome Extensions into Microsoft Edge (5 Easy Steps!)

Disclaimer I am providing this information and instructions "as is". There is no warranty or support from me, I'm sharing this because I thought it may be helpful to others. I don't work for and I am not affiliated with Microsoft (or Google).  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This review was last updated: May 2020 Overview I was an early beta tester of Microsoft Edge Chromium edition. This is because I am one of the few people who uses Windows 10 on ARM-based laptop, a ...
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Review: Verizon E3200 Mesh WiFi Extender (2020).

Disclaimer I am providing this information and instructions "as is". There is no warranty or support from me, I'm sharing this because I thought it may be helpful to others. If you break your E3200 or anything else in the process you're on your own. If you're concerned about this, I would recommend getting Verizon to help you with the setup.  I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the E3200 outright myself.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps ...
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