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Posted by John Gruber

Mark Bergen, reporting for Bloomberg:

Google is stopping one of the most controversial advertising formats: ads inside Gmail that scan users’ email contents. The decision didn’t come from Google’s ad team, but from its cloud unit, which is angling to sign up more corporate customers.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google Cloud sells a package of office software, called G Suite, that competes with market leader Microsoft Corp. Paying Gmail users never received the email-scanning ads like the free version of the program, but some business customers were confused by the distinction and its privacy implications, said Diane Greene, Google’s senior vice president of cloud. “What we’re going to do is make it unambiguous,” she said.

This is terrific news. Not just because it’s a good policy change in and of itself, but I take it as a sign that Google’s leadership is starting to realize how much damage they’ve done to the company’s reputation by playing fast and loose with their users’ privacy.

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Kyle Orland, reporting for Ars Technica:

Since the days of the NES, people have accused Nintendo of intentionally underproducing hardware in order to drive an artificial feeding frenzy of demand in the marketplace. With the Nintendo Switch remaining nearly impossible to find at retailers nationwide, those same accusations of “false scarcity” have been bubbling up in certain corners.

Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta wants to push back on those accusations. “It’s definitely not intentional in terms of shorting the market,” he told Ars in a recent interview. “We’re making it as fast as we can. We want to get as many units out as we can to support all the software that’s coming out right now… our job really is to get it out as quick as we can, especially for this holiday because we want to have units on shelves to support Super Mario Odyssey.”

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Posted by Sean Fallon

I don’t think this Mario Overalls Wallet is big enough to store those giant gold coins that seem to be scattered everywhere, but paper money and credit cards are just fine. In fact, I can’t think of a cuter place to put them.

Mario Overalls Wallet ($29.99)

Tesla looks to create a music streaming service

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 03:03 pm
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Posted by Jim Dalrymple

Music industry sources say the carmaker has had talks with all of the major labels about licensing a proprietary music service that would come bundled with its cars, which already come equipped with a high-tech dashboard and internet connectivity.

I understand most of what Elon Musk tries to do, but I don’t get this one. He should integrate all of the big services into the cars and let the customers choose. Making a new music service doesn’t seem to solve a problem for consumers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Posted by Sean Fallon

You probably recognize Maul for his top shelf Geralt cosplay, but these images from eosAndy prove that both cosplayer and photographer are fully committed to making every character as authentic as possible. For this Last of Us shoot, they traveled to the Chernobyl exclusion zone to capture the ideal apocalyptic backdrop. Check out more photos and a video below.

Send your cosplay tips to tips@fashionablygeek.com.

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Posted by Sean Fallon

Our Nerd Approved / TeePublic shirt store is full of nerdy designs from the best independent artists and they’re all on sale for just $14!

But that’s not all—everything in the store has been massively discounted including phone cases, wall art hoodies and more.

But the countdown clock is ticking, so head on over to the store and grab some shirts at a discount while you still can.

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Posted by Sean Fallon

Loungefly has a tattoo print Tinker Bell tote and a villains barrel bag that are absolutely fantastic—especially since they’re 30% off at the time of writing. Check out more pics of the bags below.

Tinker Bell Tote ($55.93) and a Villains Barrel Bag ($48.93)

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Posted by Bruce Schneier

Amazon has been issued a patent on security measures that prevents people from comparison shopping while in the store. It's not a particularly sophisticated patent -- it basically detects when you're using the in-store Wi-Fi to visit a competitor's site and then blocks access -- but it is an indication of how retail has changed in recent years.

What's interesting is that Amazon is on the other of this arms race. As an on-line retailer, it wants people to walk into stores and then comparison shop on its site. Yes, I know it's buying Whole Foods, but it's still predominantly an online retailer. Maybe it patented this to prevent stores from implementing the technology.

It's probably not nearly that strategic. It's hard to build a business strategy around a security measure that can be defeated with cellular access.

How to Build Smaller Apps

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 11:03 pm
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Posted by John Gruber

Ben Sandofsky:

Popular social networking apps are over 400 megs. With weekly releases, over one year you’ll download twenty gigs of data.

Since we launched Halide, the most unexpected compliment we’ve heard is about its size. At 11 megs, we’ll push less data in one year than a social network pushes in a single update.

“So you aren’t using Swift,” asked a friend. After all, Swift bundles its standard libraries into your app, bloating its size. Halide is almost entirely Swift. How did we do it? Let’s start with the technical bits.

His conclusion is spot-on:

There really is one weird trick to lose size: focus on your customers.

Bad App Citizens

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 10:51 pm
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Posted by John Gruber

Jon Darke:

This got me thinking — as a user who has a lot of apps installed, how much bandwidth does my phone use to keep my apps updated? […]

One Friday I turned off auto-update for apps and let the update queue build up for a week. The results shocked me.

It’s getting to the point where most apps can’t be updated over cellular because they’re all over 100 MB. This is madness.

Update: Many readers have written to argue that the listed sizes in the App Store aren’t what you actually download when updating an app, thanks to app thinning and other features. OK, but even with app thinning and delta updates these apps are still way too big as downloads and take up way too much storage on devices.

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Posted by John Gruber

Dan Primack, reporting for Axios:

More than one thousand current Uber employees have signed a letter to the company’s board of directors, asking for the return of deposed CEO Travis Kalanick “in an operational role.” One of its venture capital investors also is chiming in, with a similar message.

Not surprising to me at all — Uber was made in Kalanick’s image.

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