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Yesterday's "tomorrow" is of course today.

Tomorrow is apparently "Safer Internet Day," which you most likely didn't mark on your calendar. Google remembered Safer Internet Day, though. To cele... by Ryan Whitwam in News
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#Google, is there some reason I can post a link here from #Safari and not from your iOS #app?
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Near as I can tell, this recognition follows activity in a couple of groups on Twitter, which has been useful and stimulating in a number of ways:

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My shoulder repetitive strain injury doesn't get why Apple won't enable full iOS keyboard support (e.g., escape, switch apps).
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Interesting if true...(Um, is someone counting characters here? Yes, apparently so.)
A couple of years ago, right around the time Google's Gmail team decided to start working on a standalone email app, the recently announced Inbox, a major..
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Introducing Selected Birthdays

http://grieve-smith.com/selectedbirthdays/

If you have an Android phone like me, you probably use Google Calendar. I like the way it integrates with my contacts so that I can schedule events with people. I like the idea of it integrating with my Google+ contacts to automatically create a calendar of birthdays that I don’t want to miss. There’s a glitch in that, but I’ve created a new app to get around it, called Selected Birthdays.

The glitch is that the builtin Birthdays calendar has three options: show your Google Contacts, show your contacts and the people in your Google+ circles, or nothing. I have a number of contacts who are attractive and successful people, but I’m sorry to say I have no interest in knowing when their birthdays are.

Google doesn’t let you change the builtin Birthdays calendar, but it does let you create a new calendar and fill it with the birthdays that interest you. My new web app, Selected Birthdays, automates that process. It goes through your contacts, finds the ones who have shared their birthdays with you, and gives you a checklist. You decide whose birthdays to include, and Select Birthdays will create a new calendar with those birthdays. It’ll also give you the option of hiding Google’s built-in birthday calendar.

I wrote the Selected Birthdays app in Javascript with the Google+ and Google Calendar APIs. Ian Jones was a big help in recommending the moment.js library, which I used to manipulate dates. Bootflat helped me add a bit of visual style.

For the app to work you’ll have to authorize it to read your contacts and write your calendars. For your privacy, the app communicates directly between your browser and Google’s server; once you download it there is no further contact with my server. There is no way for me to see or edit your contacts or calendars. You can verify that in the source code.

Please let me know if you have any comments, questions or suggestions. I have also made the code available on GitHub for free under the Apache License, if you want to build on it. A number of people have said they wish they had an app like this for Facebook. If enough of you repeat that, I’ll look into it!
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A group of software developers and designers, product managers and more have used their prowess to create apps and other tools to help the candidate.
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CBS News - Cable networks are speeding up TV shows to cram in ads
The new strategy comes as ratings decline and a surge in "cord-cutters," but could it alienate viewers even more?
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Can reorder iOS extensibility app/action menus—often as I want; no apparent way to make order stick. Apple's famous puckish humor?
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OK, looks like Apple may have fixed this in the last point rev or so.
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'NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker has said, “metadata absolutely tells you everything about somebody’s life. If you have enough metadata, you don’t really need content.” When I quoted Baker at a recent debate at Johns Hopkins University, my opponent, General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and the CIA, called Baker’s comment “absolutely correct,” and raised him one, asserting, “We kill people based on metadata.”
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'The fact that the USA Freedom Act has achieved such wide-ranging support may be less an indication of its compromises than of a fundamental shift in American views. In July 2013, following the Snowden revelations, the Pew Research Center reported that for the first time since it started asking the question in 2004, more Americans expressed concern that counter-terrorism measures were infringing their civil liberties than worried that the government was not doing enough to keep them safe.'
A bill to rein in NSA spying on Americans’ metadata is an important first step, but it addresses only one part of the NSA’s surveillance activities.
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