August 4, 2020

Technology Policy Updates

Twitter limits Trump Jr.'s account

House vs. Bezos, Zuckerberg, Cook, Pichai

Appropriators take on AI, broadband

Here's your guide to today's blockbuster tech antitrust hearing

@usatodaytech: TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law. https://t.co/g1hELP8NgO[…]

@axios: Today's House antitrust hearing with the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple got off to a rocky start, as Democrats and Republicans sought to steer it in wildly different directions. https://t.co/ZjYARDlyvK[…]

@USHouseNews: #HouseHearing today: Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of @Amazon, @Apple, @Facebook, and @Google https://t.co/jcF2K0dWWw Includes links to PDF of each CEO's opening statement — […]

House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing

TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation'

House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence

July 23, 2020

New Blogger 2020 vs. Productivity

Dear Google,

I'm glad to see you're maintaining interest in content publishing through Blogger, and that you want the user interface to keep up with the times, be mobile-friendly, etc. I have been hoping for an update to bring improvement to the user interface such as adding markdown support.

The new interface has some flaws, some of which may seem minor but they have significant productivity consequences.

1. The link editor. It used to be very easy to add and remove links from within the text. Ctrl+K, Ctrl+V, Enter, and the link was done. The new interface does not have the cursor active in the field, so there's an extra step to add links. Viewing and removing links has become much more involved. It used to be one click to either step. Now it's click, mouse movement, click, etc. or a lot more use of the Tab key.

2. Clearing formatting retained links in the old interface. The new interface does not. This does not seem to have a workaround, so the new Blogger is either destructive to content, or incapable of conforming content to a blog's style. Neither of these options are acceptable.

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