Mark Smith’s Newsletter - Saturday 5th June, 2021

Apple vs Adtech, Esports, Apple podcast subscriptions, Twitter Blue, Trump quits blogging, Stack Overflow acquired

Hello and welcome to my newsletter!

Another season 2 instalment…

What a week it’s been here.

I’ve had serious internet connectivity issues, device power issues, issues with hosting providers and everything got shutdown, so all my backup places where I can usually get online were all closed. To say things were difficult is the understatement of the century. Things are virtually impossible.

Not the best environment to complete my first web development job in ages and ages. It’s getting done though, one way or another.

Not a lot of links this week. If you work online and you have power and internet issues, it’s pretty much game over I’m afraid. Really hoping some semblance of normality returns next week.

That’s all from me this week…

I hope you enjoy the links!

As usual all the articles from the linkblog in chronological order are included below, which is also a good way to explore, there are some pieces there amongst the main summary items that didn’t make it into the main themes, but these are interesting in their own right, and often end up developing into something more substantial further down the line.

Special mentions

Stuff from me

Nothing from me this week :(

Stuff from around the web


Doc Searls - Apple vs (or plus) Adtech - “We need to start building a byway around the whole mess: one where demand can signal supply about exactly what it wants, rather than having demand constantly being spied on and guessed at by adtech’s creepy machinery” #

Esports' popularity 'only scratching the surface' #

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions delayed with app enhancements inbound #

John Gruber on Doc Searls’ recent comments about Apple privacy - “I don’t think Searls’s critique here is fair” - It’s good to see a classic blogger public debate, I feel like this sort of thing used to happen more often #

Introducing Twitter Blue - Twitter’s first-ever subscription offering - It’s aimed at Twitter power users, and adds several special features to enhance their experience #

Trump shuts down his personal website - Big news I suppose, it would seem that having gotten used to millions of daily reactions on Twitter, that the 150000 that he was getting from his personal website wasn’t enough, I guess if you are someone like Trump you just have to be mainstream, and personal websites are never going to be like that, it’s a different sort of readership, I still wish he ran a personal website though, maybe he could have an alter-ego website, wildly different from DJT #

Stack Overflow sold to tech investor Prosus for $1.8 billion - Big news for developers, nope I hadn’t heard of “Tech Giant” Prosus either #


No podcasts this week :(


Thanks for reading!


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