1. My latest for TIME: Smartphones are increasingly being used as an access point for people who don’t have a home broadband connection, per Pew’s latest data.

     
  2. BuzzFeed called me a “Person of the Internet,” AMA.

     

  3. The New York Times switched to publishing timely stories on Facebook while its website suffered a prolonged outage Wednesday. BuzzFeed and Gawker similarly used Tumblr last year when its main sites were taken offline by Hurricane Sandy-related damage. In all cases, the outlets used Twitter to point readers to the backup platform of choice.

    The lesson here: News outlets can use social channels as a backup in times of crisis. 

    Edit: As my friend Brian Fung points out at WaPo, moving to social channels comes at a steep financial cost — so it’s best to get those servers up and running ASAP.

     

  4. "At the heart of the debate is an increasingly pressing question: Who is responsible for the Internet’s growing costs?"

     

  5. "That’s where McCain’s Aereo provision fits in. The Fox broadcast network operates on a license granted by the government. In exchange, Fox and other networks are expected to provide local news, weather and emergency alerts to consumers. McCain’s bill is essentially a response to Carey’s threat: stop providing your public service, and you’ll lose your license to air your content on the broadcast airwaves."
    — "Aereo’s Unexpected Ally: John McCain," Mashable
     

  6. "A bill allowing states to collect sales tax from online retailers that lack a physical presence in their borders appears primed to pass the Senate this week"
    — "Internet Sales Tax Poised to Pass Senate," Mashable
     
  7. Word up, Wil Wheaton.

    (Source: wilwheaton)

     

  8. shortformblog:

    rethinkdigg:

    Like many of you, we were dismayed to learn that Google will be shutting down its much-loved, if under-appreciated, Google Reader on July 1st. Through its many incarnations, Google Reader has remained a solid and reliable tool for those who want to ensure they are getting the best from their favorite sections of the Internet. And though they were not wholly appreciated at the time, Reader’s early social features were forward-thinking and hugely useful.

    We’ve heard people say that RSS is a thing of the past, and perhaps in its current incarnation it is, but as daily (hourly) users of Google Reader, we’re convinced that it’s a product worth saving. So we’re going to give it our best shot. We’ve been planning to build a reader in the second half of 2013, one that, like Digg, makes the Internet a more approachable and digestible place. After Google’s announcement, we’re moving the project to the top of our priority list. We’re going to build a reader, starting today. [read more]

    Anyone notice how freaking awesome Digg has gotten since it got sold to the Betaworks folks? Just saying. They have one of the best daily emails and they’re killing it on the content front. It’s not the same company and it doesn’t spread content the same way, but maybe that’s a good thing because it doesn’t piss you off as much as Digg Mark 2010 did.

    Now they’re creating a Google Reader replacement. Awesome.

    Betaworks/Digg is the Flash Gordon of the Internet.

     
  9. design-drop:

    The internet

    Me, every day.

    (Source: yemayasson, via internetassociation)

     

  10. The major ISPs have a new anti-piracy system, but how they implement it is up to them.

    Worked on this most of the day, and very satisfied with how it turned out.