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October 21, 2012
16:43 // 1 year ago
September 10, 2012
Instapaper developer fights with popular Apple blog, neither comes off very well
last week’s drama 9to5Mac, in covering the Apple UDID case, referred to Instapaper developer (and Tumblr co-founder) Marco Arment as “Marcus Armento” and his product as “Instascraper,” all the while suggesting the FBI acquired its data during an unrelated raid on Instapaper’s host. 
this week’s drama This could’ve been water under the bridge, but then Arment put this warning on articles from 9to5Mac, suggesting that the Apple site didn’t want to be on his app anymore. Not true. It turns out that Arment chose to put the message on, not the other way around. The Apple blog wrote a response, and in the end, both end up looking pretty terrible. But for Arment, it could be worse: He may have hurt the relationship with his users by bringing a petty personal battle into things. Yikes.
drama update Hours after this took place, Arment responded to the incident on his Instapaper blog, saying that he was upset about the way the blog presented the FBI incident and apologizing for his initial decision. “In retrospect,” he said, “that was an overreaction. 9to5Mac’s statements, as much as they angered and scared me, did not constitute an opt-out. Furthermore, it was inappropriate to add a publisher to the opt-out list that did not explicitly request it.” Arment says he turned off the error message.

Instapaper developer fights with popular Apple blog, neither comes off very well

  • last week’s drama 9to5Mac, in covering the Apple UDID case, referred to Instapaper developer (and Tumblr co-founder) Marco Arment as “Marcus Armento” and his product as “Instascraper,” all the while suggesting the FBI acquired its data during an unrelated raid on Instapaper’s host. 
  • this week’s drama This could’ve been water under the bridge, but then Arment put this warning on articles from 9to5Mac, suggesting that the Apple site didn’t want to be on his app anymore. Not true. It turns out that Arment chose to put the message on, not the other way around. The Apple blog wrote a response, and in the end, both end up looking pretty terrible. But for Arment, it could be worse: He may have hurt the relationship with his users by bringing a petty personal battle into things. Yikes.
  • drama update Hours after this took place, Arment responded to the incident on his Instapaper blog, saying that he was upset about the way the blog presented the FBI incident and apologizing for his initial decision. “In retrospect,” he said, “that was an overreaction. 9to5Mac’s statements, as much as they angered and scared me, did not constitute an opt-out. Furthermore, it was inappropriate to add a publisher to the opt-out list that did not explicitly request it.” Arment says he turned off the error message.
20:28 // 2 years ago
August 7, 2012
22:43 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2012

Watch this video. Feel good about Scott Brown. Then, after you’re done watching the clip of the Massachusetts senator draining a three pointer from half-court, know that Democrats in the state are using this as evidence that the Senator is improperly using taxpayer money to shoot campaign videos, as this video was shot by one of his staffers. Now the answer to that is “uh, of course not, because the congressional staffer was just lucky enough to catch Scott Brown shoot an underhand three pointer from half-court.” But Democrats in Massachusetts are facing trouble of their own, with Elizabeth Warren continuing to face questions about whether she improperly claimed to be Native American during her educational career. But maybe you don’t care about any of that. In that case, we recommend you just watch the video. source

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20:37 // 2 years ago
December 19, 2011
In case you wanted an excuse to rip out your hair this morning, here you go: House Republicans balked on the Senate’s payroll tax-cut extension, which passed their chamber without issue on Friday but now is suddenly the target of 11th hour drama in the House. The Senate’s already gone home, so re-herding the cats would be very tough at this point. But on the other hand, Democrats can easily pin the blame for this one. Anyway, House Republicans: Do you guys not know the definition of “Christmas”?

In case you wanted an excuse to rip out your hair this morning, here you go: House Republicans balked on the Senate’s payroll tax-cut extension, which passed their chamber without issue on Friday but now is suddenly the target of 11th hour drama in the House. The Senate’s already gone home, so re-herding the cats would be very tough at this point. But on the other hand, Democrats can easily pin the blame for this one. Anyway, House Republicans: Do you guys not know the definition of “Christmas”?

9:11 // 2 years ago