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Last week’s linkage (week 5, 2022)

The Bored Horse newsletter goes out to subscribers on Fridays, free of charge. One section in said newsletter contains links to things I found interesting, things that are not, in fact, published on Bored Horse because it appears that there are other websites on the internet, too. Who could’ve known?!

Anyway, these are the links from last week’s newsletter.


💰 IAB Europe’s consent popup, used by, well, thousands of companies, isn’t GDPR compliant. That means that all those companies must delete the data. This affects the advertising business of giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. Good riddance, I say.

👎🏻 Get ready for downvotes on Twitter, maybe. It’s an experiment, for now, and no one can see what you decided to dislike.

📰 Speaking of Twitter, they might launch a longform (!) feature, called Twitter Articles. The microblog platform goes full blog, maybe.

🟥 The New York Times has bought Wordle for a ton of money. Creator Josh Wardle has a statement, congratulations to him.

💾 Worried that NYT will hide Wordle behind a paywall? Go to the original site, and choose Save As in your browser. There you go, the full game saved locally.

🐸 A frog regrows all four legs after getting pumped full of drugs. Yes, it was intentional, by professionals, so don’t try this at home, folks.

✈️ Ghost flights, being empty planes in the air to keep airport slot times, has been up for discussion for quite some time. It’s obviously crazy, horrendous for the environment, and a good example of rules gone wrong. Wired has the latest story in this travesty.

🦜 A parrot on New Zealand steals a GoPro, and it’s video magic, right there.

🍺 Remember the iBeer app? It was made by a magician, and here’s the story behind it. Spoiler: Apple’s somewhat to blame for its existence…!

🗺 Mind maps, such a great tool. But do they need to be organized and clean, using a dedicated tool, or should they be chaotic and free? This, and more, in this week’s issue of Switch to iPad.

🗡 Looking for a board-game for your iPad? Miyamoto is the way to go.

👦🏻 GIFs are for boomers now, says Vice, so I clearly fucked up earlier this week… Luckily they (and we) get new emojis soon.

😵‍💫 Remember the Wii? It was quite a thing. Well, the Nintendo Switch has outsold it, clocking in at a 103.54 million units shipped. It’s nice to see an underpowered gaming console completely owning this console cycle against the Xbox and PlayStation beasts.

📧 Google is rolling out a new Gmail design, if you’re into webmail interfaces. Spoiler: It looks like a Google product.

🐭 Finally, a comic that wraps up the Maus debacle from last week.


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