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  • Tumblr returns to iOS App Store ahead of 'adult' content ban

    I "curated" a niche-porn Tumblr blog which means I clicked "like" on the pics I liked and "shared" the ones I really liked. I got 1,000 followers. I tried briefly to monetize it with an affiliate link, but hundreds of referral clicks never translated into any payouts. My Tumblr blog was just one of probably hundreds of thousands of others. Everyone I know who used Tumblr has used it for these fantastic curated porn feeds.

    I am not sure who Tumblr thinks they are, they WERE a porn purveyor. Verizon, the new owner, is implementing a really draconian / chilling policy. There is NO reason why they could not have built in additional safeguards to keep underage porn off of Tumblr, for example. They never put the time or effort into curating their user feeds, and now in a tantrum have decided to banish all nudity. This accomplishes exactly nothing but kill their platform, and drive users to the next platform. 

    The cat is out of the bag, people will find their porn elsewhere. I enjoyed the Tumblr feed format because it wasn't infested with all the virus-laden pop-up ads out there in the wild on other porn sites. 

    My last point is this:  Apple shouldn't be the moral arbiter of what appears on its product. This is the beginning of a very concerning trend whereby the government and private industry watches and monitors what we view. In China they're giving you social scores now that will restrict your options in life based on such factors. Today its naked people they want to banish, tomorrow it might as well be democratic activists or whoever our near-fascist leadership has decided to go after.

    The Tumblr porn ban is a free-market failure, and an ominous portent of things to come. Once they start controlling what we can see, the next thing they'll come after is what we think. 
  • Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor to combat iTunes' podcast dominance

    I will never use PodCasts on the Spotify platform because they don't allow any music / remix podcasts such as the widely popular Anjuadeep or Group Therapy podcasts.

    I understand from a business perspective why Spotify would't want to carry music podcasts, but this is shortsighted, as I use these shows to discover new music which I eventually add to my Spotify playlists.

    Spotify will never embrace the free market of podcasts and artificially restrict them to information / talk only.  So sorry Spotify, nice try but you'll never get me and millions of other Podcast listeners.