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Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

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somegeekynick writes "Feedly users, a lot of whom migrated from the now-defunct Google Reader, are now finding out that they will not be able to login to the service without a Google+ Profile. In a blog post from Edwin Khodabakchian, which was posted almost at the same time the change rolled out, the reason for the change is stated as following Google's own move from using OAuth to Google+ for authentication. What has riled up a lot of users, as can be read in the comments, is that this change has come without warning and a lot of feeds are now being 'held hostage' by Feedly, especially for users who are reluctant to create Google+ Profiles."

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DivinoAG
3375 days ago
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Cute to see this shared on Newsblur, but sensationalist anyway. Feedly already back off from this change the day after the announcement after hearing the complaints. As an user of both, I can only hope success to every competitor, as that's what drives innovation.
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samuel
3374 days ago
Agreed. Rising tide...
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wmorrell
3375 days ago
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Newsblur > Feedly.
bogorad
3376 days ago
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А у кого-то нет G+?! Но приятно, что идиотов поимели :)
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dwbond
3376 days ago
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We love you, Newsblur.
ScottInPDX
3376 days ago
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Yay for Newsblur.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
kbreit
3376 days ago
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Even happier I have Newsblur.

empiricallyricist: Sonic Nail Clipper The...

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empiricallyricist:

Sonic Nail Clipper
The Analyst/Logistician
“┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)”

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DivinoAG
3417 days ago
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Sonic glasses. The Journalist. "Alright!"
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Romanikque
3412 days ago
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Oh my... Sonic Toilet Paper Roll - The Doctor - What the Fuck Does That Even Mean!?

This says more about me than I care to admit!
Baltimore, MD
kazriko
3412 days ago
Either Sonic programmable calculator, smart phone, keyboard, Pebble Watch, or Vita. (All equadistant.) The Accountant, and "Nope."
emurr002
3412 days ago
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Sonic ear buds; The Doctor; "I value your opinion."
pberry
3416 days ago
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Sonic gel pen. The Librarian. "JOBS!"
Chico, CA
gamergeek
3416 days ago
Sonic Highlighter. The Accountant. "The good thing is: I know exactly where we are parked now."
veracity
3415 days ago
Sonic glass. The QC Inspector. "Not stupid enough to watch those"
theprawn
3416 days ago
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Sonic coffee mug. The pastor. "True."
bronzehedwick
3416 days ago
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Sonic pillow. The reverend. "Hey man forgot to mention, I have your jacket."
Tarrytown, NY
grammargirl
3416 days ago
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Sonic smartphone. The Paralegal. "Let me know. Just sitting around." Kind of cool to see the wide variety of sharefighters' parental occupations. :-)
Brooklyn, NY
iaravps
3416 days ago
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Sonic bookmark. The Professor. "Have a good seminar!"
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Cdogg
3416 days ago
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Sonic Pizza. The Engineer. "Not sure if she's on the list, but she offered to help."

FAIL.
NDG, Montreal
ryanbrazell
3416 days ago
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Sonic pillow. The Secretary. "Hope you have had a good weekend!"
Richmond, VA
ramsesoriginal
3417 days ago
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Sonic Floppy Disk. The Woodcarver. "paaaast"
Bozen/Val Gardena Italy
timjump
3417 days ago
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Sonic iPhone. The Electrician. "How you holding up?"

Me likey!
Altamonte Springs, FL
phogan
3417 days ago
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Sonic laptop. The Banker. "You dun got a hacked twitter account son."

I don't like this character.
Massapequa Park, NY
mitteration
3417 days ago
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Sonic frisbee. The Architect. "I'm getting a calzone."
infogulch
3417 days ago
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Sonic pocketknife. The nurse. "Let me try again"
Missouri
ChrisDL
3417 days ago
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Sonic female sunglasses. The Cardiologist. "Just about there"
New York
glenniebun
3417 days ago
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Sonic cell phone. The Chemist. "Seems reasonable!"
CT USA
MEVincent
3417 days ago
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Sonic waterbottle, the Minister, "How was it?"
Manassas, Virginia
squinky
3417 days ago
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Sonic euphonium. The Doctor. "Jacob's picking me up, so it's all good."

(My mom is actually a doctor.)
Santa Cruz, CA
HarlandCorbin
3419 days ago
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Sonic laptop. The Professor. "Yes"
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Sonic Drumstick. The Alpaca Farmer. "Okeydoke. I'll go ahead and eat then."
angelchrys
3419 days ago
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Sonic Slinky. The Manager. "I'm entering into a co-dependent relationship with beer."
Overland Park, KS
3ba
3419 days ago
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Sonic pencil. The Imam. "I think so."
klohrenz
3419 days ago
Sonic Scissors. The Microbiologist. "Excellent. What kind?"
skorgu
3419 days ago
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Sonic paper towel. The Carpenter.
jepler
3419 days ago
Sonic pillow. The Delivery Driver. "Don't worry, it won't go bad."

Mark as read by number of days and other improvements

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Here’s a few big improvements for the NewsBlur website.

  • The site title bar is now mounted to the bottom of the screen. This will allow you to mark a site/folder as read at any time.
  • Marking as read can go back a configurable amount: 1, 3, 7, and 14 days back.

  • If you’re reading in newest-first order, when you mark a site as read, any newer stories that have come in since you’ve loaded the site will no longer be marked as read.
  • When you add, move, or delete a site or folder, all of your open web browsers will reload to correctly show the change. This allows you to have NewsBlur open at home and at work, knowing they will be synced when you change or add sites.

You may be thinking to yourself, 1, 3, and 7 days back makes sense, but why 14 if the unread limit is at 14 days? Why, having 14 days as an option would only make sense if the full limit was… (stay tuned).

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DivinoAG
3432 days ago
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On the bottom? Sorry but that makes no design sense. All navigation, along with the feed titles on groups are all on the top, why would I need to look down to find the group title? I think that's a bad choice. :/
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geoffwood
3432 days ago
Got to agree with that. It's now floating off on it's own about as far away as possible from all the other frequently used controls. Makes ZERO sense to me.
njr
3432 days ago
I complained too and it's getting fixed soon (https://getsatisfaction.com/newsblur/topics/_mark_all_as_read_function_when_folder_contents_is_displayed_is_missing).
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emanners
3200 days ago
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kemayo
3432 days ago
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"when you mark a site as read" -- does that also apply to the main river?
St Louis, MO
JonKnight
3431 days ago
very confusing change. cannot seem to get the mark as read to work at all.
BLueSS
3432 days ago
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"Why, having 14 days as an option would only make sense if the full limit was… (stay tuned)."

COULD IT BE?!
gazuga
3432 days ago
30 days is the new limit Samuel is aiming to implement. He was very gracious in a long support thread about it.
austinstorm
3431 days ago
Yes! My one remaining complaint about NewsBlur.
Aissen
3431 days ago
At last ! Would be awesome !
samuel
3429 days ago
…and done. See the blog post just above this one.

How to get rid of all ads and toolbars in µTorrent

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The µTorrent BitTorrent client is without doubt one of the most popular of its kind. Much of it comes from the fact that it works more or less out of the box, is rather light on system resources, and ships with enough advanced options to spend the better half of the day configuring the client.

Complaints have increased in recent time though. Especially the toolbar and adware offers during installation and upgrade, as well as the advertisement that is displayed in the player when it is running have been mentioned in this regard.

The following guide walks you through the process of installing µTorrent on your PC without installing the program's adware and toolbar offers at the same time. The second part of the guide looks at advanced settings in the client to get rid of the advertisement displayed in the program interface.

Installing µTorrent

You can download the latest version of the program from the official website. Here you find downloads for all platforms, access to beta versions, the Android version of the client and µTorrent Plus, the commercial version of the program.

Note: Version 3.3.1 Build 29812 as of June 28 for Windows has been used in the guide. Newer or older versions may handle things different. It is however likely that for the most part, only ads that are offered to you during installation are changed.

Run the installer on your system after you have downloaded it. The first screen highlights the version of the client that is about to be installed on the system. Hit next here.

utorrent setup version

The warning screen informs you that µTorrent scams exist on the Internet and that you should only download the program from the official website. Just click next again.

utorrent warning

The next screen displays the license agreement. You need to click on I agree to continue with the installation. Here you find information that the program uses OpenCandy to power the advertisement offers during setup.

This installer uses the OpenCandy network to recommend other software you may find valuable during the installation of this software. OpenCandy collects NON-personally identifiable information about this installation and the recommendation process. Collection of this information ONLY occurs during this installation and the recommendation process; in accordance with OpenCandy's Privacy Policy, available at www.opencandy.com/privacy-policy

utorrent license agreement

You can select to create a start menu entry, quick launch icon or desktop icon on the next page of the installer. Click next once you are finished making the selection here. No installation directory was displayed here which felt strange.

install location

The configuration screen will map .torrent files, magnet links and .btsearch files to uTorrent automatically unless you uncheck the option here. The program adds an exception to Windows Firewall and runs it on startup as well unless you disable those options here.

configuration

The next offer is an official one, that is offering a free download to all users. This is Bagboy by the Pixies at the time of writing. Just uncheck the "Yes, I'd love to check out this free download" before you click next to ignore the offer.

bittorrent offer

Make sure you check the "notify me before installing updates" option on the next screen. This displays information about available updates on the screen so that you can control when and how they are installed.

automatic updates

The first adware offer comes on the next page. While offers may differ, you can usually find out if the offer is an advertisement or not by looking at the buttons on the page. If you see accept or decline, it is usually an ad.

This is for Conduit which you may not want to install on your system. Click on Decline Offer to pass.

free search protect offer

The second offer is displayed on the next page. You find accept or decline radio buttons here. Note that you also see back and finish buttons here. Make sure you select Decline on the page and then Finish.

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You may alternatively get an offer to install the uTorent Browser Bar or another toolbar. The screen looks like the following:

utorren ads

Make sure you uncheck all three options here before you click on the next button.

Configuring µTorrent

The µTorrent program starts right after you click on the finish button. The following part of the guide looks only at ads displayed in the client and not at configuring the client in general.

So called in-content ads have been introduced in µTorrent 3.2.2. These ads show up on top of your torrent listing and in the lower left box of the client.

utorrent ads

To disable those ads do the following:

  1. Click on Options > Preferences.
  2. Switch to the Advanced menu.
  3. Enter offers in the filter box.

utorrent offers

  • Set offers.content_offer_autoexec to false.
  • Set offers.content_offer_url to blank.
  • Set offers.left_rail_offer_enabled to false.
  • Set offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled to false.

You need to restart uTorrent before the changes take effect. The top in-torrent ad is removed after the restart while the lower left box ad is replaced with a generic uTorrent Plus offer.

Other preferences that you may want to set to false:

  • gui.show_plus_upsell (removes the plus ad that you see in the lower left corner).
  • bt.enable_pulse

Ad offers may also be displayed to you when you are upgrading the client, so keep that in mind.

Verdict

You have to pay attention to the installation or upgrade dialog of uTorrent to make sure that you do not install adware or other unwanted software on your system. Note that other offers may be displayed to you which makes it difficult to write a guide that prepares you for all eventualities.

It is important that you read each page of the installer carefully to avoid making mistakes in this regard.

The post How to get rid of all ads and toolbars in µTorrent appeared first on gHacks Technology News | Latest Tech News, Software And Tutorials.

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DivinoAG
3509 days ago
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If you use Bittorrent, this post is a must-read!
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Insight

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The great thing is, the sentence is really just a reminder to the listener to worry about whatever aspects of the technology they're already feeling alarmist about, which in their mind gives you credit for addressing their biggest anxieties.
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DivinoAG
3546 days ago
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Comments on this post seem to be completely missing the point. He's not trying to say that we should question all tech, he is saying that to question tech when you don't really have any insights is just a way for people to *appear wise*.
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KieraKujisawa
3545 days ago
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Heh, that comment does work for everything...
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mistercheese
3546 days ago
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Yes
San Francisco, California
bronzehedwick
3546 days ago
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Man that's true.
Tarrytown, NY
Dadster
3547 days ago
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Gee, I don't know. What could possibly go wrong?
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tedder
3547 days ago
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indeed. and kids with their iphones. and self-driving cars. and ABS. and airbags. and flying!
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rgsunico
3547 days ago
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This SOOO works!

Misogyny, Sexism, And Why RPS Isn’t Shutting Up

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There were two sessions in a row on Wednesday afternoon at this year’s GDC. The first was a panel of women in the games industry, discussing the causes and results of the #1ReasonWhy and #1ReasonToBe phenomena – the reasons to be and not be in the games industry. The second was Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian, talking about the positive and negative consequences of her Kickstarter campaign, and the way forward from here. I came out of the first – vivid, passionate declarations of purpose from the likes of Leigh Alexander, Mattie Brice and Brenda Romero – feeling certain that the industry and its audience was on a wave of significant change. An hour later I came out of the second – Sarkeesian’s challenging and demanding story of recent horror – re-grounded to the current reality, introspective, and further determined.

There is a clear message: Rock, Paper, Shotgun will never back down on the subject of sexism and misogyny (nor racism, nor homophobia, for that matter) in games, the games industry, and the games journalism industry. Good times are ahead – we can see them.

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DivinoAG
3592 days ago
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Brilliant article, and a position I wish all gaming websites would take.
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glindsey1979
3590 days ago
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I LOVE this article. It describes my position to a T.
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skorgu
3591 days ago
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Enthusiastic cosign.
DerBonk
3592 days ago
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This is one of the reasons I like RPS so much.
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fivemetalshrike
3592 days ago
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This pleases me.
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RedSonja
3592 days ago
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This was great to read first thing this morning. Being an ally done right.
smadin
3593 days ago
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John Walker's a good fellow. I'm glad he's written this.
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