Saturday, 22 May 2010

The Weekly Links Post: No. 10

Welcome, again, to another entirely subjective selection of 15 links, humanely culled from my week's online reading and roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below:

Selected Highlights from Guardian Technology
(Because otherwise I just don't get around to reading it now it's no longer in the print edition).

Cory Doctorow on the dangers of claiming 'Information wants to be free'.

James Murdoch unhappy with British Library's plan to digitise its newspaper archive; News Corp in talks with Google.

Google has its eyes on TV now; and on showing up Apple.

While The Times is putting up its paywalls, The Guardian is opening things up with Open Platform.

Social Media

Yet another prominent music blog closed by Google, apparently unfairly and with little right of appeal.

Youropenbook: see Facebook status updates that probably shouldn't be seen. (The aim of the site is to highlight the need for simpler Facebook privacy settings.)

Check and alter your own Facebook privacy settings
with a simple bookmarklet from

Books, Writing & Storytelling

An interesting experiment over on the Everyday Genius blog: a short story written live, online and in public using collaborative editing software.

Exploring the possibilities of using WordPress as a book publishing platform.

7 add-ons for turning Firefox into the ultimate writers' suite.

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads

Learn a foreign language with public domain textbooks and audio from the US government's Foreign Service Institute.

Keep up to date with the latest, most useful Firefox tips, news and add-ons at the Firefox Facts blog.


Playlistify: create Spotify playlists from iTunes, YouTube, and WinAmp playlists, share them, and discover other people's.

Games & Other Distractions

Cluesweeper: a diverting cross between Cluedo and Minesweeper.


Come to Cornwall for sun, sea and... er... solar panels, apparently.

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