Daniel Jalkut on Apple News

Apple News And The Open Web | Bitsplitting.org:

I’m optimistic that Apple’s News app will be a strike against centralized services such as Medium, Twitter, and Facebook. A strike against signing over content to a 3rd party mediator for the sake of a greater chance at connecting to an audience. Apple may not be the world’s best technology company when it comes to either storing data or building a social network around it, but they are damned good at building a captive audience of delighted users who trust the company to provide access to a variety of 3rd party content.

Calling iMessage an impressive social network is a bit of a stretch considering my messages still sync across devices in seemingly any order. I don’t know if the News app is going to pull anyone who’s dedicated to RSS away from it, but it might be great for those who aren’t.

The Cheapest Generation

Link: The Cheapest Generation

Article in The Atlantic about how millennials just aren’t as interested in buying houses and cars as our parents:

The largest generation in American history might never spend as lavishly as its parents did—nor on the same things. Since the end of World War II, new cars and suburban houses have powered the world’s largest economy and propelled our most impressive recoveries. Millennials may have lost interest in both.

I don’t know if I’m different than other people my age — this article says I’m not — but debt of any kind has always scared the crap out of me. It’s difficult for me to paint buying a new car or a house in any other terms than a lot of money I’m going to owe someone else. I just can’t get more excited about either of those things than I am scared of the debt they represent.