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Broken Feeds: Is RSS Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?

CNN Homepage 2015

I’m been fixing a bunch of broken feeds since the new year. It started with CNN, which launched a redesign at the beginning of the year. At the time, all of their RSS feeds were broken as a result of that (more about this later). Since they’re the second largest news site on the web, behind Yahoo! News, I still wanted to show them on the site.


Moved SimplePie File Caching to Database


A while back, My ISP told me my backups took half a day to complete, which is too long. If anything goes wrong during that period, the process would have to start all over again, which happened quite often.

The customer rep told me that my server had too many files, and even though they didn’t take up much disk space when added up, the process of copying each one of them takes a lot of time.


Google Reader Was A Victim Of Privacy Concerns, Reports AllThingsD

After having its hand slapped for information collection and exposure mishaps -- from Buzz to, most recently, Wi-Spy -- Google is wary of running afoul of regulators over privacy mistakes. Liz Gannes at AllThingsD reports that company sources tell her this fear was part of the reason for the company's unpopular decision to pull the plug on Google Reader: [T]he shutdown wasn’t just a matter of company culture and bigger priorities, sources said.


Alternatives to Google Reader

Google Reader is headed to the tech graveyard, with Google announcing that it will shut down the RSS service on July 1. The justification is that Google wants to continue its path to put more resources into fewer products — or, as Larry Page put it in 2011 “more wood behind fewer arrows.”


Google Reader to shut down July 1st

Google Reader

Google has announced yet another spring cleaning of its various services, and this time around, the company is giving the axe to its Google Reader RSS aggregator. The service, which originally launched back in 2005, will be officially put out to pasture on July 1st, 2013. Reader has gone through a number of iterations, but it had not been significantly updated in a long time. The last time that Google updated the product, it built in integration for the Google+ social network and removed Reader's own native sharing service, causing a bit of a backlash with die hard users. Google is offering users a way to export their Reader content, including lists of users that they follow and starred and liked articles.


Cron Jobs and Feed Updates


Lately, we’ve been adding more local news feeds to the site. Eventually, I want to have most of the major cities across the U.S. covered. What I had noticed since starting this local news project was that the more feeds we've added to the site, the slower the feeds on the homepage updated.


Really Simple Search: The Job Search Tool You Should Be Using

RSS Feeds

Everyone’s heard the expression: Job searching is a full time job. But it isn’t until you find yourself sitting in front of a laptop, eating take-out, and scrolling job sites night after night that you realize how much of your life becomes consumed by the search. It takes time to find the right position. And yes, it’s a lot of work. But, like anything, there are things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.


Site Updates: Fixed Feeds for Washington Post, Yahoo Buzz, and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Apparently, the Washington Post had a redesign recently and their feeds were modified. Yahoo Buzz also had some changes lately - seemed like they streamlined the site and eliminated some categories. It is one of those “sunset” sites that they’re either planning to shutdown or sell off. Ft. Worth Star-Telegram also had a redesign, but that was probably more than a couple months ago. I didn’t notice until a user emailed me. Feeds for those three sites have been updated across the different categories on the top nav.

UPDATE: Add to the list of updated feeds.


Exclusive: Bloglines Will Be Resurrected By IAC-Funded MerchantCircle

The saga continues. After informing us in September that the IAC-owned Bloglines was to be shut down permanently, (the IAC property that operates Bloglines) has resurrected the troubled RSS feeder, the company tells TechCrunch exclusively.


Most Fed Articles

Most Fed Articles

Look to the right of the homepage and you’ll see a new module called “Most Fed Articles.” They’re AP articles ranked by the number of times they’re being used in the top newspapers in the US within the last six hours. It’s a quick and easy way to see which AP news stories are most popular across the U.S. It’s one of the methods that I’ve been using to gauge which articles to feature as the top story, and now I’m making it available to you.


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