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Medium plans to release iOS reading app next week

Blog publishing platform Medium will unveil an iOS app next week, its first foray into mobile since its 2012 launch, according to a Fortune report.

The app is designed for consumption of content rather than creation on the platform, at least initially, Medium co-founder and CEO Evan Williams revealed Thursday night during Fortune's Brainstorm Tech dinner in Menlo Park, Calif. The report did not indicate when an Android version would be available.

Williams, who also founded Twitter and Blogger, said that the platform's user base has experienced rapid user growth in recent months, ballooning from 9 million unique … Read more

Time Lord cats, drones: Tumblr's newly updated policies entertain

Blogging communities are often full of trolls and ruiners-of-fun, so legal documents like terms of service, community guidelines, and privacy policies are standard not only to protect users, but also to protect companies from an army of lawyers descending on their doorsteps.

Popular blogging site Tumblr is no different in that it posts these documents and updates them regularly, just as any community-driven site would. However, they also reflect the personalities of their users in the most entertaining way possible.

Tumblr's privacy policy, terms of service, and community guidelines, modified on January 27, are not only informative but also full of funny advice and positive affirmation for Tumblr users. … Read more

Tumblr lets loose its first Transparency Report

In an effort to be fully open, Tumblr unveiled a Transparency Report on Monday that detailed all government requests for user data. This report shows that in 2013, the company received 462 requests and it gave the government data 76 percent of the time. Tumblr said that from now on it will publish these Transparency Reports twice a year.

"Consistent with our core principles, we'd like to shine some light on an issue that is deeply important to both our community and the greater public: government requests for user information," Tumblr wrote in a blog post. "… Read more

Blogging deemed beneath the hallowed halls of academia

To blog, or not to blog: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer.

In a battle worthy of Shakespeare's famous scene in Hamlet, some members of the academic world have been raging. No, the fight wasn't about revenge for murder, it was about whether scholars should be allowed to blog.

The International Studies Association, a scholarly association with 6,200 members, announced on Monday that editors of its journals should be banned from blogging, according to the Guardian. The group said that the move was necessary for "maintaining and promoting a professional … Read more

10 reasons why you should ignore tech posts that begin with '10 reasons why'

1. There are rarely 10 reasons for anything. Sometimes, there are only two or three. These involve ego, need for love and conformism. But other times, there are very many. There might be 5 reasons why you should buy a Nexus 7. Or only one. Some might think there are 8 reasons why an Xbox One will get them through the holiday season. There are, though, 423 reasons why Microsoft Word will, in the end, drive you crazy.

2. When you start out knowing you have to find 10 reasons for something, how many of those are likely to be … Read more

Classics Corner: 16V dreams

When you reach a certain age, you begin to look back on the motoring world with a huge dose of nostalgia. You don't so much visit Specsavers for an annual checkup as to submit a repeat prescription for a pair of rose-tinted glasses. You see, when it comes to cars, time is a great leveller. I introduced this dusty corner of XCAR as a focus on the automotive twilight zone.

The period between classic and modern where only true enthusiasts dare tread. The unashamedly old school and unfashionable department of XCAR. You'll find us in the basement. Head … Read more

iOS 7 snags 5M social-media mentions in one day

iOS 7 lit up the social networks this week.

On its September 18 launch day alone, the new version of Apple's mobile OS grabbed more than 5 million mentions among social-media users, according to social media agency We Are Social. In comparison, iOS 6 captured only 749,505 mentions during its launch day last year.

Part of the gain in mentions was certainly due to the rising use of social networks, the firm said on Friday. But the data also shows that iOS 7 was a major topic of conversation.

Including both Wednesday and Thursday, the social comments about … Read more

Join CNET on Wednesday for Asus' live media event at IDF

On Wednesday, Asus is hosting a media event in San Francisco and CNET will be there to bring you live coverage. Join me, my fellow CNET editor Xiomara Blanco, and photo man (or "photographer," as he prefers to be called) James Martin as we bring you on-point and insightful -- with equal doses of objectivity and good-natured pithiness -- coverage of the event.

This comes right smack-dab in the middle of IDF (Intel Developer Forum), so it's a good bet most of what we'll see will be of the Intel/Windows 8 (or 8.1) variety. … Read more

Apple's Sept. 10 event: Join us Tuesday (live blog)

Apple's holding a special event Tuesday, and we'll be there live to bring you the news.

The press conference, at which the company is strongly expected to introduce new models of the iPhone, takes place at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., and kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. We'll start the live blog about an hour before Apple officially kicks off its event, along with a live video show from CNET's headquarters in nearby San Francisco.

You can tune in to the live blog here:

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Brew your coffee with splash of Wi-Fi

CNET Update is dreaming of plastic doodles:

In this episode of Update:

- Prepare for your future coffee maker and slow cooker to connect to Wi-Fi.

- Get crafty with the 3Doodler, a hand-held 3D printer in the style of a hot-glue gun.

- Boost the battery life of the next Surface tablet with the rumored power keyboard cover.

- Spot the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the states beginning in early October.

- Follow Apple's announcement live with CNET on Tuesday Sept. 10. The event begins at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, with CNET's pre-show … Read more