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A designer for Tumblr says Tumblr is blue, and “dark,” because nobody notices blue. “Everything’s blue,” he says. “Posts are bright on that blue background and lifted up with shadows.” Blue is for the parts you “don’t need immediately.” You can make your Tumblr any color you want; it will appear that way to you, and to people to come directly to your page on their own. Your Tumblr doesn’t have to be blue until it shares space with others.


Internet, Why So Blue?

The sky suggests infinity but the little screen on dad’s phone seems to supply it. What is the answer, then, when a child asks: Why is the internet blue?

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Weekend reads. 

Please remember to turn off your computer brain before boarding the airplane.
Aside from the addition of a whole lot more screens, daily life for most people doesn’t look much different than it did 10 or 15 years ago. But if scientists and eager startups are to be believed, the next few decades will be busting at the seams with dramatic, sci-fi inspired innovations, like synthetic meat, drone technology, and autonomous cars.
If these technologies pan out, the world will not only look very different, it will have to operate differently too. In a Tumblr called Signs from the Near Future ( signsfromthenearfuture ), designer Fernando Barbella explores what signage will look like when we have to absorb all of these innovations into human culture—perhaps there will be advertising discounts on test-tube burgers, or airport warnings for travelers who may have forgotten to turn off their computer brains.
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Please remember to turn off your computer brain before boarding the airplane.

Aside from the addition of a whole lot more screens, daily life for most people doesn’t look much different than it did 10 or 15 years ago. But if scientists and eager startups are to be believed, the next few decades will be busting at the seams with dramatic, sci-fi inspired innovations, like synthetic meat, drone technology, and autonomous cars.

If these technologies pan out, the world will not only look very different, it will have to operate differently too. In a Tumblr called Signs from the Near Future ( signsfromthenearfuture ), designer Fernando Barbella explores what signage will look like when we have to absorb all of these innovations into human culture—perhaps there will be advertising discounts on test-tube burgers, or airport warnings for travelers who may have forgotten to turn off their computer brains.

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Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social media site, your identity and feed can only fit into one strict template. You are but a series of unique photos trapped in an otherwise universal layout.
Tumblr wants to change that with their updated iOS and Android app, launched today. The new app will, for the first time, enable users to edit their Tumblrs on mobile devices.
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Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social media site, your identity and feed can only fit into one strict template. You are but a series of unique photos trapped in an otherwise universal layout.

Tumblr wants to change that with their updated iOS and Android app, launched today. The new app will, for the first time, enable users to edit their Tumblrs on mobile devices.

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Though well intentioned Tumblrs approach to blocking porn by making certain tags accessible via search has already backfired.

We originally reported on Tumblr’s new porn-blocking technique as a clever way to filter out porn for users who don’t want to see it while not limiting freedom of expression. Unfortunately, it looks like the decision had some unintended consequences.

By blocking the tags #gay, #lesbian, and #bisexual from search results in mobile apps, Tumblr blacklisted a lot of advocacy content in addition to porn, which has some LGBTQ users calling it “a crackdown on our very identities.”

Tumblr now has new guidelines for handling adult content and new reports reveal that Tumblr is making adult sites (10% of the network) essentially invisible. At first glance, these moves appear to be an extension of the existing NSFW tagging system that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer openly praised. Blogs that feature adult content are now tagged “NSFW” or “adult.” According to Tumblr’s guidelines, NSFW blogs “contain occasional nudity or mature/adult-oriented content” while adult blogs “contain substantial nudity or mature/adult-oriented content.” Interestingly, NSFW blogs are only mildly affected by the changes (they no longer appear in logged-out dashboards, or in tag pages or mobile apps for users who aren’t following you), adult blogs, on the other hand, are virtually disappeared from the network and unsearchable by Google Bing, and other search engines.
This change is far from surprising. If anything, it’s just a continuation of Tumblr’s ghettoization of adult content that began the day the company removed erotica from its official directory listing. And really, given the extremely hardcore nature of much of Tumblr’s content, and the associated legal issues that come with that content, it’s not that surprising to see this kind of crackdown. But buried in the discussion of this announcement is one key detail that hasn’t gotten much discussion: Whose content, exactly, is deemed NSFW, and who is deemed adult?

Tumblr now has new guidelines for handling adult content and new reports reveal that Tumblr is making adult sites (10% of the network) essentially invisible. At first glance, these moves appear to be an extension of the existing NSFW tagging system that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer openly praised. Blogs that feature adult content are now tagged “NSFW” or “adult.” According to Tumblr’s guidelines, NSFW blogs “contain occasional nudity or mature/adult-oriented content” while adult blogs “contain substantial nudity or mature/adult-oriented content.” Interestingly, NSFW blogs are only mildly affected by the changes (they no longer appear in logged-out dashboards, or in tag pages or mobile apps for users who aren’t following you), adult blogs, on the other hand, are virtually disappeared from the network and unsearchable by Google Bing, and other search engines.

This change is far from surprising. If anything, it’s just a continuation of Tumblr’s ghettoization of adult content that began the day the company removed erotica from its official directory listing. And really, given the extremely hardcore nature of much of Tumblr’s content, and the associated legal issues that come with that content, it’s not that surprising to see this kind of crackdown. But buried in the discussion of this announcement is one key detail that hasn’t gotten much discussion: Whose content, exactly, is deemed NSFW, and who is deemed adult?

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Happy Hump Day Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
An app called Cat Academy will teach spanish and other languages through pictures of cute cats. Me(ow) gusta! 
Analysts say that the U.S. retail safety plan for Bangladesh factories is weak, especially in comparison to its European equivalent.
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano was forced to abandon his spacewalk after a suit malfunction that filled his helmet with water. Scary! 
The Google Glass team considered 'pew pew pew' and 'go go glass' before they went with its trigger term, ‘Ok glass.’
Airbnb is slowing international hiring and reorganizing in an attempt to prevent startup burnout. 
As we reported earlier today, Tumblr has fixed a bug in its iOS app and recommends that users change their passwords.
Jay-Z’s new album set a record on Spotify with 14-million whole album streams.
Watch out Apple! Google just released its iOS Maps 2.0 update. 
Fresh Apple rumors are milling. A new iPhone with features like a finger print reader and lighter, plastic components may be in the works.
Thanks to a team that lugged a trolley camera around the Parisian landmark, Google Street View users are getting a view from the Eiffel Tower.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Happy Hump Day Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • An app called Cat Academy will teach spanish and other languages through pictures of cute cats. Me(ow) gusta! 

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Tumblr has fixed a security flaw it found on its iOS app.
Very little information was given about the bug, but the firm suggested users change their passwords immediately.
This was posted yesterday on the staff blog.

We have just released a very important security update for our iPhone and iPad apps addressing an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances. Please download the update now.
If you’ve been using these apps, you should also update your password on Tumblr and anywhere else you may have been using the same password. 
Please know that we take your security very seriously and are tremendously sorry for this lapse and inconvenience.

So change your password peeps!

Tumblr has fixed a security flaw it found on its iOS app.

Very little information was given about the bug, but the firm suggested users change their passwords immediately.

This was posted yesterday on the staff blog.

We have just released a very important security update for our iPhone and iPad apps addressing an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances. Please download the update now.

If you’ve been using these apps, you should also update your password on Tumblr and anywhere else you may have been using the same password. 

Please know that we take your security very seriously and are tremendously sorry for this lapse and inconvenience.

So change your password peeps!