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  1. I keep being very confused by the BBC’s announcements about this new podcast system. They say things like “you can hear the News Quiz 28 days before anyone else!”, which sounds very exciting, and as much as I would like to hear a satirical take on the news of next month, what they mean is that you won’t be able to hear the News Quiz for 28 days unless you install the iPlayer app.

    In general though, the whole thing sounds pretty terrible and like another step in the direction away from open standards (RSS has been, for the last nearly 20 years, been the technological basis for podcasting, and it’s delightfully simple). These days, it seems that we’re just going to end up with half a dozen enormous and incompatible corporate systems, much like TV streaming services. The BBC is surely one organisation that could’ve fought against this.

  2. The World According to Wikipedia

    In this episode we talk to Gavin Willshaw about using WikiSource in the Library of Scotland.

    Rebecca explains the Pokemon test and the hero of the Episode are the organisers behind the Arctic Knot conference.

  3. Charlie Mackesy

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    Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together, in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love.

  4. Planet Money (NPR podcast)

    Today on the show, we bring you the journey of a vaccine from a factory, and into the arms of billions of people. It involves sand. Minerals that primarily come from just one country. Ice that doesn’t melt. And… planes. Lots of planes. So many planes.

  5. Geocities was an online collection of metropolises, each with their own neighborhoods built around shared interests. The city metaphor helped make a whole new group of users understand the world wide web for the first time. At its peak, it was the third most popular destination on the internet, but it quickly fell out of fashion as the web became more commodified and professional. Before it shuttered, a few digital archivists scooped up as much data as possible before all that early internet experimentation could be deleted.