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EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram's tweets documenting the malfeasance).

Considerations when planning a newsletter

There are many reasons to start an email newsletter, for instance to help with a membership campaign. But maybe you just want to drive traffic or, heaven forbid, serve your readers! Whatever it is, this guide will help you think through your daily newsletter product.

Fairmount Park Trolley Trail (history and maps)

Nestled within West Fairmount Park–at times mere feet away from the Schuykill Expressway–there exist the remains of a sprawling and once-vital transportation system of the 20th century.

Update from newspaperland, tariff edition

A few months ago I previewed the near future of the newspaper industry. I wanted to share a material update regarding tariffs on newsprint and how the subsequent COGS increase is wreaking havoc on already precarious newsco budgets.

The people you meet at WordCamp

Last weekend I presented at WordCamp Lancaster and had a great time. When I did this last time, I wrote about driving route 30 (the historic Lincoln Highway), but this year I wanted to spotlight a few other attendees, as it's the people that make WordCamp worth attending. And really, it's the people that make WordPress and other open source communities so special.

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