October 28, 2015 Last Updated 9:00 am

‘Marco Rubio should resign’ Florida daily says in editorial; Senate passes cybersecurity bill over objections of tech firms

Morning Brief: Amazon update for iOS music app now allows users to queue up their music without having to create a playlist; The New Yorker Magazine app gets library bug fix

The Sun Sentinel, the Tribune Publishing owned daily newspaper that serves Broward County, Florida, last night posted an editorial calling on Senator Marco Rubio to resign under the headline Marco Rubio should resign, not rip us off.

Sun-front-440“Rubio has missed more votes than any other senator this year. His seat is regularly empty for floor votes, committee meetings and intelligence briefings. He says he’s MIA from his J-O-B because he finds it frustrating and wants to be president, instead,” the editorial states.

The editorial was unusual enough that The New York Times noticed and wrote about it. But local and national web readers may find the editorial frustrating to access due to the paper’s metered paywall and pop-up solicitations to subscribe. This likely has depressed the story’s rank in Google News as it falls below not only the NYT story about the editorial, but stories from a New Orleans TV station, CNN and other websites.

The timing of the editorial, the day before the next Republican debate, will certainly be questioned as Rubio’s poor voting record has been known for a while. Additionally, Rubio has already announced that he will not run for reelection.

The Sun-Sentinel has a circulation of 120,957 Monday-Friday, 203,041 on Sunday and endorsed Rubio for the Senate in 2010.

Apple may be one of the world’s largest and most profitable companies, but its influence in Washington appears to be minimal. The Cupertino company recently came out against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which allows companies to share information on cybersecurity threats with the government and other companies. Promoted by Senator Diane Feinstein of California, the bill breezed through the Senate yesterday on a 74 to 21 vote. Senators Al Franken and Bernie Sanders voted no, but both California Senators voted yes. All four Republican Senators who are running for President missed the vote.

wiretap-300“We don’t support the current CISA proposal,” Apple said in a statement given to The Washington Post last week. “The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.”

The House passed a similar piece of legislation earlier this year and now moves to a conference committee.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation said they were disappointed in the vote, calling the bill “fundamentally flawed due to its broad immunity clauses, vague definitions, and aggressive spying authorities.”

“The passage of CISA reflects the misunderstanding many lawmakers have about technology and security. Computer security engineers were against it. Academics were against it. Technology companies, including some of Silicon Valley’s biggest like Twitter and Salesforce, were against it. Civil society organizations were against it. And constituents sent over 1 million faxes opposing CISA to Senators,” the EFF said.

Only a handful of media app updates were released in the past 24 hours. One of them, for Condé Nast’s The New Yorker fixes a display bug in the app’s library.

Amazon-queue-iPhone-380A more interesting one is from Amazon for Amazon Music with Prime Music. The update solves a problem many music streamers encounter every day: how to queue up music without having to create a permanent playlist.

Amazon’s solution seems simple enough, and likely to be copied by other services.

What’s New in Version 5.2
Keep the music rolling with Play Queue. Simply click the three dots next to any song, playlist, artist, or album to get started. You will see options to “Play Now”, “Play Next”, or “Add to Play Queue”, and by clicking one of these options users can build up a list of music for playback. Users can also access the Play Queue for editing by clicking the three dots on the Now Playing screen. We have also added 3D Touch shortcuts on the home screen and support for iOS9.

BuzzFeed has updated its BF News mobile news app.

BuzzFeed’s developers like to have a little fun with their app descriptions, but I think they may have gone too far this time, writing a very confusing app description for the addition of a new widget:

What’s New in Version 1.8
Here’s What We’ve Been Up To On #teamnewsapp:

  • In this release we made lots of changes that aren’t ~visible~, but that make the app better faster stronger.
  • And we made one big visible change: we’ve built you a Today widget. If you’re already a pro at these, you know the drill. If you’ve no idea what we’re talking about, it’s a hidden-ish but useful iOS feature that lets you add information-y widgets to your “Today” view (the one next to notifications). To add ours, activate your Today view by swiping down from the top of your homescreen, and then scroll to the end till you see an ‘edit’ button. That’ll show you a list of all the available widgets that are either installed or available to add. Tap the + to add ours.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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