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ExtraBITS for 9 June 2014

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In this week’s ExtraBITS, Josh Centers talked about WWDC on The Tech Night Owl podcast; our own Tonya Engst, Michael Cohen, and Glenn Fleishman discussed digital publishing; HBO’s John Oliver crashed the FCC’s commenting system; and Apple turns out to have a powerful ally in the battle for the quantified self.

Josh Centers Discusses WWDC Announcements on The Tech Night Owl -- Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Gene Steinberg on The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss the flood of new products and features Apple announced at this year’s WWDC, including OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, iCloud Drive, and Swift.

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The Ins and Outs of Digital Publishing Discussed -- Digital publisher and podcaster Glenn Fleishman has a new podcast, The Periodicalist, and its second episode (though the first to be recorded) features our own Tonya Engst and Michael Cohen, and Macworld’s Serenity Caldwell discussing how you go about making digital books these days. Insights and war stories sprinkle the conversation as it ranges over all the things you need to know and do to be an epublisher.

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John Oliver Crashes the FCC for Net Neutrality -- Daily Show alumnus John Oliver, who now hosts HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” crashed the FCC’s comment system after encouraging viewers to pelt the commission with comments about its latest “net neutrality” proposal, which would enable “fast lanes” for content providers who pay ISPs. The FCC’s comment system was down for much of the day on 2 June 2014, but still managed to log 1,414 comments about the proposed regulations. Be sure to follow the link in the article for Oliver’s hilarious (though explicit — this is HBO, after all) video explaining net neutrality.

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Apple’s New Health App Could be Epic -- During this year’s WWDC keynote, Apple announced Health, a new app in iOS 8 that will aggregate data from various health trackers like the Fitbit in one place. But the real trick up Apple’s sleeve might be its partnership with Epic Systems, the leading electronic health records company in the United States, holding about 40 percent of U.S. health records. The Health app will be able to interface directly with Epic’s health records.

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