The Provisioning-Profiles Edition Thursday, March 2, 2017

Apple Kicks Provisioning Profile Expirations Down The Road, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Apple has “solved” this problem by making it so that Developer ID provisioning profiles generated after 22 February 2017 will be valid for a whopping 18 years, regardless of the expiration date of the associated certificate!

Uber Case Could Be A Watershed For Women In Tech, by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

Still, the Uber scandal feels different. It feels like a watershed. For gender-diversity advocates in the tech industry, Ms. Fowler’s allegations, and the public outcry they have ignited, offer a possibility that something new may be in the offing.

What could happen? Something innovative: This could be the start of a deep, long-term and thorough effort to remake a culture that has long sidelined women — not just at Uber but across the tech business, too.

The Not-So-Surprising Survival Of Foursquare, by Aaron Gell, New Yorker

Shortly after he joined the company, in 2012, Foursquare’s president, Steven Rosenblatt, stumbled upon an insight many consumer-technology companies were having around the same time: that the user data it had been scooping up for years, carefully sifted and repackaged, were exceedingly valuable to marketers. “The more I started to get under the hood, the more I was like, ‘I don’t know if you guys have realized it but you’re actually sitting on a tremendous amount of gold,’ ” Rosenblatt said. Ben Horowitz, a co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, who sits on Foursquare’s board, agreed. “I said, ‘I swear to God, there’s ten million dollars a year you can just scrape off the ground,’ ” he recalled.


Prisma Photo App Update Adds Filter Store, User-Created Filters Coming Soon, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Prisma says the new store will bring even more originality to user's creations, with the promise of new styles being added to the store every week, and possibly every day further down the line.

ClassPass Founder Wants To Revolutionize Lunchtime, by Vince Dixon, Eater

There are three types of office lunches: one brought from home, one delivered, and one carried out from a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Until now, the tech startup scene has all but gobbled up consumers of the first two via delivery apps, online-only restaurants, and prepared-meal delivery. But Mary Biggins — who co-founded ClassPass in 2013 — and her co-founder in Mealpal, Katie Ghelli, hope to capture the third with their one-year-old startup.

Medium Launches Snapchat Stories, But For Medium, by David Pierce, Wired

The easiest way to explain Series is this: It’s Snapchat Stories, except they don’t expire after 24 hours and you can’t swipe down to open a link. Also you can’t do any of the fun things you can do in Stories.


The PC Is Being Redefined, by Walt Mossberg, Recode

But the signs of a shift to ARM only set the stage for a bigger development: The migration of the most important modern software platforms, Android and iOS, to laptops and other traditional hardware that once defined the old kind of PC.

This is an exciting idea, for sure. But, I believe it won’t matter much until Apple builds an ARM-based laptop running GPS. Here’s why.

U.S. Appeals Court Tosses Patent Verdict Against Apple, by Jan Wolfe, Reuters

The trial judge vacated the large damages award a few months after a Texas federal jury imposed it in February 2015, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said on Wednesday the judge should have ruled Smartflash's patents invalid and set aside the verdict entirely.