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Apple Acquires Dark Sky

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Adam Grossman on the Dark Sky blog:

Today we have some important and exciting news to share: Dark Sky has joined Apple.

Part of me wonders what took so long. Dark Sky is simply an outstanding app and service — I’ve been a devoted fan from the get-go in 2012 and have written about Dark Sky many times.

For now, the iOS app remains available (and is still sold for $4). The Android app and website will stop working on July 1. As for their API service:

Our API service for existing customers is not changing today, but we will no longer accept new signups. The API will continue to function through the end of 2021.

That’s a generous grace period. But to my knowledge there is no other service like Dark Sky’s, and it powers a lot of apps, including the excellent Carrot Weather and Weather Line apps. Dark Sky is also the weather provider for DuckDuckGo and Yelp.

I’m hoping that Apple has acquired Dark Sky not merely to beef up the built-in iPhone Weather app (Apple has no first-party Weather app for iPad or Mac, curiously), but to add hyperlocal weather forecasting APIs to its OSes. This would add a competitive advantage for iOS and MacOS both in terms of weather and privacy. Third-party weather apps are notorious for abusing location privileges.

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fxer
1 day ago
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Bummer, really been enjoying Carrot Weather which uses that api
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DMack
9 hours ago
well the good news is the weather outside is irrelevant this year :P
jhamill
1 day ago
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"That's a generous grace period." - FOR THE LARGEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD TO STOP SERVICING CUSTOMERS ON THE TWO LARGEST PLATFORMS IN THE WORLD. And those customers also include other companies, not just end users.

(no, I'm not mad about the decision to kill the Android and Web app of Dark Sky. Not at all.)
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jhamill
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Unfit for office. Any office. Always has been.
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jhamill
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It is criminal that we are months into this and we are not testing everyone in America.
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jhamill
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A 5 year old could come up with a better lie than that.
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tingham
1 day ago
My 13 year old son tries this all the time; doesn't work at 80 either.
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President Trump acknowledged Sunday for the first time that deaths in the United States from coronavirus could reach 100,000 or more, adding that if the death toll stays at or below 100,000, “we all together have done a very good job,” CNN reports.

Earlier today, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted between 100,000 and 200,000 would likely die.

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jhamill
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If the federal government had taken drastic action earlier we wouldn't be saying 100k deaths is a "good job".
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tingham
2 days ago
I'm imagining that this is the Facebook pre-PR strategy and we'll see an order of magnitude more
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