Update: the accuracy of the following information has now been reviewed, and Newsblur is not guilty as charged. See the comments. I’m more than happy now to commend Newsblur.com to you as a news reader.
I posted the original of this article at 7:31 pm EST, 7 Feb. 2015. I have adjusted the time on it to slide this post down the page. It needs to remain on the blog, as a record available to the Newsblur folks I’ve emailed, but it doesn’t need to be featured.
I am a great fan of RSS feed readers, but it has come to my attention that Newsblur’s version of a feed reader is something different. According to what I’ve been able to discover, especially from here, is that Newsblur copies content off blogs and uses it as a hook to sell the premium version of its services. That violates my both my copyright and my intentions for this blog.
I’m posting this now so that any Newsblur reader will know I am implementing a security feature to block Newsblur’s access to this blog. I trust you will understand.
I have sent the following email to [email protected] and [email protected]
This is a friendly first request that you immediately remove all existing content from www.thinkingchristian.net
from Newsblur’s servers, due to gross violation of copyright.
Further update: Following the tests now completed, I have emailed the same persons: