Not Invented Here, Google Edition

Plaidophile: So about that AMP-script thing I’ve long described Google as an incredibly curious and intelligent five-year-old with no concept of consequences or history. Right now they are seeming also like they’ve found an original historically-significant manuscript, torn a page out of it, scribbled all over it in crayon, and called it their own original …

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Reader Mode is my favourite browser superpower.

Reader Mode: The Button to Beat Tapping this button transports me to a land free of newsletter signup modals, surveys, pop-ups, pop-unders, flashing ad banners, automatically-playing video, app install prompts, breaking news alerts, passive-aggressive interstitials, and faux notification permission banners. It slices through the undesirable and unnecessary with ease; the Alexander the Great to the …

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Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections. As researchers who have spent over a decade studying web tracking and online advertising, we want to set the record …

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Burning Man vs Instagram Influencers

Instagram culture is coming for Burning Man’s desert utopia But one cohort looked suspiciously well-preserved. They appeared freshly showered in their carefully selected getups, often some combination of wings, glitter, and exposed midriffs. They looked as though they were heading to a photo shoot—and some of them were, posing for Instagram-worthy desert pics with all …

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