search engines, web browsers, privacy, machine learning
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From a privacy point of view.
Default settings always.
When it comes to privacy, default settings matter!
For the best in-depth analysis of the concept of the “open core” business model I’ve come across, I highly recommend reading Joseph Jacks’ blog post Open Core — Definition, Examples & Tradeoffs.
To understand how a company like Mapbox decides to release a proprietary update to one of its most popular open source libraries, I think it helps to start by studying at the cautionary tales of two kindred spirits, Mongo DB and Redis Labs.
While Mapbox made the Azure announcement out to be a good thing, I suspect it was the beginning of the end for Mapbox GL JS remaining open source.
Google and the General Information Press Alliance (Apig), which represents French national and regional dailies, announced on Thursday the signing of an agreement paving the way for the remuneration of the French press by the Internet giant in title of "neighboring right", after heated negotiations.
For Pierre Louette, CEO of Les Echos - Le Parisien and president of Apig, this agreement "marks the effective recognition of the neighboring right of press publishers and the start of their remuneration by digital platforms for the use of their publications.
Apig and Google have come a long way: the French press accused Google at the end of 2019 of flouting neighboring rights, this right similar to copyright, created by a European directive and supposed to lead to a better sharing of digital revenues for the benefit newspaper publishers and news agencies.
Starting with Firefox 85, which will be released January 25, 2021, Firefox for Android users will be able to install supported Recommended Extensions directly from addons.mozilla.org (AMO).
Previously, extensions for mobile devices could only be installed from the Add-ons Manager, which caused some confusion for people accustomed to the desktop installation flow.
This wraps up our initial plans to enable extension support for Firefox for Android.
Most notably, Google was the only member of the W3C to vote “No” to a proposed charter change for the Privacy Interest Group (PING), a working group of the W3C dedicated to web privacy matters.
It now appears that Google is attempting to impose its own web privacy ideas on the W3C, and will simply use its equivalent of a “veto” to block any efforts to introduce web privacy measures that might be detrimental to its overall business model.
One potential compromise – and one that Google has, in fact, suggested – is the creation of a series of “self-serve guiding principles.” In many ways, this is what the Google Privacy Sandbox was supposed to be – a framework for privacy that would not be officially binding for W3C members, but that would help to spell out certain rules of the road for web privacy.
Most of the people storming the Capitol weren't lunatics, or anarchists, but regular folks who are terrified.
What they see on Facebook, Youtube, TV, and radio reinforces and invigorates their fear and anger.
The people who run those platforms, or create that content, aren't necessarily evil, they just exist in an ecosystem where engagement is king and tepid, informative content is forgotten.
Dr. Harpreet Sood told the BBC it was “ a big concern ” and officials were working hard to reach different groups “to correct so much fake news.”
The issue of language is key because most warnings about misinformation online are in a written format.
Our study with 550 adults found that people took more notice of warnings with assertive visuals highlighting the text, such as shattered glass or a block effect.
They also analyzed 60 mission statements from tech elite-run philanthropic websites, plus statements from 17 tech elites and other super-rich elites not associated with the tech world (for comparison purposes) who signed the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative of Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.
This analysis indicates the tech elite hold a strong positive interest in "making the world a better place", but the authors note this belief is often frequently espoused by other very rich people as well.
The authors were not able to trace everyone in their initial 100-person sample for multiple reasons (for instance, Twitter is blocked in China, and many older tech elite do not use Twitter); it's not possible to rule out that Twitter accounts are managed by professional PR experts (which might presumably affect the language used); and it's also not clear whether the tech elite denial of a relationship between democracy and money is strategic or an actually-held belief.
Sniffs the DHT gossip and indexes file and directory hashes.
If you are able to help out with either of them, mail us at email@example.com or find us at #ipfssearch on Freenode (or #ipfs-search:chat.weho.st on Matrix).
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This is a ranking that is based on how much Privacy a browser offers by default, as well as, how much privacy can be gained by configuring it.
These are all browsers that require a minimal amount of configuration and can achieve the required level of privacy needed to browse the modern web- compatibility with a comprehensive suite of content-blocking extensions that can block spyware providers correctly and fully.
Vivaldi does not let you disable all of the spyware features, Brave whitelists trackers and has forced updates, and Firefox and Waterfox are loaded with spyware, to the point where configuring them is so non-trivial that you might as well use a version of Firefox that respects your privacy by default, rather than diving into the uncertainty of digging out all of the spyware features (and repeating the process every time the browser is updated).
The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Sridhar Ramaswamy to talk about the problem with search engines (3:45), leaving Google (6:15), where Google went wrong (10:30), on whether people actually care about privacy (14:00), why the government's antitrust suit doesn’t help (19:00), how you build a search engine without the resources of Google (21:45), the importance of the cloud (25:45), the challenge of going from free to paid (28:30), how his former colleagues reacted (31:00), and what keeps him up at night (35:10).
PLUS, Miami mayor Francis Suarez comes on to talk about Miami’s moment (35:45), that tweet (37:40), the Covid factor (39:00), why he thinks he’ll succeed his city can rival Austin as America's second tech hub (41:50), how low taxes help (44:30), and telling the story (50:00).
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After 4 months of waiting, that is the response I got from Widevine, Google’s DRM for web browsers, regarding a license agreement.
For the last 2 years I’ve been working on a web browser that now cannot be completed because Google, the creators of the open source browser Chrome, won’t allow DRM in an open source project.
More prominently, the creators of Brave Browser also had issues waiting for replies from Google Widevine.
These days, web apps like Google Docs, Gmail, Outlook Online, Salesforce, Asana, Jira, and countless others are accessed via the browser as well.
Which is the best browser for your business?
So if you’re looking to switch your company away from its current browser, ready to kick the tires of a different browser, or just plain curious about other options, we’ve got answers for you.
In contrast, the audio watermarks are not readily perceptible to casual listeners, though they are what in watermarking parlance is known as “overt.” That means the fact that they are embedded is easily discerned by meeting participants: When a Zoom meeting has the audio watermark, or what Zoom also calls the “audio signature,” feature enabled, the meeting will have a green circular icon with a sound wave and a padlock at the top left of the frame next to the encryption icon.
Nonetheless, when recording a Zoom meeting, it is best to avoid using Zoom’s built-in recording option and to capture the meeting using a third-party audio/video recorder.
Zoom meetings present a unique set of challenges for source protection, but these challenges can be minimized by following best practices and taking care not to publish raw meeting materials unless there is high confidence that the recordings were not watermarked and have been thoroughly reviewed to make sure no other potentially identifying features are present in the audio or video.
Below the Fold is a great companion to my NY Times newsletter.
After reading all the chaos happening in politics & current events, Below the Fold is the perfect balance.
I love reading that there is more going on in the world.
That covers the “OSS” in “FOSS”.
You cannot stop someone from making money from your software, but you can obligate them to share their improvements with everyone else, which you can incorporate back into the original product to make it more compelling for everyone.
FOSS licenses are important, and you should make it your business to understand them, both as a user, contributor, and author of free and open source software.
For a while I've thought it would be nice to have a web page that takes a URL as input (via query parameter) and then displays all the discussions it can find for that URL.
Bonus points if the site gave me a single feed for comments on any of my articles.
So this service would be perfect: each essay you receive from Findka could have a "discuss" link that goes to this separate service.
Over the past several months, the Brave team has been working with Protocol Labs on adding InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) support in Brave.
IPFS is an exciting technology that can help content creators distribute content without high bandwidth costs, while taking advantage of data deduplication and data replication.
IPFS support allows Brave desktop users to download content by using a content hash, known as the Content identifier (CID).
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Unlike a network effect, which can be overcome with a well implemented invite flow, Google’s ranking algorithm takes in lots of different signals that are much harder to come by: large volumes of high quality content, links from other high ranking sites, people using Google as a conduit to Reddit (i.e. appending “reddit” to the end of their searches), products built specifically to encourage Google’s crawler, and a close business development relationship with Google, just to name a few.
The amount of traffic that comes from search is the main reason why an effort to migrate a community off Reddit wholesale (as r/changemyview tried to do) is doomed to failure, especially for well-established communities.
Because Reddit content is so heavily moderated, and the social features of Reddit are so under-engineered, you likely won’t be able to systematically acquire users from Reddit through techniques like invites or prominent public usage (e.g. Zynga on early Facebook, Spotify on Instagram Stories, etc.).
When Chrome is screen sharing, notifications will not appear until after the session has ended or manual approval.
Chrome 88 will block macOS, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS users from downloading unsafe image, audio, video, and text formats (like .png and .mp3) over HTTP on an HTTPS page.
Developers can start submitting Manifest V3 extensions to the Chrome Web Store as Chrome 88 now features support for the latest format revision.
Add some of your favorite pages and sites to a search index that you curate and command over.
You may add more sites later.
Click on an URL to remove it from the list.
Understanding language, imagery, audio and space and time itself, what problems are they if not search problems?
Luckily I had over-heard machine-learning people on HackerNews talking about an equation called “the dot product” which sounded cool so I googled that but got mixed emotions when I saw a new feature on the search result page.
I threw myself at Chrome and quickly launched a Google spreadsheet but then I suddenly remembered my hatred for the evil one and did a sharp U-turn and started reaching for the Windows key to instead launch its competitors best attempt at a productivity suite when I remembered my even greater hatred for Microsoft Office.
In my opinion, the two most evil companies on the planet with a blatant disregard for privacy because it is so fundamental to their business model are: Facebook (and by extension, WhatsApp and Instagram) and Google.
Yes, I do realize that the moment someone sends me an email from Gmail to my Fastmail (or when I respond to them), I am effectively enabling that same advertising profile.
The recent builds of Safari have this oddly satisfying Privacy Report where one can see how many of these creepy ad-trackers were blocked on a webpage and sometimes it is truly enlightening as to what the real business mode of some of the “free” websites is.
Weaviate is a cloud-native, real-time vector search engine (aka neural search engine or deep search engine) that allows you to bring your machine learning models to scale.
There are extensions for specific use cases such as semantic search, plugins to integrate Weaviate in any application of your choice, and a console to visualize your data.
You can find detailed documentation in the developers section of our website or directly go to one of the docs using the links in the list below.