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This simple extension makes it easier to get things done with Google Chrome – Business Insider

Sunday, March 26, 2017

We’ve all been to tab hell: those times when you’re staring at a couple dozen tabs, fresh off a Wikipedia or news-reading binge, unsure of what it was you were trying to do in the first place. Aside from being a mess to navigate, this can also make your laptop feel sluggish. With the wrong device, keeping a web of tabs open may chew up resources that bring your notebook to a crawl. And it…

Microsoft’s Surface Phone Does Not Need Exciting Hardware – Forbes

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This weekend has seen online discussion over a Microsoft patent describing a hinged display on a mobile device. While the patent is of interest to designers and reflects one potential future of a smartphone, I don’t think it reflects Microsoft’s current strategic thinking. Bloomberg Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (image: Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg) As with all patents, there can be a significant period of time between the patent being submitted,…

Why Internet Providers are Celebrating Friday’s Privacy Rule Rollback – Fortune

Sunday, March 26, 2017

On Friday, the Senate blocked the implementation of rules that would have restricted internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon’s ability to monetize users’ internet browsing history and other data. This doesn’t in itself mark a sea change—the rule in question wasn’t due to go into effect for nearly a year. But it does preempt what would have become a major obstacle to ISPs’ efforts to meld their network services…

Microsoft’s Surface Phone Does Not Need Exciting Hardware – Forbes

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This weekend has seen online discussion over a Microsoft patent describing a hinged display on a mobile device. While the patent is of interest to designers and reflects one potential future of a smartphone, I don’t think it reflects Microsoft’s current strategic thinking. Bloomberg Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (image: Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg) As with all patents, there can be a significant period of time between the patent being submitted,…

Google Chrome has a VERY cheeky message for people who watch too much PORN – Express.co.uk

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Google Chrome is a treasure trove of hidden messages, subtle nods and winks. The world’s most popular web browser has a number of hidden features – including an incredibly addictive video game. Google has also included a tongue-in-cheek message to people who use Incognito Mode, which allows users to browse the web without the Google Chrome saving your web history or form data. If you reach 100 tabs on the…

Nuke the Internet From Orbit? – Washington Free Beacon

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A computer gamer in Osnabrueck, Germany. / Getty Images BY: Jack ButlerMarch 26, 2017 4:50 am What if the Internet shut down? The Internet is so enmeshed in modern life that such a question seems unthinkable, an apocalyptic disaster of the sort reserved for fiction, such as E.M. Forster’s startlingly prescient 1909 short story “The Machine Stops.” But at the end of February, huge swaths of the Internet went dark due…

Senate votes to kill internet privacy protections – FOX 61

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A man  uses a laptop in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Consumer rights vs. company rights WASHINGTON —  The Republican-controlled Senate voted on Thursday to repeal a set of internet privacy rules that would have barred providers from selling off their customers’ web histories without their permission. The rules — which were passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October but had not yet gone into effect —…

A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet – The Verge

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Earlier this week, the Senate voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it prevents the FCC from reinstating similar rules in the future. This is great for broadband companies, but if you’re one of these companies’ users, what are you supposed to do?…

Senate quietly votes to overturn internet privacy laws which protects personal information – The Independent

Sunday, March 26, 2017

US laws aimed at protecting internet privacy look set to be rescinded by the Republican led US Senate.  Under the rules passed last October by the Federal Communications Commission internet service providers were required to ask customers’ permission to collect, use and sell their personal information. Internet providers would also have been banned from selling on user data without consent. But using the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to dismiss regulations passed by…

Google Chrome has a hidden message for users who watch too … – Express.co.uk

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Google Chrome is a treasure trove of hidden messages, subtle nods and winks. The world’s most popular web browser has a number of hidden features – including an incredibly addictive video game. Google has also included a tongue-in-cheek message to people who use Incognito Mode, which allows users to browse the web without the Google Chrome saving your web history or form data. If you reach 100 tabs on the…

​Microsoft yanks Docs.com search after complaints of exposed sensitive files – ZDNet

Sunday, March 26, 2017

(Image: file photo) Microsoft has quietly removed a feature on its document sharing site Docs.com that allowed anyone to search through millions of files for sensitive and personal information. Users had complained over the weekend on Twitter that anyone could use the site’s search box to trawl through publicly-accessible documents and files stored on the site, which were clearly meant to remain private. Among the files reviewed by ZDNet, and…

Google Chrome has a cheeky hidden message for people who watch too much PORN – Express.co.uk

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Google Chrome is a treasure trove of hidden messages, subtle nods and winks. The world’s most popular web browser has a number of hidden features – including an incredibly addictive video game. Google has also included a tongue-in-cheek message to people who use Incognito Mode, which allows users to browse the web without the Google Chrome saving your web history or form data. If you reach 100 tabs on the…

A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet – The Verge

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Earlier this week, the Senate voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it prevents the FCC from reinstating similar rules in the future. This is great for broadband companies, but if you’re one of these companies’ users, what are you supposed to do?…

How Apple can silence the haters, crush Google and Microsoft, and build a thousand-year empire – Business Insider

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Apple CEO Tim CookGetty/Justin Sullivan It was only last summer that Apple CEO Tim Cook declared his vision for a company that lasts one thousand years. But Cook’s far-reaching calendar already seems to be in trouble, with an ever-growing list of rivals and weaknesses threatening to undermine the Apple empire. Just consider: Google’s homebuilt Pixel phones are innovating where iPhone stagnates. Microsoft is now building PCs and tablets that turn more heads than…

Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a business before Microsoft, and this engineer was their partner – GeekWire

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Paul Gilbert with the original computer that he built for Traf-O-Data, the company that Bill Gates and Paul Allen started before they founded Microsoft. (Photo Courtesy George Sammit) Microsoft is one of the most successful and influential companies in the world, but did you know that Bill Gates and Paul Allen launched an earlier venture as high school students in Seattle? It was called Traf-O-Data, a startup in the 1970s that aspired…

Microsoft is forcing upgrades now for older versions – Komando

Saturday, March 25, 2017

If you’re a Windows user, you know Microsoft hasn’t been shy about pressuring you to switch to its Windows 10 operating system. When Windows 10 first rolled out for free almost in 2015, Microsoft plastered your computer screen with warnings and alerts to make the switch, sometimes with comical results. The good news is that many people who’ve downloaded Windows 10 to about 400 million devices like it. It’s faster,…

No network? No problem for Google Docs on Firefox – CNET

Friday, March 24, 2017

If you use Google’s G Suite apps and Mozilla’s Firefox browser, good news: The two are going to get along much better. The G Suite tools for word processing, spreadsheets, Gmail and other chores have worked better on Google’s Chrome than on rival browsers in one important way: You can open and edit documents even when you don’t have a network connection. That offline support is handy when you’re on…

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era – New York Times

Friday, March 24, 2017

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Microsoft’s CEO Just Joined Starbucks Board; Big Deal or Little Deal? – Barron’s

Friday, March 24, 2017

Starbucks and Microsoft have always shared Seattle-area roots, but now the companies are sharing something else: Satya Nadella. Nadella is Microsoft’s CEO, but, as of Wednesday, he’s also a member of Starbucks’ Board of Directors. Nadella was first nominated by Starbucks in January. Shareholders made it official during the company’s annual meeting yesterday. A major tech name joining Starbucks’ board might not sound particularly compelling for a coffee company until…

Senate Republicans Just Voted to Kill Internet Privacy – Vanity Fair

Thursday, March 23, 2017

From health-care coverage to environmental protections, Republicans are moving quickly to erase Barack Obama’s presidential legacy. The latest Obama-era policy to be rolled back are guidelines protecting consumer Internet privacy. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission, under the direction of former Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler, mandated that broadband providers get their customers’ permission before selling or giving their data to advertisers and other third parties. On Thursday, the Senate voted…