- Opinion piece o’the week: React: Why I have a problem with React the library and spend a lot of time talking to my therapist by the inimitable Charlie Owen
- Writing a Web Monetized Game “In my game, Goblin Farmer, you get your in-game money from Web Monetization micropayments.”
- Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web
- ‘The scale of the problem is enormous’: Apple flexes strong anti-tracking stance
- Hi, Alexa. How Do I Stop You From Listening In On Me? – Protecting your privacy on Alexa, Siri and Google Home. (PSA: if you say “my leg hurts”, Alexa starts listening to you.)
- New & Experimental CSS Tools in Firefox – 18 minute presentation at SFHTML by Victoria Wang. Some very cool work here that makes Firefox an indispensable tool for developing modern websites.
- Google finds ‘indiscriminate iPhone attack lasting years’ “attackers were using 12 separate security flaws in order to compromise devices. Most were bugs within Safari … Simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant. Once on a person’s iPhone, the implant could access an enormous amount of data, including (though not limited to) contacts, images and GPS location data. It would relay this information back to an external server every 60 seconds”
- Empathy and innovation: How Microsoft’s cultural shift is leading to new product development – a deaf engineer at Microsoft pioneered the “blur background” feature. She always asked her parents to turn off the lights to help her focus better on their faces. Then she created software to do it.
- The loom and the thresher: Lessons in technological worker displacement
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