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Google disables inline installation for Chrome extensions

Google today announced that Chrome will no longer support inline installation of extensions. New extensions lose inline installation starting today, existing extensions will lose the ability in three months, and in early December the inline install API will be removed from the browser with the release of Chrome 71.Disabling inline installation, which lets users install extensions directly from...

The end of net neutrality is here

The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules.The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were intended to prevent internet providers from...

Microsoft Buys GitHub for $7.5 Billion, Moving to Grow in Coding’s New Era

Microsoft, fully embracing a model it once saw as a threat, said on Monday that it was buying GitHub, an open software platform used by 28 million programmers, for $7.5 billion.The deal is a bid by Microsoft to gain ground in the internet era of software development, where applications increasingly run on remote data centers — on so-called cloud computing.Amazon is the leader in the cloud...

Google Chrome now lets you sign in to most services without a password

Google just released Chrome 67 for desktop, as spotted by ZDNet. This version of Chrome will allow password-free sign-ins for most websites, meaning you can avoid hunting through a password manager for specific credentials.Password-free sign-ins come from the Web Authentication standard, which was launched in March by the FIDO Alliance and the W3C. It lets you sign in to any virtually any online...

Best and Worst Internet Service Providers in the U.S. Revealed

Americans are becoming increasingly frustrated with their internet service providers, new figures have confirmed.According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), just 62 percent of U.S. residents are satisfied with their ISP. It represents a two percent drop on the previous year’s survey.ACSI questions around 250,000 consumers each year and quizzes them on all things digital,...

The GDPR and Our Balkanized Internet

The EU’s data privacy law went into force on Friday and U.S. companies leapt into action—by turning off their websites. Sites like the Chicago Tribune or A&E Networks, for instance, decided to show the digital version of a “closed” sign to European visitors rather than risk violating the law.Other U.S. sites, however, chose to comply with the famous (or infamous) data directive known...