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Magic Lasso Adblock

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My thanks to Magic Lasso Adblock for sponsoring last week at DF. Magic Lasso Adblock is an efficient and high performance ad and tracking blocker for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It’s a native Safari content blocking extension that allows you to experience a cleaner, faster web — without intrusive ads and trackers.

Magic Lasso Adblock provides a 2.0x speed increase on common websites, improves your privacy and security by removing ad trackers, and works with Safari across all Apple devices. It works and feels as if Apple themselves had designed an ad blocker.

And unlike some other ad blockers, Magic Lasso Adblock respects your privacy, doesn’t accept payment from advertisers, and is 100% supported by its community of over 150,000 users. And it respects privacy-respecting ads like those on DF itself. (DF ads set no cookies, don’t execute any JavaScript, and are served from DF’s own server.) I’ve been running Magic Lasso as my only Safari content blocker for weeks now, and it’s been great.

Download for free today via the Magic Lasso website, the iOS App Store, and Mac App Store.

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tdknox
52 days ago
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I use 1Blocker, also for iOS and macOS. It's small, lean, fast and I'm pretty sure it doesn't sell my info either.
San Jose, CA
samuel
50 days ago
Just purchased Magic Lasso. I used 1Blocker but it didn't work for me and the half dozen safari extensions were a bit too much.
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Telecoms are sneaking ‘stay home’ messages onto customers’ smartphones

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Some mobile phone operators, including Vodafone and Orange S.A., have started inserting coronavirus-related public health suggestions to stay indoors onto customers’ smartphones in recent days, using the small snippet of text that typically accompanies the connection signal symbols in the top left of a phone screen.

According to social media consultant Matt Navarra, who began posting and retweeting examples to his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, messages are appearing on the phones of customers in Germany, courtesy of UK-based telecom Vodafone.

According to a wave of replies to Navarra’s initial tweet, similar messages are showing up all over the world, too. Users have replied with screenshots of their own showing various versions of “stay home” in a number of different languages.

That includes Romania (“Stamacasa”); Peru (“YoMeQuedoEnCasa”), Turkey (“EvdeKal”), and Indonesia (“DiRumahAja”). And people in Belgium, France, India, and Nigeria are reportedly seeing either English versions of the phrase or versions in a native language, depending on the telecom.

The messages appear to show up in some markets only when you switch off Wi-Fi, as Nevarra said was the case in Germany. But that is not always a requirement to see the message, as you can see from the Peru example below:

It’s not clear whether this is a concerted effort from multiple telecoms, or rather one company decided to take the lead and others have followed. But it’s an unprecedented use of the small but vital screen space telecoms do have control over to actual promote the a public health benefit that could save lives in the weeks and months to come.

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tdknox
71 days ago
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Stay at home folks.
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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Account Was Compromised

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Zack Whittaker, writing for TechCrunch:

A hacker has compromised Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account.

A stream of rogue tweets — including racial slurs — were posted to the Twitter chief executive’s own Twitter account just after 3:30pm ET. It’s not immediately known how the hacker gained access to Dorsey’s account.

A lot of people are cracking jokes about this — on Twitter, of course. I might joke too, if not for the fact that I worry if this could happen to Dorsey, it could happen to Trump.

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tdknox
279 days ago
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How would you be able to tell if Trumps account were hacked? Would the content be more intelligible?
San Jose, CA
anthonylatta
275 days ago
Covfefe
michelslm
273 days ago
If someone took control of Trump's phone number we might see a repeat of the Puerto Rico scandal
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News Corp Readies News App to Address Publishers’ Concerns About Google and Facebook

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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg and Lillian Rizzo, reporting for The Wall Street Journal:

News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service meant to address concerns that Alphabet Inc.’s Google News and other digital platforms don’t reward publishers’ work adequately and play down articles from certain types of sites, according to people familiar with the plans.

The service, currently called Knewz.com, is expected to be a website and a mobile app.

No gnews is good gnews with Gary Gnu.

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tdknox
287 days ago
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So I'm not the only person who remember The Great Space Coaster.
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sirshannon
287 days ago
Great Space Coaster was my jam.
tingham
286 days ago
Definitely aging ourselves here…
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Donate to The Great Slate

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The Great Slate:

Tech Solidarity is endorsing thirteen candidates for Congress. Each of them is a first-time progressive candidate with no ties to the political establishment, an excellent campaign team, and a clear path to victory in a poor, rural district that is being ignored by the national Democratic Party. None of the candidates takes money from corporations.

In the third quarter of 2018, the Great Slate raised $1.18M for our candidates. Let’s keep the momentum going into the election!

These are great candidates for Congress. No corporate money. Progressive agendas. Ignored (mostly) by the national Democratic Party. And fighting for seats in districts that in years past sometimes didn’t even field a Democratic candidate. Republicans simply ran unopposed.

I’m particularly impressed by Jess King, who is running in district PA-11 in nearby Lancaster, PA. I have close family who live in that district. I don’t just like her as a candidate — I really do think she can win. She’s out there every day talking to the citizens in her district. She’s held 52 town halls and counting during this election. Her opponent, Rep. Lloyd Smucker (that’s his name, I swear) has not held a single town hall in over 600 days. He is taking his reelection for granted as a supposedly “safe” Republican seat.

Lancaster Online:

King, a former economic development nonprofit director, has raised nearly 100 percent of her funds from individuals while refusing to accept money from corporations’ political action committees.

The majority of Smucker’s funds, meanwhile, have come from PACs representing corporations such as General Electric, Exelon, Koch Industries and Williams, the company that recently built the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline going through Lancaster County.

I’ve donated to The Great Slate before, and today my wife and I donated another $1,000. It’s easy — they even support Apple Pay. By default your contribution is distributed between all 13 candidates, but you can distribute it however you choose if there’s a particular candidate you want to get behind. They’ve set a goal to raise $1,000,000, and they’re currently sitting at $952,154.

I would love to see this link from Daring Fireball blow past that goal. If you can give a lot, do it. If you can only give $10, do it! Every single dollar helps — I mean this so sincerely I just used an exclamation mark. If you’re feeling like me — anxious about this upcoming election, deeply concerned because the stakes are so high — donating to The Great Slate is one of the most effective ways you can make a difference today.

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tdknox
588 days ago
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I donated.
San Jose, CA
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David Pogue Conducts Blind Test of HomePod Against Competitors

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David Pogue:

Of course, I knew what the results would be. I’d heard them myself in the Apple demo; I’d read the other reviews; and I’d done the dress rehearsal the night before. Every time, the HomePod won the match easily.

At the end of my own listening test, then, I handed out signs that said “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D,” and asked the panelists to hold up their winners’ signs on the count of three. I knew what they would say: “B,” “B,” “B,” “B,” and “B” (that was the HomePod’s letter).

That’s not what happened.

Interesting results. I wonder about Pogue’s claim that the curtain he hid the speakers behind didn’t affect the sound, though.

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tdknox
841 days ago
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Possibly because there was a cloth hanging in front of the speakers which prevented the HomePod from accurately scanning the room and doing its active compensation?
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