Google strikes back!

Google to update Play Store guidelines to make it harder to bypass the 30% fee

"Bloomberg’s report claims Google will issue updated guidelines that will clarify a requirement for apps to use Google Play In-app Billing service for in-app purchases. That means if you purchase a Spotify subscription through the Android app, Google wants its 30% cut of the revenue."

Spotify, Epic Games, and others join “Coalition for App Fairness” non-profit to oppose Apple and Google

1 of the 10 proposed developer rights:
"No developer should be required to use an app store exclusively, or to use ancillary services of the app store owner, including payment systems, or to accept other supplementary obligations in order to have access to the app store."

Why @torproject why?

These install/upgrade problems have been researched and solutions detailed. Why are these issues allowed to break a functional Tor browser after an automatic upgrade initiates?

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The main misconception about defaults is that many users don't change them, because they assume that the developers put thought into the defaults. But the developers don't put ideal defaults there, because they assume the user knows better what they need and change the defaults.

This leaves us with bad defaults that aren't changed. 🤷

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uMatrix's repository has been archived and development has been discontinued:

"Whoever is free to fork under a new name -- I may re-open and resume development in some future if ever I feel for it."

It just keeps getting better and better.

Report: 97% of Cybersecurity Companies Have Leaked Data on the Dark Web

"Professional emails were used on porn and adult dating sites - third-party breaches represented a considerable number of the incidents, as ImmuniWeb's research found 5,121 credentials that had been stolen from hacked porn or adult dating websites."

What is going on with 2020?

"This year, vinyl sales have outpaced CD sales in the United States for the first time since the 1980s."

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Imagine a day, where asking a dev to restrict their app to some people is a normal behavior. Today, maybe 99,9% don't care due to the target. But what's next?
Do you like to choose freely an app with your needs or choose your needs due to apps?

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Hackers for hire attack architecture firm via 3ds Max exploit

"[...]the attack vector being a malicious plugin[...]"

This brings Blender add-ons to mind.

Popular iOS SDK Caught Spying on Billions of Users and Committing Ad Fraud

"Although the names of the compromised apps using the SDK have not been disclosed, the code was uncovered in the iOS version of the Mintegral SDK (, with the first version of the malicious SDK dating back to July 17, 2019 (5.5.1). The Android version of the SDK, however, doesn't appear to be affected."

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Looks like needs some privacy analytics... 🤦‍♂️

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Terrifying insight about fb + oculus;

" ... the main reason, among many, was the valuable gaze tracking data ... It's a marketers dream come true. They can present you with stimulus, understand how you respond to that stimulus, and by the nature of the VR headset, you block out many of the possible distractions to their process they've had to contend with in the past. ... "

(there's a lot more, and it's on point)

Android 11 blocks third-party camera apps from appearing in image/video picking intents

"Google says that this change has been set in place in Android 11 to protect the privacy and security of its users."

It's pretty well documented that preinstalled apps are very often privacy and security nightmares. So I'm not buying it Google.

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Check out the first episode of "The Loop Hole", the show where I loop CG stuff and show you how to do it. :) Episode 01 is about how to loop smoke simulations!

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🐧 A nice perk of using Linux is that it's pretty easy to spot someone trying to access your account, since most of them do it from Windows.

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This happened even with 2-factor authentication enabled everywhere since day 1, by the way. Changing passwords often, not having third-party apps enabled. Seems like if they really want to, they get through.

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"A site got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went way up"

Ad-funded sites going back to the contextual ads will help solve many of the issues of the current web:

Surveillance capitalism
Slow loading sites
Spam / Low quality / "AI" content

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