Chrome Now Shortens Links You Share With Friends

Google has quietly added a new feature to Chrome for Android. From v64 onwards, Chrome for Android has the ability to shorten the URLs you share with your friends. So you can now share a clean link without any of that unnecessary tracking information included. There are countless messaging apps available these days, and all of them offer ample opportunity for us to share URLs with our friends and family. Unfortunately, these links to websites and webpages often have extraneous information tacked onto the end. Removing the Fluff From URLs Starting with Chrome 64 on Android, Google is trying to…

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English Wikipedia Just Broke Five Million Posts

After fifteen years of providing 11th-hour copy+paste material for high schoolers, the English-language version of Wikipedia has just hit a milestone: five million articles.

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Australian Court Holds Google Responsible for Linking to Defamatory Websites

The South Australian Supreme Court this week found that Google is legally responsible when its search results link to defamatory content on the web.

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Mark Zuckerberg Warns of Too Much Net Neutrality

There is such a thing as too much freedom. If nothing was illegal, people would rob and kill each other! There’s no such thing as too much net neutrality, however. Unless you’re talking to the billionaire son of a dentist who’s trying to make every person on the planet sign up for his internet website.

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The EU Tried to End Roaming Fees and Ended Net Neutrality Instead

The internet is a global network. That means if one part of the world decides to start pulling the wrong levers, we could be dealing with the consequences. And the European parliament just pulled a very big lever by voting down amendments to net neutrality rules that include dangerous loopholes.

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The Bill That Could Vastly Improve America’s Internet 

My job depends on the internet. Yours probably does too. But for such a vital technology, the US doesn’t have a solid way to expand its internet infrastructure. Now, a pair of congresspeople—one a Democrat and one a Republican—are proposing a new way to ensure the web’s health.

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How Playboy Used to Be an Innovator in Porn Technology 

Come March of 2016, Playboy magazine is ditching nude photos in favor of the merely scantily clad. (Go ahead and make the joke about reading it for the articles. I’ll wait.) The magazine has struggled to make a profit in a world brimming with free internet pornography. Which is interesting, given Playboy’s long history of experimenting with new media forms.

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