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How to Do an Instant Site Search with a Keyword in Firefox

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Mozilla Firefox lets you trigger bookmarks with a custom keyword in the address bar. With this feature and a custom bookmarklet, you can quickly search a site using Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo. Here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/722801/how-to-do-an-instant-site-search-with-a-keyword-in-firefox/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Benj Edwards

Signal Tries to Expose Facebook’s Garbage Ad Collecting Practices, Gets Banned

A Signal ad describing the reader as a "newlywed pilates instructor," and "cartoon crazy."Signal

We all know that Facebook collects user data for targeted advertising, but just how specific is that data? A new Instagram ad campaign by Signal shows people the uncomfortably-precise personal data that Facebook collects and sells. At least, it would, but Instagram shut the project down before it went live.

Advertisers on Facebook and Instagram can choose between several data points to target potential customers. These data points aren’t just reflections of your location or the pages you follow on social media, they’re highly specific and can include information on your hygiene, sexuality, education, relationship history, employment status, and more.

If it hadn’t been shut down, Signal’s “transparent ad campaign” would tell Instagram users the exact data points used to serve them ads. In a blog post, Signal shared some examples of these ads, which are full of invasive lines like “you have a new baby and just moved,” and “this ad thinks you do drag.”

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Facebook stopped the uncomfortable ad campaign before it went live and banned Signal from advertising on its platforms. Signal chalks this up to a moral failing, stating that Facebook is happy to collect and sell personal data “unless it’s to tell people about how their data is being used.” So long as Facebook keeps its ads business invisible, it can avoid controversy and user backlash.

Of course, Signal is a business looking for more users. The company knows that its encrypted messaging app, a popular alternative to the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, will appeal to people who are interested in this Instagram ads stunt. So I guess I’ll do the dirty work and link to Signal below. You can also learn more about Signal’s “transparent” ad campaign on the company’s blog.

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Source: Signal via MacRumors

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/81214/signal-tries-to-expose-facebooks-garbage-ad-collecting-practices-gets-banned/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Andrew Heinzman

How to Install the Tor Browser on a Chromebook

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The Tor Project says that you can’t run the full version of the anonymizing Tor browser on a Chromebook. But, by using your Chromebook’s Linux subsystem, you can install and use it very easily. Here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/723967/how-to-install-the-tor-browser-on-a-chromebook/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dave McKay

Too Many of You Still Believe in 5G Conspiracy Theories

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5G conspiracies are nothing new. They’ve been tirelessly debunked several times and yet a 2021 survey found that roughly 24% of people believe that at least one 5G conspiracy is true. C’mon, really?

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/too-many-of-you-still-believe-in-5g-conspiracy-theories-1846822894
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Victoria Song

Frontier exits bankruptcy, claims it will double fiber-to-the-home footprint

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Frontier Communications emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, saying that it plans to double its fiber-to-the-premises footprint by extending fiber to an additional 3 million homes and businesses.

“Frontier is deploying capital and pursuing an extensive fiber build-out plan that will accelerate the company’s transformation from a legacy provider of copper-based services to a fiber-based provider… Under the first phase of the plan, Frontier intends to invest heavily and pass more than 3 million homes and business locations, enabling a total of over 6 million homes and businesses with Gig-plus speeds,” the company said in a press release.

Expanding to 3 million additional homes will take multiple years, as Frontier said it plans to reach “approximately 495,000 additional locations in 2021.” That apparently includes 100,000 new fiber locations already built in the first three months of this year.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/05/frontier-exits-bankruptcy-claims-it-will-double-fiber-to-the-home-footprint/
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How to Add Captions to Images in Google Docs

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It’s easy to add an image to your document in Google Docs, but including a caption is another story. Until Google adds a caption feature to Docs, here are a few ways you can create and add captions to your photos.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/725451/how-to-add-captions-to-images-in-google-docs/
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Goodbye again, Flash—Microsoft makes removal from Windows 10 mandatory

Microsoft rings yet another bell in the dirge for Flash—the KB that removes it from Windows 10 will become mandatory this July.

Microsoft rings yet another bell in the dirge for Flash—the KB that removes it from Windows 10 will become mandatory this July. (credit: Adobe)

Microsoft, Apple, Google, Mozilla, and even Adobe itself have all deprecated Adobe Flash technology, which reached end of life on January 1 of this year. This July, Microsoft is taking things one step further—KB4577586, aka Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player, will become mandatory for all versions of Windows 10.

The update in question won’t remove third-party installations of the Flash player—only versions that have been bundled with Windows itself. The change seems unlikely to significantly impact most people—Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari each ended Flash support by January 1, 2021.

Although Internet Explorer 11 (and the IE mode in Microsoft Edge) supports direct installation of downloaded Flash players as a plug-in, the Adobe Flash Player itself has a built-in “kill-switch” causing it to refuse to play Flash content if the system date is later than January 12, 2021.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/microsoft-will-remove-adobe-flash-from-windows-10-this-summer/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Jim Salter

Internet Connection Not Working? 10 Troubleshooting Tips

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It’s useful to have a checklist of things to try when your internet is not working. Sometimes you can fix the problem yourself, while other times, it’s caused by a problem with your service provider. Here’s how to pin down and fix the problem.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/721045/internet-not-working-10-tips-to-troubleshoot-a-connection/
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