Lifehacker: Quickly Tell if a Shared News Story is Old With This Chrome Extension. “Over the past year, all (well, at least most) of us have gotten a little more skeptical about what we read in the news, especially on social media. Within my own group of Facebook friends, one huge source of misinformation seems to be old news rather than inaccurate news.”
Boing Boing: Mozilla pulls a popular paywall circumvention tool from Firefox add-ons store. “Bypass Paywalls is a free software project maintained by Iamadamdev and hosted on Github. On November 17, Iamadamdev updated the project’s Readme file to announce that Mozilla had removed the extension from its Add-Ons Store; according to Iamadamdev, the add-on was removed for violating Mozilla’s terms-of-service; but they dispute that the project violates those terms.”
Lifehacker: Create Your Own Personal Archive of Web Pages With This Chrome Extension. “Websites change. Websites go out of business. This week I came across a new browser extension that makes saving those sites a little easier, WebSatchel. Obviously, not many people are going to have the specific use case that I do. That said, there are plenty of reasons to save a website, be it a story you enjoyed reading and might want to read again or even a recipe for something you’d like to try out later.”
Mozilla Blog: Translate the Web. “With 100+ languages at the ready, Google Translate is the go-to translation tool for millions of people around the world. But for folks who need to make frequent translations on the web, it’s a hassle to copy text from a web page, navigate over to translate.google.com, paste it in, return to your page, etc. Fortunately there are a number of Firefox browser extensions that streamline the translation process, and in some cases even add new features. Here are two exceptional examples…”
How-To Geek: Google Killed Chrome Apps, But You Can Easily Make Your Own. “If you live in Chrome the way I live in Chrome (which is basically all the time) but also appreciate running webapps in dedicated windows for better multitasking, Applicationize is a killer tool to have in your toolbox.”
BBC: Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale. “Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users’ accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell, although there are reasons to be sceptical about that figure.” It appears that this might have been caused by sketchy browser extensions, but apparently Facebook has not named the extensions.
Lifehacker: Use Firefox’s ‘Election Bundle’ Extensions to Manage Facebook’s Political Powers. “It’s politics season on Facebook. With the midterm elections only a few weeks away, there’s a good chance you’re seeing targeted ads on Facebook based on your activity both on the platform and around the web. For those of us who are looking for ways to limit Facebook’s ability to influence what we say and do online, Mozilla recently launched an ‘election bundle’ of extensions for Firefox designed to curb Facebook’s ability to affect your political decision-making.”