The Verge: Google rolls out new badges to help people avoid bad Chrome extensions

The Verge: Google rolls out new badges to help people avoid bad Chrome extensions. “Google is trying to make it easier for Chrome users to install useful extensions without having to scrutinize where they come from. The company says it has begun applying two new badges to extensions. The first, Featured, looks like a prize ribbon and will be displayed on extensions that ‘follow our technical best practices and meet a high standard of user experience and design.’”

CNET: 6 Browser Extensions to Help You Surf the Internet Privately

CNET: 6 Browser Extensions to Help You Surf the Internet Privately . “According to CISA, updating your web browser, as well as your devices and applications, is a good step to protecting your data and privacy. We regularly recommend improving your overall privacy by trying out a security-focused browser like Brave, or updating your current browser’s security settings to tighten up your control over how much of your data is collected. You can further protect yourself online by using a security-focused browser add-on. Here are six browser extensions to help you stay safe online.”

PetaPixel: Chrome Extension Can Detect Fake Profile Pictures with 99.29% Accuracy

PetaPixel: Chrome Extension Can Detect Fake Profile Pictures with 99.29% Accuracy. “V7 Labs has created a new artificial intelligence-based (AI) software that works as a Google Chrome extension that is capable of detecting artificially generated profile pictures — like the ones above — with a claimed 99.28% accuracy.” Note this is for detecting GAN-generated images, not deepfakes.

MakeUseOf: These 4 Chrome Extensions Let You Browse With Your Voice

MakeUseOf: These 4 Chrome Extensions Let You Browse With Your Voice. “Google has a huge range of impressive accessibility functions baked into its Chrome browser by default. But if you’re the type of person who struggles with extended typing and clicking, or just prefers to use their voice, then you might find the browser a little wanting. Luckily, the Chrome Web Store has an incredible slew of extensions you can use to adjust just about any part of your browsing experience.”

Mozilla Blog: The pandemic changed everything — even the way we use browser extensions

Mozilla Blog: The pandemic changed everything — even the way we use browser extensions. “On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Within days, practically the entire planet was on lockdown. We went indoors and online. So how did the sudden mass migration online impact browser extension usage? Pretty dramatically, it turns out. On this two-year mark of the start of the pandemic we looked back at Firefox extension installs and usage data to discover several compelling trends.”

PR Newswire: LexisNexis®️ Introduces LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®️ Extension, Free Web Tool to Display Patent Examiner Stats on USPTO Websites (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: LexisNexis®️ Introduces LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®️ Extension, Free Web Tool to Display Patent Examiner Stats on USPTO Websites (PRESS RELEASE). “LexisNexis® Legal & Professional today announced the launch of PatentAdvisor™ Extension, a free web browser extension that makes available data insights about individual patent examiners and art units directly on the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) websites.”

MakeUseOf: 9 Firefox Add-Ons for Reverse Image Search

MakeUseOf: 9 Firefox Add-Ons for Reverse Image Search. “Whether you need to track down the original source of an image, find a better quality image, or want to shop for similar products, reverse searching the image can come in handy. But without an add-on, you can’t search by image on Firefox. Therefore, here we’ll take a look at nine of the best Firefox reverse image search add-ons.”

CryptoCoin News: Skeptics Release Browser Plugin To Automatically Block NFT Profiles On Twitter

CryptoCoin News: Skeptics Release Browser Plugin To Automatically Block NFT Profiles On Twitter . “In the last week, Twitter released a new feature that lets NFT owners automatically verify their ownership of the digital art piece when they use the NFT as their profile picture…. One open-source developer, who goes by the name mcclure, even released a browser plugin that automatically blocks all Twitter users who use verified NFT profile pictures on her Github account, calling digital art NFTs an ‘investment scam’.”

Lifehacker: Google Chrome Can Identify Any Song in a Movie While You Stream It

Lifehacker: Google Chrome Can Identify Any Song in a Movie While You Stream It. “Shazam’s app made asking a barista for the name of a song a thing of the past, and has since expanded to become native to Apple’s ecosystem. However, even though Apple has owned Shazam since 2018, the service is still available across platforms. And the latest offering is conveniently an extension for Chrome, making it easy to identify the song in whatever video is playing in your web browser.” I was excited to see this because I watch a lot of breakdancing on YouTube and regularly hear songs I want to identify. I tested it on three dancing clips: twice Shazam identified the song and once it couldn’t even guess (I think it got stymied by crowd noise.)

Mozilla Blog: Mozilla partners with The Markup to launch Rally study into Facebook’s tracking and data collection practices

Mozilla Blog: Mozilla partners with The Markup to launch Rally study into Facebook’s tracking and data collection practices. “Browser maker Mozilla today announced a partnership with The Markup, the non-profit newsroom that investigates how technology is reshaping society, on a research project to provide insights into and data about a space that’s opaque to policymakers, researchers and users themselves. By joining Mozilla and The Markup’s ‘Facebook Pixel Hunt’ in Firefox, people can help Rally and The Markup unravel how Facebook’s tracking infrastructure massively collects data about people online – data that is used to target ads, tailor content recommendations and spread misinformation – all by simply browsing the web.”

Google Operating System: Bring Back YouTube Dislikes

Google Operating System: Bring Back YouTube Dislikes. “YouTube has recently hidden the number of dislikes for YouTube videos. In a blog post from November, YouTube announced that this was done to ‘help better protect our creators from harassment, and reduce dislike attacks’. The dislike button hasn’t disappeared, but the dislike counts were made private, so that only video creators could see them. If you install this Chrome extension, you can bring back the number of dislikes next to the ‘dislike’ button.” You’ll see some caveats in the article, but as they note it’s better than nothing.

Washington Post: Google is manipulating browser extensions to stifle competitors, DuckDuckGo CEO says

Washington Post: Google is manipulating browser extensions to stifle competitors, DuckDuckGo CEO says . “Google is already facing mounting legal challenges from regulators globally who accuse the tech giant of maintaining an illegal monopoly over its search and digital advertising businesses. But now one of its most prominent rivals is alleging that the titan is abusing browser extensions to favor its products and stifle competitors, adding a new wrinkle to the high-stakes antitrust debate and momentum to calls for new regulation.”