Tom’s Guide: Google Chrome is making this controversial change to keep you safe. “With Chrome 86, Google is expected to tweak the address bar so that it only shows the website’s domain, not the full address of the web page you are on. Google is making the move in order to make it easier for users to spot when they’ve landed on a phishing site.” ICK.
Daily Beast: Covid Cashout: Plastic Surgeons and Cannabis Startups Rush to Grab Coronavirus Trademarks. “Trademark applications filed with the Patent Office show an explosion in products marketed in some fashion as related to the virus. Nearly 200 applications containing the words ‘coronavirus’ or ‘COVID’ have been filed since March 29, the first time either word appeared in a trademark application, according to USPTO’s online database.”
Mashable: A private equity firm now runs .org, the domain for nonprofits . “A private equity firm will soon run the internet’s top domain name extension for nonprofits after purchasing the nonprofit organization that runs it. Public Interest Registry (PIR), which runs the .org domain registry, has been sold to private equity firm Ethos Capital, according to the registry’s parent organization, Internet Society. The price of the acquisition is still unknown.”
Noupe: Top 10 Wikipedia Page Creation Services that Can Boost Your Online Presence Drastically. “….Wikipedia page creation has now become a part of writing and content creation services and many agencies are steadfast in providing these page creation services to global clients. Now that you have clearly understood the importance of a Wikipedia page and all the reasons to have one, here are the top 10 Wikipedia page creation agencies that can assist you in enhancing your online presence.” I’m not posting this because I think agencies like this are great (frankly they make me feel icky) but because I didn’t know they existed, and figured maybe you didn’t either…
The Guardian: Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws. “Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.”
Watchdog.org just added another part to its Google series. (I thought it was a three-part series. Apparently not.) “Some former Google employees-turned Obama administration officials may have violated the president’s own ethics policy in meeting with their former colleagues. Four White House staffers who previously worked for Google met with their former co-workers within a year of transitioning from the company to the Obama administration.”