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“The European Commission's statement of objections against Amazon is centered on the firm's "dual role" in e-commerce, where it is both a retailer and also a platform for third-party retailers. As a platform, Amazon has access to proprietary data about all those other merchants' online business, which it then gathers and uses anticompetitively to get a leg up in its own retail operations, the EU alleges.”

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

#amazon

FreeTube - free (as in freedom) YouTube client. It is something as NewPipe for desktops. You don't need to Google account to subscribe your favourite channels (FreeTube can import subscriptions from NewPipe).There are no ads and all data is store locally.

Read more: freetubeapp.io

#YouTube #FreeTube #Privacy #FreeSoftware

Killed by Mozilla
killedbymozilla.com/

A list of discontinued Mozilla products and services.

The makers of youtube-dl didn't infringe on anyone's copyright. They simply provided information to the public about how to perform a certain task. t.co/6bt5Zw1Ih5

Working as a Tech sector senior policy officer for the UK government:

#1 goal of job - "to ensure that the UK is an attractive location for investing in.."

So having lunch with lobbyists then?

No mention of regulation of said sector - just not important apparently

civilservicejobs.service.gov.u

Branch is an online magazine written by and for people who dream of a sustainable and just internet for all. branch.climateaction.tech/ cc @alcinnz

This feels gross on so many levels. First, Spotify already severely underpays artists. Second, they are taking an even bigger cut in exchange for maybe some extra reach. Third, they are effectively injecting ads/sponsored songs into personalized playlists. thenextweb.com/apps/2020/11/03

I feel sorry for those who browse the web without an ad/tracker blocker. What an unmitigated mess.

I'm super excited to officially announce: I have just launched goodreports.com - a new review site for non-toxic online tools, fully supported by users.

Please share - we need to give more exposure to teams creating good tools.

And yes, @Mastodon itself gets a mention!

creativegood.com/blog/20/annou

Hi @markhurst - you might find some of the stuff on here interesting about browsers and other software and a very detailed look at Mozilla digdeeper.neocities.org/

Episode 5 of my talks to @alcinnz rediscovering the web browser including his Linux browser Odysseus and his 'audio browser' Rhapsode. jamesmullarkey.com/2020/10/red

Episode 4 of my talks to Sarah Kiden who is studying the impact of the on local communities.

She has also researched internet speeds and connectivity across Africa.
jamesmullarkey.com/2020/09/stu

Does anyone know if Tristaaaaaaaaaaaarn has joined Mastodon yet?

Maybe someone who knows him from College might know? Hmm.

...and there is probably one thing even more evil than gluing/soldering the cells into devices: battery controllers with DRM built in. Yes, just like how printer makers were putting electronics in their ink cartridges preventing refills. Some devices and battery packs have self destructing charge controllers that stop working when the input voltage goes too low to prevent 3rd party cell replacement.

I know. Liability blah blah blah. That is the excuse. The real reason is planned obsolescence.

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