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ICANN Board Withholds Consent for a Change of Control of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) – ICANN

The internet community dodged a bullet today. The fate of the .org domain was up in the air recently until finally ICANN rejected it amidst public pressure. See the backstory here.

Source: ICANN Board Withholds Consent for a Change of Control of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) – ICANN

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Troy Hunt: Promiscuous Cookies and Their Impending Death via the SameSite Policy

Yet another potentially breaking change on the web. This time round it involves cookie handling (in the upcoming Chrome 80). The objective is to close off a class of attacks known as CSRF (cross-site request forgery). Expect other browsers to follow suit.

… any websites you’re responsible for that are passing cookies around cross domain by POST request and don’t already have a SameSite policy are going to start misbehaving pretty quickly

Source: Troy Hunt: Promiscuous Cookies and Their Impending Death via the SameSite Policy

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The Magical Science of Wi-Fi on Airplanes – OneZero

If you ever wondered how you can get Wifi on airplanes – massive objects flying at nearly 600mph at altitudes of more than 35000 feet – it is a feat of engineering explained by this article.

How we browse the internet at 35,000 feet

Source: The Magical Science of Wi-Fi on Airplanes – OneZero

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Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry – Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News

ICANN lifts price caps on .org registry. PE firm acquires .org registry. PE firm appoints former ICANN executives to top positions. Does something seem fishy here? How much does companies like Wikipedia have to pay to keep their .org domain from now on?

Ethos Capital is a new private equity firm lead by Erik Brooks. Brooks was at Abry Partners until earlier this year. Abry Partners acquired Donuts and installed former ICANN President of Global Domains Akram Atallah in the top spot there.

Source: Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry – Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News

(Edit) 2019-11-23: You can sign up to reject the sale.

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unCaptcha: A Low-Resource Defeat of reCaptcha’s Audio Challenge

CAPTCHA is almost ubiquitous in today’s web applications and an extremely popular CAPTCHA implementation is Google’s, namely reCaptcha. reCaptcha provides an audio version for visually-impaired users. Researchers manage to make use of free speech-to-text services to defeat audio reCaptcha.

unCaptcha: Talk is cheap in defeating reCaptcha

Source: unCaptcha: A Low-Resource Defeat of reCaptcha’s Audio Challenge

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AMP for email is a terrible idea

I totally agree with this article. Email is fine as-is. There’s no need to make it more “interactive” or “engaging” – we have the web for that. Email is one of the last vestige of the open internet that hasn’t been locked down into a walled garden. Please keep it that way.

Google just announced a plan to “modernize” email, allowing “engaging, interactive, and actionable email experiences.” Does that sound like a terrible idea to..

Source: AMP for email is a terrible idea