Google switching to continuous scrolling for desktop search

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Google is adopting continuous scrolling for desktop search results as it did for the mobile website in October 2021. Google says "you’ll now be able to see up to six pages of results" after reaching the bottom of a search results page, which is marked by a loading indicator and presumably faster than finding and clicking Next. This is meant to make things easier and it reflects the feed nature of countless modern services, though this is more common on mobile apps than desktop platforms.

Elon Musk is buying Twitter

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On Tuesday, representatives of the billionaire notified Twitter through a letter that he intends to move forward with the tumultuous deal, confirming earlier reports that things were back on track.

Musk and Twitter were headed to court over the deal, with the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive claiming that Twitter had misled him over the number of bots that existed on the social network. Without providing evidence of his claims, Musk has alleged that as much as 20% of Twitter's user base consisted of fake/spam accounts. Twitter has long maintained that less than 5% of its monetizable daily active users - a subset of its user base provided as a metric for advertisers - are bots. However, it now seems that Musk no longer intends to press the issue.

Adobe has agreed to acquire Figma for $20 billion

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Adobe has announced that it's acquiring Figma, a popular design platform, for around $20 billion in cash and stock. Adobe made it official in a press release shortly after rumors surfaced early on Thursday about a potential acquisition. It's big news in the design and development world, particularly as Figma has been competing heavily with Adobe's XD products in recent years.

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New Firefox privacy feature strips URLs of tracking parameters

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Mozilla Firefox 102 is released with a new privacy feature that strips parameters from URLs that are used to track you around the web. Many companies utilize custom URL query parameters technique to track clicks on links.

With the release of Firefox 102, Mozilla has added the new Query Parameter Stripping feature that automatically strips various query parameters used for tracking from URLs when you open them, whether that be by clicking on a link or simply pasting the URL into the address bar.

HiBit launches Site Audits service

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We are happy to announce that HiBit launches a new service called Site Audits.The service provides individualized and personalized reporting of requested webpages. Detailed action points are included to fix and/or improve each webpage. Some of our main goals are:

  • Improve webpage performance and decrease loading times

  • Optimize webpage for search engines and increase organic traffic

  • Make your website accessible for everyone and everywhere

  • Avoid security vulnerabilities and enhance user experience

You will find different plans to choose depending on your needs.

Rockstar accelerate GTA VI development

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Rockstar is accelerating the development of the GTA VI. People have been waiting for years, but Rockstar kept its focus on GTA Online. Apparently, the company is fully focusing on GTA VI. The company recently published a report stating that most of its resources are now focused on GTA VI development. For that reason, Red Dead Online will not receive big updates for the time being. Now, the studio is working on GTA VI and is searching for more talented developers to push things further. It needs a lot of talents to keep producing its new large-scale project.

U.S. FCC commissioner wants Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores

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A leader of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said he has asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores over China-related data security concerns. The wildly popular short video app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance.

Brendan Carr, one of the FCC’s commissioners, shared via Twitter a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. The letter pointed to reports and other developments that made TikTok non-compliant with the two companies’ app store policies. Carr’s letter, dated June 24 on FCC letterhead, said if the Apple and Alphabet do not remove TikTok from their app stores, they should provide statements to him by July 8.

GitHub Copilot is generally available to all developers

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When you type code or comments, GitHub Copilot suggests the next line of code. But it’s not only a single word or line of code. GitHub Copilot can suggest complete methods, boilerplate code, whole unit tests, and even complex algorithms.

Since the launch of GitHub Copilot technical preview last year, it’s become abundantly clear that AI is one of the best tools to empower the next generation of developers. Already, AI is acting as a copilot in our daily lives. It’s helping us write emails and essays, automatically generate photo albums of our loved ones, and even acts as a digital assistant to help us order groceries. But until now, AI has stopped short of improving code, leaving the process of developing software almost completely manual. That’s changing now. Now GitHub Copilot is generally available to individual developers.

Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to all users worldwide

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Starting today, Firefox is rolling out Total Cookie Protection by default to all Firefox users worldwide, making Firefox the most private and secure major browser available across Windows, Mac and Linux. Total Cookie Protection is Firefox's strongest privacy protection to date, confining cookies to the site where they were created, thus preventing tracking companies from using these cookies to track your browsing from site to site.