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YouTube Music cracks down on rampant chart manipulation with new pay-for-play ban – TechCrunch

YouTube Music cracks down on rampant chart manipulation with new pay-for-play ban – TechCrunch

YouTube will no longer allow paid views and advertising to influence its YouTube Music Charts, the company announced this morning. Instead, it will calculate its rankings based only on view counts coming from organic plays. In addition, it’s changing its methodology for reporting on 24-hour record debuts to also only count views from organic sources […]

4 Google Assistant additions worth watching

4 Google Assistant additions worth watching

Google Assistant may not be perfect, but goodness gracious, is it ever growing. Seems rarely a month goes by these days where Google doesn’t announce some new capability for its platform-defying (and, some would argue, platform-creating) virtual assistant. But Assistant’s most significant growth spurt may still be ahead of us. A handful of new and […]

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 10

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to 10

What a long, strange trip it’s been. From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google’s mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved. Here’s a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform’s birth to present. […]

Mozilla previews Firefox VPN, will charge for service at some point

Mozilla previews Firefox VPN, will charge for service at some point

Mozilla this week resurrected its Test Pilot preview program, offering Firefox users a free VPN-like service to encrypt browser-to-site-and-back transmissions over public networks. “The Firefox Private Network is an extension which provides a secure, encrypted path to the web to protect your connection and your personal information anywhere and everywhere you use your Firefox browser,” […]

Complex September update brings large Windows, browser and development tool patches

Complex September update brings large Windows, browser and development tool patches

Back to school, back to work…and now back to Microsoft updates. I hope that you got some rest this summer, as we are seeing an ever-increasing number and variety of vulnerabilities and corresponding updates covering all Windows platforms (desktop and server), Microsoft Office and a widening array of patches to Microsoft development tools. This September […]

Heads up: Microsoft is back to snooping with this month’s Win7 and 8.1 ‘security-only’ patches

Heads up: Microsoft is back to snooping with this month’s Win7 and 8.1 ‘security-only’ patches

Heads up: Microsoft is back to snooping with this month’s Win7 and 8.1 ‘security-only’ patches | Computerworld If you thought you could install Microsoft’s ‘security-only’ patches and just, you know, get security fixes, think again. This month’s KB 4516033 (Win7) and KB 4516064 (Win8.1) install and activate full telemetry. Thinkstock “); }); try $(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd( threshold […]

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