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BULLETIN: A federal judge has set a tentative trial hearing date of Big Publishing's lawsuit against the Internet Archive on November 2021. blog.archive.org/2020/09/03/ju

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Activists rally to save Internet Archive as a lawsuit from publishers threaten to shut it down decrypt.co/31906/activists-ral

If people are smart, it's time to archive the Archive right now. In other words, fork it and turn it unto a decentralized platform. I hope someone out there is working on that.

Plus you have to think libraries need some decentralization as well as this lawsuit could kill libraries as we know them.

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Publishers/authors are trying to officially kill the Internet Archive torrentfreak.com/publishers-su

It's become very clear that these publishers and authors want to kill libraries and it would be a dangerous precedent if they win.

For example: libraries never needed permission to lend books, and these same publishers are trying to change that with this suit. techdirt.com/articles/20200519

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The great people over at The Markup has released Blacklight, a real-time website privacy inspector that illuminates hidden tracking technologies on any website you browse. Try it out here: themarkup.org/blacklight

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Blacklight is a new "realtime web privacy inspector" from The Markup: you give a URL, and it gives you back a realtime snapshot of the trackers on that page.

themarkup.org/blacklight/

Though you may think of this as a "gotcha" tool that lets you see how the site you visit are nonconsensually harvesting your data, a core audience for this tool is web publishers, who often have no idea how the partners they trust invite others to the party.

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I fully expect Bethesda to become Xbox and Windows exclusive in the long term, which like I said it'll won't be good for anyone.

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Microsoft plans to buy Zenimax Media, Bethesda's parent company for $7.5 billion bloom.bg/35S3hLr

Microsoft is trying to monopolize the gaming industry over the past couple of years by buying all these companies and it's not going to be good in the long term. Boy, the House Antitrust Committee has to be beating themselves for not inviting them like the other Big Four a couple months ago. It's called building a monopoly.

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It's really a shame that people haven't mention that the WeChat ban is more significant than TikTok and thankfully a judge temporarily halted the ban which would have taken place this morning. It would have discriminated Chinese Americans especially. flip.it/x6mtuf

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So far this year Mozilla has: Discontinued Firefox Send and Notes, laid off employees, announced they're shifting focus away from their web browser, introduced Mozilla VPN (reskinned Mullvad with Mozilla telemetry), Firefox Monitor (all breaches sourced from haveibeenpwned), and introduced "Firefox Private Network" (a VPN that isn't Mozilla VPN, only works with Firefox Desktop, and uses Cloudflare).

I believe this is what you call a "lack of direction"

Been relaxing with a re-read or Console Wars since a documentary is going to be out based off the book.

Still a must read on the history of the gaming industry.

My last words before I sign off for the night for US folks:

This is the most vital election in our lifetimes and you must vote like your life depends on it, because there's a good chance this could be the final true election in your lifetime. If you need inspiration, take RBG's legacy and do something to ensure that hers isn't in vain.

The entire republic is at stake. I hope you do the right thing.

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We'll never know this, but this is going to be the biggest "what ifs" ever.

What if RBG retired in 2012?

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It's all but guaranteed that any progress the US has had over the last decade would vanish unless Dems win the Senate and expand the court.

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Are dark year just become darker.

Expect a third justiced nominated and approved by the 1600 Man.

We're so fucked...

USPol and TikTok - WeChat 

Say what you will on TikTok and WeChat but these bans will set a huge precedent that presidents can shut down companies they don't like and this a huge blow to freedom of expression, and human rights. cnbc.com/2020/09/18/trump-to-b

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So far and from what I remember:
- Thunderbird has almost died, not sure if it's current state could be called alive
- mozembed
- XULRunner (and other XUL stuff)
- FirefoxOS
- send.firefox.com
- Persona ("Sign In with Mozilla")
- Mozilla Suite (at least Seamonkey is a thing)
- Some libre flash reimplementation, forgot the name shumway maybe?
- Is Servo declared dead with the layoff?
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Advice of the Season 

Please get a flu shot, you can thank me after.

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