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Fun Size for 8/1/18: What if Google paid you?
Unicorn baby pictures
Oh, those early awkward years: CBInsights has tapped the time machine to compile screenshots of what 39 websites of multi-billion dollar internet companies looked like back when they were just getting started.
What’s so dangerous about a little old plug-in? The Next Web has all kinds of good advice about why you should be wary of Google Chrome extensions and how to protect yourself from the malware that can come along for the ride.
A helping hand
Constrained by staff and budgets, many small non-profits don’t make technology a priority, so they may not be making full use of their data. Worse, they may be vulnerable to data breaches. To the rescue: Force for Good volunteers, JPMorgan Chase engineers who help non-profits build out their tech capabilities, OZY.com reports.
Flashing blue lights
The predominance of blue lights on our computer and phone screens may actually be causing health problems, affecting our ability to fall asleep and even being linked to some cancers. Fast Company reporter Amber Case makes a good case for stepping away from the light.
Mid-year hack review
2018 is more than half over, presenting the occasion for a quick review of the worst cybersecurity breaches of the year, so far, compliments of Wired.com.
Beauty and the book
A new book from Taschen promises “a bibliophile beauty pageant” of some of the world’s most stunning libraries. This BBC.com feature story showcases nine European knockouts.
Hotwiring in the digital age
Today’s cars come with electronic key fobs that not only cost a fortune to replace, they’re also apparently transmitting their signal to potential car thieves, who can copy the code and unlock your vehicle. This Detroit Free Press article offers tips to prevent data theft using low tech items like tin cans and aluminum foil.
Swipe right for your next read
LibraryThing has acquired the app Litsy, which combines Instagram and Good Reads to offer book recommendations and a place for readers to share comments and quotes. Even spoilers, if that’s the sort of reader you are. Lifehacker has the goods.
What if Google paid you?
Advertisers pay companies like Facebook and Google billions for your personal data – why not pay you? Those two internet companies alone raked in $137 billion from advertisers in 2017 while you enjoyed their “free” services and endured their embedded ads. The Economist reports on efforts to monetize the value of personal data and treat it as labor.