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Why crypto is a waste of energy, full of crime, and isn’t really decentralized

As venture capitalists pour money into Web3 and crypto, David Rosenthal meticulously explains why the overly hyped technology is extraordinarily inefficient, insecure, and more centralized than decentralized.

Crypto Problems

Web3 and crypto skepticism is growing and people are finally starting to listen

Crypto skeptics have been trying to warn the public that cryptocurrency is a Ponzi scheme and Web3 is fake decentralization that can't fix a web that isn't broken. Critics have mainly been ignored as aggressive opportunism and skyrocketing token prices have silenced dissent. However, as crypto becomes more mainstream and people experience its downsides, critics' warnings are starting to be heard.

Crypto Skeptic Warning

Princeton privacy study halts GDPR/CCPA research over ethics concerns and industry blowback

Computer science researchers at Princeton University and Radboud University conducted an academic study that sent automated email messages to websites with GDPR and CCPA privacy policy requests from fake personas. Email operators, web admins, and privacy professionals interpreted the messages as security risks and legal threats, prompting the researchers to suspend the study and delete all communication.

Research Spam

Chrome adds feature that disables viewing HTML source code

To stop students from cheating on online quizzes and visiting blocked sites, Chromium developers updated ChromeOS and the Chrome browser to allow school IT administrators to disable viewing the HTML source code.

Hiding HTML Source Code

The dark patterns of Network Solutions

Registering a domain name at Network Solutions can be tricky and pricey, and transferring a domain away from them is an unwarranted waiting game.

Network Solutions

WP Engine adds Web Rules as an .htaccess alternative

WP Engine restored some of the lost functionality when they deprecated .htaccess files. The new Web Rules feature provides the ability to create rules for allowing and denying IPs.

WP Engine

Why WebKit supports AVIF but Safari does not

WebKit added support for the AVIF image format in April 2021, but it’s still unavailable in Safari. Its absence is because Apple chose an unconventional method for decoding images in its browser.

WebKit, AVIF, and Safari

Verisign raises dot com domain name prices again

The price for a .com domain is going up again thanks to ICANN’s 2020 decision to allow Verisign to increase wholesale prices indefinitely. Verisign is expected to make hundreds of millions of dollars more after agreeing to pay ICANN, the non-profit in charge of coordinating domains worldwide, twenty million dollars.

Rising cost of domains

WordPress 5.8 adds native WebP image format support

The latest version of WordPress now fully supports WebP images without the need for plugins or additional code.

WebP WordPress

Pinata launches dedicated IPFS gateways with custom domains

Creating an IPFS gateway with a personal domain just became incredibly easy to do with Pinata’s new dedicated gateway feature.

Pinata

IPFS may be the future of file hosting and content delivery

In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) made it affordable for independent web developers to build apps without the high cost. IPFS is positioned to transform the industry again through its free and high-availability distributed-web model.

IPFS

WordPress.com now builds small business websites

The CMS rolls out agency services to compete with drag and drop website builders Squarespace and Wix

WordPress.com Builds Sites

Adobe Flash Player now blocks all Flash content from playing

The twenty-five-year-old Adobe Flash Player is now end of life and will no longer play Flash content. Adobe is urging all users to uninstall it immediately.

Flash Player Notice

WordPress adds support for video captions and subtitles

The release of WordPress 5.6 contained several accessibility improvements, including the ability to add captions and subtitles to videos using the Web Video Text Tracks Format (WebVTT).

WordPress Video Captions

New ‘Do Not Track’ signal for browsers is designed to simplify privacy and be legally enforceable

Global Privacy Control (GPC) is a proposed standard for a browser signal that communicates to sites and services not to sell or share personal information. Unlike past ‘do not track’ efforts, this standard is designed to enforce existing and future laws.

Global Privacy Control

Cloudflare launches Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) for WordPress: Here’s how to install it

Cloudflare announced a new site speed optimization service called Automatic Platform Optimization. The service launched with support for WordPress, but it requires several steps to enable it for self-hosted sites.

Cloudflare and WordPress

Cloudflare offers API Shield for free with all plans

API Shield is available for customers with gRPC-based APIs and by request through a closed beta for JSON APIs.

Cloudflare API Shield

WordPress 5.5 now has automatic updates for plugins and themes, but you may want to avoid it

A much-anticipated feature was added to version 5.5 of WordPress. The popular CMS gained the ability to turn on auto-updates for plugins and themes. However, the new feature comes with risks.

WordPress Auto-Update

AVIF, a next-gen image format for the web, will have to wait in line behind WebP

WebP is on the verge of replacing JPEG and PNG as the best image to use on the web thanks to Safari 14 finally supporting it. However, an even better image format, AVIF, is already looking to replace it.

AV1 Logo

ICANN rejects sale of .org to private equity firm citing public interest

In a dramatic chain of events, the ICANN Board unanimously blocked its consent for Internet Society (ISOC) to change ownership of the non-profit Public Interest Registry (PIR) to the private equity firm Ethos Capital.

Rising cost of domains