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Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Websites are funded by ads. You probably see them right now on either side of this text. A lot of the ads you see on the web at large are courtesy of Google, who has one of the largest ad networks around. Paywalls exist for seeing content without ads, but you’d almost have to be a superfan of the site to pay upfront to see the content within. In what’s being billed as an “experiment”, Google has released Contributor, their attempt at crowdfunding ad-free sites.

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Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

In the mobile payment space, Apple Pay dominates the headlines lately, but Google Wallet has been riding its coattails admirably. Via the web, there are even more big players, with Amazon and PayPal dominating the online transaction game. Though they don’t specifically note why, Google is taking Wallet out of the hands of many Developers, and will be discontinuing its use for digital goods in March of next year. This definitely affects those who use Google as a payment service via their website, but doesn’t affect Google Play at all.

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Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

You’ve probably seen Ello pop up on your RSS feed (or however you happen to keep up with information) over the past few days. The new social media site has been dubbed the “anti-Facebook”, due to its strikingly sparse interface and promise to not make you the product. To gauge how accurate that is, I went inside to discover what Ello is, and who it isn’t for.

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VIN Lookup makes it easier to search for recalled cars

VIN Lookup makes it easier to search for recalled cars

With millions of vehicles, motorcycles included, recalled in the US alone every year, owners sometimes have a hard time trying to keep updated. In order to give owners the weapon of knowledge, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has introduced a new search tool on their SaferCar.gov website that makes checking such kind of information easier.

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New social account shames insecure websites as needed

New social account shames insecure websites as needed

Data security is a sensitive topic, but a necessary one. Just as touchy is discovering a site you use doesn’t make a passing attempt at securing your data, instead leaving it to chance. With wireless data transfer a commonplace occurrence, one Tumblr account is bringing those who have done us wrong a measure of shame.

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New website ranks hotel WiFi so you can stream in peace

New website ranks hotel WiFi so you can stream in peace

When booking a trip, the hotel stay is important. You want a nice area, a nice bed, and an even nicer breakfast (and hopefully cookies in the lobby). Sometimes, you’re let down by the WiFi connection — a headache you didn’t ask for. A new website makes sure you don’t have those annoyances, or that you can at least plan accordingly.

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Google is beta testing a domain hosting service

Google is beta testing a domain hosting service

As some expected they might do at some point, Google has opened up a domain hosting service. The aptly named Google Domains is currently in beta form, and sits at invite-only. Though Google hasn’t shared just when it would open up for mass consumption, the reasoning behind the new service is sound.

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Lichess embraces blind players with new chess site features

Lichess embraces blind players with new chess site features

With the fast-paced advancement of technology, it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone is as physically capable. The owners of the Lichess website, which hosts free online chess games, was awakened to that realization when they were approached by a blind chess player looking to join their community. Fortunately, technology and computer games have advanced to that point that has made this wish a reality.

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