Open Web

  • Chrome will soon make browsing sketchy sites less frustrating

    Chrome will soon make browsing sketchy sites less frustrating

    There’s little that’s more annoying than clicking on what you think is a video and finding out it was actually an image with a link to a dubious site. Or what about those links that take you to your destination in a new window but then navigate your original site to some ad for male enhancement pills? With Chrome 65, in pre-release channels today, Google plans to fix these issues. Read More

  • The open web is not going away Crunch Network

    The open web is not going away

    Dries Buytaert and Matt Mullenweg recently posted calls to arms in defense of the “open web.” I, too, am a believer in the open web. It delivers on the promise of the Internet: a world in which everyone is connected, and you can command as much attention as your content deserves. But I agree with them that it is threatened by dominant technology companies who have an economic… Read More

  • Google Starts Highlighting AMP Pages In Its Mobile Search Results

    Google Starts Highlighting AMP Pages In Its Mobile Search Results

    Smartphones and networks are constantly getting faster, but somehow the mobile web now feels slower than it ever did. That’s largely thanks to all the ads and trackers that most sites now use (and maybe the abundance of large GIFs, too). A few months ago, Google set out to change this when it launched the Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) project that aims to bring a Facebook Instant… Read More

  • ThinkUp App Goes For-Profit In Bid To Decentralize The Social Web

    ThinkUp App Goes For-Profit In Bid To Decentralize The Social Web

    ThinkUp App, the open source web application born from the non-profit Expert Labs that lets you capture, store and analyze your activity across various social networking sites, has rebooted as a commercial entity. ThinkUp the company is headed up by Lifehacker founding editor Gina Trapani and famed early blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash, who have been working together on Expert Labs since 2009. Read More

  • Wu vs. Lacy Round Three: Is the Enemy of an Open Web Apple or Is it Apps and Flips?

    Last week, Tim Wu challenged me to another, longer debate about the future of the Web. His new book, The Master Switch, argues that every time there is a major communications innovation, a handful of big companies find a way to close it off, keeping the future spoils for themselves. That hurts incremental innovation and ultimately hurts consumer choice in the name of convenience and low-prices. Read More