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Goodbye, internet privacy, it was fun while it lasted. Issue 125 IN THIS EDITION 1. America wants to sell out your browser history 2. The site everyone in tech is checking daily 3. Apple actually wants to get into social content? Image: where I'm writing this newsletter on a lovely spring morning! Hello! I'm sitting at a cafe in Amsterdam on a glorious spring day writing you this newsletter – the weather is finally getting better! Don't forget to check out this week's Charged Podcast [http://chargedpodcast.com], if you'd like some of this newsletter in audio format. If you have any questions, thoughts or other feedback on the newsletter, feel free to reply! I love hearing from you. Until next week, Owen FYI  The US government just let ISPs sell your browsing history This week, the US senate voted to allow internet providers to sell your browser history to advertisers. Trump's presidency is going well, huh? Previously the FTC put a law in place that forbid the practice, but now that's been revoked entirely. ISPs argued that companies like Google and Facebook are allowed to track you, so why can't they? That argument makes sense, except internet providers can literally track everything going through your connection and paves the way for worse tracking – like your actual activity on websites or even direct advertisement injection – in the future. It's a disgusting move, in a market that's already constrained by little competition [https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-21-laws-states-use-to-crush-broadband-competition], so when your ISP decides to spy on you and sell that data, you have nowhere else to go. If you're in the US, it might be time to consider using a connection-wide VPN to shield yourself against such practices. Services like NordVPN [https://nordvpn.com], PIA [https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/] and even Tunnelbear make it trivial to set up, and if you choose to browse through another country it's harder to track your habits. You don't need to be doing something illegal or sketchy to need a right to privacy – ad companies can and will exploit your habits, so it's important to assume some protection. You know, along with using a good ad-blocker [https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en]. — Read more on BuzzFeed [https://www.buzzfeed.com/hamzashaban/the-republican-controlled-senate-votes-to-strip-internet?utm_term=.pfbwwl5EVj#.qgvooGBDO7] OTHER NEWS Android O preview is out with notification snoozing (handy!) [http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/21/14990876/google-android-o-8-update-developer-preview-release-battery-life-notifications-api] Uber's search for a COO is not going well [https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-21/uber-s-messy-breakup-complicates-search-for-coo] Medium is launching memberships for $5/month [http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/22/15028310/medium-membership-subscriptions-launch] Laptops banned on many flights from the Middle East [http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/20/news/companies/middle-east-airline-electronics-ban/] Apple is secretly working on Augment Reality [https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-20/apple-s-next-big-thing] Google Talk is finally dead [https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/03/updates-in-g-suite-to-streamline-hangouts-and-gmail.html] DON'T MISS  Meet the website the technology industry reads every day I'm hesitant to give up the secret of how I'm so up to date in technology, but Techmeme [http://www.techmeme.com/] has been a core part of my daily reading for years and if you're not using it, you should read about how it influences everyone in Silicon Valley, including Mark Zuckerberg. Techmeme, for all its flaws, is one of the few sites that breaks convention. It doesn't have an opinion, or editorialize, and helps you wade through the noise. This read, about where it came from and why it has staying power is refreshing, in a world where startups are constantly coming and going. – Read more on BuzzFeed [https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/meet-the-man-who-shapes-techs-narrative?utm_term=.rw177O8pYK#.yoO0083GoE] Great reads Modern JavaScrpt for ancient developers (great read for anyone who has modern-web overload like me) [https://trackchanges.postlight.com/modern-javascript-for-ancient-web-developers-58e7cae050f9#.f9ea1l3fp] Voice is the next big platform... unless you have an accent [https://backchannel.com/voice-is-the-next-big-platform-unless-you-have-an-accent-6a787f7e8500#.pkl6nfbcy] The hidden power of Stack Overflow [http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/03/the-hidden-power-of-stack-overflow.html] Shaking buildings in the world's largest earthquake simulator [http://99percentinvisible.org/article/earth-defense-shaking-buildings-worlds-largest-earthquake-simulator/] Why fake news spreads: a neurological explanation [http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/03/why-fake-news-spreads-neurological-explanation/136417/] What it's like to have your life's work blow up on a rocket [https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/rocket-launch-failure-spacex-antares/520287/] TWEET TWEET TIERS OF FRIENDSHIP 4- we hang out 3- we can travel together 2- I would take a bullet for you 1- I will speak to you on phone @emerylord [https://twitter.com/emerylord/status/843613539315204096] SUPER COOL  Apple's weird Snapchat-style app An upcoming app from Apple, called Clips, takes on Snapchat... sort of. It's an app for making 'social' style posts, full of filters, stickers and word art – something you really wouldn't expect from Apple at all. It's actually pretty promising, and comes with some cool features: one allows you to speak out loud, and the app will automatically transcribe what you're saying into motion-designed text on top of your image, presumably using technology from Siri. What's weird, is the app stops short of being a social network. You can make all this cool video, but there's nowhere to share it at the end other than your other social networks, or iMessage. Assumably Apple hopes to turn iMessage into a social network of sorts, but given that excludes hundreds of millions of Android users that's a pretty exclusive club. Clips is out next month, likely alongside iOS 10.3. — Clips [http://www.apple.com/clips] Thanks for being one of 11,500 subscribers in the Charged family! It means a lot to me!  Curated by Owen Williams. This newsletter is sent once a week. 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