Google has released a new browser extension for their Chrome browser called Keep My Opt-Outs, which is a simple way to opt out of Google-based advertising tracking, along with ad tracking from other major advertising companies. The company points out that this is in part an answer to governments and groups asking for "no track" options online. It's worth noting that this is an extension that needs to be downloaded, so this won't change much for advertisers. Everything this extension does could be done manually before, and people who go out to get it may well have been blocking tracking cookies in the past. Still, this is a good step which will hopefully lead to similar tools on other browser platforms.
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We know a ton of Mac users who use Tweetie for Mac as their desktop client of choice. However, since Twitter acquired Tweetie, they've kind of put the desktop client on the back burner. It still works and all, but newer features like lists and retweet are sorely missed. However, thanks to developer Nick Paulson, there's now a free SIMBL plugin that forces Tweetie to use Twitter's native retweeting functionality. We highly recommend it for all Tweetie users out there.
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For the musically inclined, the Indamixx laptop is all kinds of tuneful fun. The Atom-based netbook has ArdourXchange for importing sessions and over 2,900 drum sounds, 260 plugins and effects and 350 classic samples and scratches. For $499.99, it comes with its own carrying case, a 1GB SDcard, 30 days of free software support, free shipping in the U.S. and a freebie t-shirt. Pre-order with a $99.00 down payment and do it by December 15 to guarantee an Xmas delivery.
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We all know the feeling - you submit a search to a service like Google, and the result you get back are mostly horrible. A lot of it can be considered spam, and it is just impossible to sift through the 3,480,000 results that have just been returned. This is where the new search service Mahalo comes in. They have a large team whose main goal is to put together quality search results by organizing the best links for common search terms. So you get all the good stuff, and none of the spam or other atrocities that have become the status quo. So, the tricky part - people are so used to Google and Yahoo!, so how do you get them to switch over to your service? This is where the new Mahalo Follow plug-in comes in. After installing it, you continue doing your searches in your normal search engine. However, when Mahalo has a result for the search, their results are displayed in a pane alongside them. This allows you to compare the quality of their results with those of your traditional search engine.
We’ve been using Mahalo Follow for a couple of days now, and while we weren’t sure we’d like it at first, it’s grown on us. If you are using Firefox, we suggest you give Mahalo Follow a try. If you do, hit us back in the comments and let us know what you think.
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