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Google pcmaffey.com

How to build a free, privacy-focused alternative to Google Analytics

Google Analytics runs on over 56% of all websites. It’s the backbone of ad-tech across the web. Unfortunately, for site owners like me who just want to learn how people are using their website—while respecting their privacy—there simply aren’t any alternatives that meet all my requirements. So in two days, after a couple dead-ends, I built my own using React, AWS Lambda, and a spreadsheet. This is how. It’s somewhat ironic that the datastore for this project is Google Sheets. That aside, this is a well-done effort and one that I wouldn’t mind adapting for use around these parts.

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Google github.com

Using Google's speech recognition to beat Google's ReCaptcha

A little ingenuity paired with changes to ReCaptcha’s audio challenge allowed this hacker to create a Python ‘robot’ that defeats the ‘not a robot’ test with 90% accuracy. The approach is brilliant: Navigate to Google’s ReCaptcha Demo site Navigate to audio challenge for ReCaptcha Download audio challenge Submit audio challenge to Speech To Text Parse response and type answer Press submit and check if successful The code is small enough to grok in 5-10 minutes. Love it!

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Peter Bright arstechnica.com

Google isn’t the company we should have handed the web over to

Peter Bright writes for Ars Technica: Microsoft adopting Chromium puts the Web in a perilous place. […] With Microsoft’s decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally been ceded to Google. That’s a worrying turn of events, given the company’s past behavior. This post was mentioned in Slack by James Lovato about a former Microsoft Edge intern claiming Google callously broke rival web browsers. Then, Nick Nisi chimed in to mention this post by Jeremy Noring as “an interesting rebuttal/defense of what they’re doing.”

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