Don't Panic Labs Reading List

DPL Reading List – March 5, 2021

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Each Friday, we share a curated list of articles we found during the past week. Here’s the list of the new and interesting ones we found this week. If there’s an article you think we should read, let us know in the comments below.

 

Brave is developing its own privacy-focused search engine – The privacy-focused browser is now working on its own search engine after its purchase of Tailcat, an open-source search engine. It will also be working on its own ad network to the search platform.

 

A 1990s iMac Processor Powers NASA’s Perseverance Rover – New Scientist reports that the Perseverance rover is powered by a PowerPC 750 processor, which is the same processor Apple used in its original 1998 iMac G3.

 

Microsoft Teams will soon let you pretend to be a news reporter during meetings – Teams’ three new modes will be available soon. One of which is a “Reporter” option that lets you place content above your shoulder as a visual aid, similar to news anchors during TV segments.

 

Is Your Browser Extension a Botnet Backdoor? – We’ve recently seen how browser extensions can be attack vectors for malicious players. Security researcher Brian Krebs examines the economics of extension development, and why installing extensions can be a risky proposition.

 

How one of Google’s massive undersea cables detects earthquakes – During a test run last year, one of Google’s fiber optic cables was able to successfully pick up on nearby earthquakes because of distortions in light pulses. Could our web of undersea cables be used to track earthquakes? Research says it is possible.

 

Stuck in a productivity rut? Try incorporating acts of service into your routine – Extending your care and energy towards others is an easy, enriching way to boost your motivation.

 

How to Stay Optimistic (When Everything Is Awful) – We’re living through difficult times and it’s often difficult to stay energized or upbeat. This author provides four ways we can be more optimistic.