Google's latest stats on the utilization of HTTPS encryption around the web reveal most web traffic through Chrome is protected by HTTPS. Though the figure varies depending on the platform, 64 to 75% of traffic is secured. Google has tried to boost implementation.
Google is speaking with news publishers about a plan to offer subscriptions in a way that'd see the two entities share revenue, but that plan is still in its early stages. According to Google's news chief Richard Gingras, this setup would involve a revenue split superior to ads.
Spotify has launched a program called RISE that'll help identify and grow relatively new musicians with a high potential for success. Those who decide to work with Spotify through RISE will be assisted by "multi-tiered marketing" and "editorial programming."
Facebook Messenger has added a new way for users to transfer money between each other. Working with PayPal, the messaging service lets you send money with your PayPal account just as you could previously send money with Facebook's in-app credit and debit card transfers.
Twitter has laid out a timeline for its plan to reduce abuse, harassment, and bad behavior on the platform. CEO Jack Dorsey recently said the social network understands more needs to be done and now it's explaining how changes will be implemented in the coming months.
Google has reduced its fee for app subscriptions on the Play Store, bringing its policy in line with Apple's. Apple updated its policy on mobile subscriptions more than a year ago, dropping the fee from 30% to 15% in September 2016. Now, Google has made the same move to 15%.
The Honest Ads Act, a bipartisan bill, has been introduced with the goal of regulating political ads online in a way that's similar to how ads are regulated on TV and radio. It was introduced by Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar, two Democrats, with support from John McCain.
Facebook plans to launch a news subscription service based around Instant Articles and it'll first bring it to Android, not iOS. According to TechCrunch, the social network is now testing the subscription model for news sources that want to make money from Instant Article reads.
Like the temporary profile pics Facebook already offers, the social network is trying out a temporary status feature. The self-destructing status updates have appeared over the past few days, with some users gaining access to the ability. Facebook confirmed the test.
The Explore Feed, a separate news feed on Facebook geared towards helping users discover new content, is now available on desktop. It's been accessible for a little while through the main navigation area on mobile devices. Now it's showing up on the left sidebar on desktop.
Russia-linked groups utilized Facebook Messenger, not just the main Facebook platform, in their campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook's messaging VP, David Marcus, revealed a "very small" portion of the accounts used Messenger.
YouTube's machine learning technology has become pretty good at detecting extremism content uploaded to the platform even before it's ever reported. The company said in June that machine learning would play a big role in its fight against terrorist videos and related content.
For those users that need extra storage, Dropbox is now offering a new account option called Dropbox Professional. The new account is aimed at individuals who need more storage and features than are available with a standard Plus account, but still don't need a business account.
Facebook Live has been updated to include its own screen sharing capability, getting rid of the need for additional pieces of desktop software. If you want to stream your screen, such as for gaming broadcasts, all you need to do is hit "share screen" in the Live interface.
China consistently ramps up censorship activity in the lead up to the National Congress, a political gathering that takes place every five years. Greater online censorship has appeared ahead of the National Congress, which will take place on Wednesday.
If you're a celebrity, dissident, whistleblower, or perhaps just paranoid, Google's new "Advanced Protection" system is likely a better way to secure your account. The new opt-in security system requires a USB key for accessing your account via desktop.
Auto-play video ads are going to become more common in your Twitter feed. All advertisers can now utilize the social network's Video Website Cards, which Twitter found was a fairly successful format in beta tests. This format generates a higher clickthrough rate.
Google Calendar for the web has received a welcome design update. The new design and color style fits with the Material Design appearance many Google services have adopted over the years. Calendar for the web had long looked a bit outdated compared to the mobile app.
Snap is teaming up with NBCUniversal to produce scripted series for Snapchat and the first content is coming from the Duplass Brothers through their production venture "Donut." This isn't the first time Snap and NBC have worked together on TV content.
Privacy International says it has encountered evidence proving UK intelligence agencies are using social media to collect data, possibly on millions of people. This evidence has surfaced due to the privacy rights group's legal battle against UK spy agencies over their collection.