Internet News

Most Google Chrome Traffic Is HTTPS Protected

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 Drops Play Store Subscription Fee

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%.

Facebook To Introduce News Subscriptions On Android

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.

Facebook Trying A Temporary Status Option

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.

Facebook Explore Feed Reaches Desktop

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.

Facebook Says Russians Also Used Messenger

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.

Google Calendar For Web Updated With Nicer Look

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 Calendar for the web had long looked a bit outdated compared to the mobile app.