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Inside Dev (Aug 15th, 2019)

1. Apple's WebKit team has released its Tracking Prevention Policy. Inspired by Mozilla's anti-tracking policy, the document outlines the types of tracking WebKit will prevent, such as, for example, all covert and all cross-site tracking. It also discusses the unintended consequences the new policy may have on legitimate practices such as analytics, audience measurement, and more. Although WebKit writes that "we will typically prioritize user benefits over preserving current website practices," the team also adds it will try its best to adapt, limiting the negative impact as much as possible. You can read the policy in full here. - APPLE INSIDER

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2. Stack Overflow has introduced CROKAGE, which stands for Crowd Knowledge Answer Generator, a service capable of providing more thorough answers to queries. With it, developers can receive solutions featuring both code snippets and explanations. The service is essentially a research project deployed on a university lab server created by a group of computer scientists, not Stack Overflow. An experimental version of it can be found here. Note that it's limited to Java queries, but its creators will expand to other languages and open to the public soon.  - STACK OVERFLOW

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3. Throwback Thursday: 

One year ago this week, the Las Vegas DEF CON, one of the world's largest hacker conventions, captured attention after Caesars Palace security seized and reportedly intimidated hackers. The hotel later explained security was acting in accordance with strict new policies implemented in the wake of the Oct. 2017 Las Vegas shootings. Nonetheless, many outraged hackers accused hotel security of acting inappropriately, with some alleging security looked through their belongings when they weren't in their rooms. Many reported being terrified.

"Current status: two members of hotel security banging on my door after I asked to go into my room and verify them with hotel security," tweeted bug and vulnerability disclosure program pioneer at Microsoft Katie Moussouris. "I'm on speaker phone with hotel security, asking for a supervisor to come verify. I'm terrified."

Thankfully, this year's DEF CON, which recently ended on Aug. 10, passed without incident.

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4. Node v12.8.1 is now available. A security release, it fixes seven different vulnerabilities that could have produced denial of service attacks, such as the "Data Dribble" and "Ping Flood" flaws. For a complete of updates and fixes, click here. - NODE.JS

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5. Mozilla has released Version 68.0.2 of its Firefox browser. This latest version fixes a bug causing some images not to be displayed on reload, allows developers to filter content in the Web console using regular expressions, and more. Click here for a full list of changes. - NEOWIN

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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