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Brave integration deepens support for Unstoppable Domains

Brave announced that more than 2 million Unstoppable domains can now be used to display decentralized websites in Brave, a secure and privacy-centric browser that allows you to explore the Internet without being tracked. Through the Unstoppable Domains integration with Brave, creators can build decentralized content with a domain that they fully own and control – or explore the nearly 30,000 websites and counting that have been created using an Unstoppable domain. Brave integration goes beyond .crypto to include more top-level domains such as .nft, .x, .wallet, .bitcoin, .blockchain, and .dao.

Through the Brave integration with Unstoppable Domains, domains like Sandy.nft and Brad.crypto function just like normal Web2 addresses, but are hosted on the InterPlanetary File System (IFPS), a decentralized, peer-to-peer network. Brave offers a browser with native support for IPFS—meaning you don’t need to take any additional steps, or download any additional software, to access decentralized sites. Navigating to an IPFS URL is as simple as clicking a link. Native support for IPFS is a key piece of infrastructure for decentralized websites where both the domain and Web content are owned entirely by the user and distributed across a network of nodes.

https://brave.com/decentralized-websites/

W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization

From the W3C…

The World Wide Web Consortium is set to pursue 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The launch as a new legal entity in January 2023 preserves the core mission of the Consortium to shepherd the web by developing open standards with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community.

At the operational level, which is not changing, W3C Members are bound together for our technical work, united around the W3C’s mission to lead the web to its full potential by creating open standards that ensure that the web remains open, accessible, internationalized, secure, and interoperable for everyone around the globe.

We need a structure where we meet at a faster pace the demands of new web capabilities and address the urgent problems of the web. The W3C Team is small, bounded in size, and the Hosted model hinders rapid development and acquisition of skills in new fields.

We need to put governance at the center of the new organization to achieve clearer reporting, accountability, greater diversity and strategic direction, better global coordination. A Board of Directors will be elected with W3C Member majority. It will include seats that reflect the multi-stakeholder goals of the Web Consortium. We anticipate to continue joint work with today’s Hosts in a mutually beneficial partnership.

As important as all these points are, they only represent a change to the shell around W3C. The proven standards development process must and will be preserved.

W3C processes promote fairness, enable progress. Our standards work will still be accomplished in the open, under the W3C Process Document and royalty-free W3C Patent Policy, with input from the broader community. Decisions will still be taken by consensus. Technical direction and Recommendations will continue to require review by W3C Members – large and small. The Advisory Board will still guide the community-driven Process Document enhancement. The Technical Architecture Group will continue as the highest authority on technical matters.

Our transition to launch the legal entity includes concrete stages – adoption of Bylaws: filing for 501(c)(3) non-profit status; election and seating of a Board of Directors – all to transfer staff, Member contracts, and operations to the new structure.

https://www.w3.org/2022/06/pressrelease-w3c-le.html.en

Apple, Google and Microsoft commit to expanded support for FIDO standard

Apple, Google and Microsoft announced plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. The expanded capabilities will give websites and apps the ability to offer an end-to-end passwordless option. Users will sign in through the same action that they take multiple times each day to unlock their devices, such as a simple verification of their fingerprint or face, or a device PIN. This will be more secure when compared to passwords and multi-factor technologies such as one-time passcodes sent over SMS.

The platforms already support the FIDO Alliance standard, but previous implementations require users to sign in to each website or app with each device before using passwordless functionality. Today’s announcement extends these platform implementations to:

  1. Allow users to automatically access their FIDO sign-in credentials (referred to by some as a “passkey”) on many of their devices, even new ones, without having to re-enroll every account.
  2. Enable users to use FIDO authentication on their mobile device to sign in to an app or website on a nearby device, regardless of the OS platform or browser they are running.

https://fidoalliance.org/apple-google-and-microsoft-commit-to-expanded-support-for-fido-standard-to-accelerate-availability-of-passwordless-sign-ins/

Cloudflare collaborates with Microsoft and search engines to help improve websites’ search results

Cloudflare, Inc. announced it will work with Microsoft, Yandex, and other search engines to help businesses get the most timely and relevant search results to their customers. By participating in the IndexNow.org initiative, Cloudflare will allow websites to automatically notify search engines whenever content is created, updated, or deleted so they can be more efficiently crawled. Now, all Cloudflare customers can ensure users see the most up-to-date version of their content, all with a single click.

Search engines use a complex network of bots to crawl the ever-changing content on the Internet so people can find relevant, timely content. Today, approximately 45% of Internet traffic comes from web crawlers and bots. To help improve the efficiency of crawlers on the web, Cloudflare launched Crawler Hints, an easy way to signal to bot developers when content has been changed or added to a site, so they can make more efficient choices about what to crawl. Website owners will be able to improve site performance by reducing unnecessary bot traffic and to provide timely content, which ultimately helps improve search rankings. Now, Cloudflare is using the IndexNow standard to bring Crawler Hints to major search engines.

https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-now-supports-indexnow/ https://www.indexnow.org/index

dotCMS announces dotCDN

dotCMS, a hybrid content management system, launched dotCDN, a new integrated content delivery network (CDN). dotCDN enables faster content delivery through a reliable network of intelligent edge servers across the world and uses real-time analytics based on your content and network metrics to make sure users are always served content from the most optimal edge server. dotCDN can make both traditional and headless architectures perform fast, while still allowing for fully customized, context-based experiences and omnichannel marketing campaigns. dotCDN’s capabilities: 

  • dotCDN includes a workflow that will automatically invalidate pages, content and assets as they are updated and published or deleted in dotCMS.
  • dotCDN enables users to speed uncached requests across regions, so even content that’s not cached on the CDN is accessible.
  • dotCDN offers optional edge storage which statically stores files and replicates them across 4 continents. 
  • dotCDN monitors your content and traffic and can offer you different routing options and optimizations. 
  • See the traffic your CDN is getting with graphs and figures showing Bandwidth Used, Requests Served and the Cache Hit Rate.
  • dotCDN automatically monitors and stops many types of DDoS attacks. 

https://dotcms.com

W3C updates candidate for decentralized identifiers

The Decentralized Identifier Working Group has just published a second Candidate Recommendation Snapshot for the Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0.

This document defines Decentralized identifiers (DIDs), a new type of identifier that enables verifiable, decentralized digital identity. A DID identifies any subject (e.g., a person, organization, thing, data model, abstract entity, etc.) that the controller of the DID decides that it identifies. In contrast to typical, federated identifiers, DIDs have been designed so that they may be decoupled from centralized registries, identity providers, and certificate authorities. DIDs are URIs that associate a DID subject with a DID document allowing trustable interactions associated with that subject. Each DID document can express cryptographic material, verification methods, or services, which provide a set of mechanisms enabling a DID controller to prove control of the DID.

Candidate Recommendation means that the Working Group considers the technical design to be complete, and is seeking implementation feedback on the document. The group is keen to get comments and implementation experiences on this specification as issues raised in the document’s Github repository. The group expects to satisfy the implementation goals (i.e., at least two, independent implementations for each of the test cases) by July 17, 2021.

https://www.w3.org/TR/did-core/

Netlify announces Next.js integration for enterprise teams

Netlify, creator of the modern Jamstack web architecture, announced the ability to auto-detect and install Next.js applications with zero configuration. Netlify is designed for teams to modernize web architecture and workflow without locking in a JavaScript framework. Each team can migrate to Next.js from another framework or choose from a rapidly evolving ecosystem of frameworks such as Angular, 11ty, Nuxt.js, Vue.js and more. Netlify auto-detects the framework and enables support for:

  • Preview mode: Server-side render a live preview of a web app to share, gather feedback and make changes in real-time without requiring a build.
  • Next.js 10: Key elements of Next.js 10 include internationalized routing and React 17 support.
  • Atomic and immutable deploys: Compatibility with incremental static regeneration and server-side rendering techniques.

Capabilities for enterprise teams running Next.js applications.

  • Unified development workflow: Build, test, deploy and manage frontend and serverless code together from a single Git-based workflow.
  • Release management controls: Handle complex web rollouts with build settings and environmental variables tailored to branches, split testing for managed rollouts, and controls to limit publishing to the main branch.
  • Security and compliance: Security features including SOC 2 Type 2 attestation, SAML single sign-on (SSO) support, role-based access control, and two-factor authentication.
  • Self-hosted GitHub and GitLab integration: Use Netlify with enterprise versions of GitHub and GitLab that are often self-hosted. The integration is enabled and managed from the Netlify UI.
  • 24/7/365 production support.

https://www.netlify.com/

Twitter acquires Revue

From the Twitter blog…

Twitter has acquired Revue, a service that makes it free and easy for anyone to start and publish editorial newsletters. Revue will accelerate our work to help people stay informed about their interests while giving all types of writers a way to monetize their audience – whether it’s through the one they built at a publication, their website, on Twitter, or elsewhere. Many writers and publishers have built their brand on Twitter. Our goal is to make it easy for them to connect with their subscribers, while also helping readers better discover writers and their content. We’re imagining a lot of ways to do this within Twitter.

Bringing Revue to Twitter will help writers grow their paid subscribers while also incentivizing them to produce engaging and relevant content that drives conversations on Twitter. Starting today, we’re making Revue’s Pro features free for all accounts and lowering the paid newsletter fee to 5%, a competitive rate that lets writers keep more of the revenue generated from subscriptions. We will continue to invest in Revue as a standalone service, and its team will remain focused on improving the ways writers create their newsletters, build their audience and get paid for their work. We’re also expanding their team and hiring for key roles across engineering, design, research and data science.

https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2021/making-twitter-a-better-home-for-writers.html

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