Microsoft is trying to make Chrome extensions work on Edge


Microsoft's very first batch of Edge browser extensions is small, but it seems the company's taking steps to make sure Windows users get more in the future. According to Microsoft Senior Program Manager Jacob Rossi, the tech titan is developing a "porting tool to run Chrome extensions in Edge." It will presumably make things even easier for developers to create Edge versions of their extensions, though Rossi clarified that it doesn't support all APIs. The tool isn't finished yet, as well, but it's not like most users can start installing plug-ins on their browsers anyway. Redmond has just begun testing the feature, and for now, only Windows Insiders in the Fast ring can enjoy it.

Twitch's custom extensions can now ask for Bits


You didn't think Twitch would offer streamer extensions without finding a way to generate money from them, did you? Sure enough, the customization feature now accepts Bits (the microtransactions you normally use to tip streamers) for on-page games and other features. Chip in a few cents and you can participate in games with broadcasters (such as arcade or trivia titles), predict who's likely to win and mess with the streamer by voting in polls that decide what they do next. The support is available today through dozens of extensions on launch, and it's available to both Affiliates and Partners. No, the thought of having to pay just to interact with a streamer isn't thrilling -- some of these features have been available for free, including channel bots that don't require extensions.

Timely browser extension replaces ‘alt-right’ with ‘white supremacy'


As the alt-right grows louder, journalists are still debating what to call the movement. One Chrome extension, at least, has taken that decision out of their hands. The "Stop Normalizing Alt Right" browser extension replaces appearances of the phrase "alt-right" with the phrase "white supremacy." The term "alt-right" was coined to describe a far-right ideology whose supporters often espouse racist, misogynist and otherwise bigoted views. But since Donald Trump's win in the presidential election, many have called for journalists to more directly refer to the movement as "white nationalist" or "neo-Nazi."

Protect your privacy online with these data-guarding browser extensions

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Facebook isn't the only site guilty of losing user data, but it's certainly the biggest player in the social networking space--and it's very keen to monitor your movements. Even when you're not on the Facebook site itself, web plug-ins such as the ubiquitous Like button can keep tabs on your activity. To solve this problem, Firefox developer Mozilla has released the Facebook Container Extension, designed to...well, contain Facebook so it can't follow you around other websites. Your personal identity on Facebook, which you use to like photos or share articles, gets locked within a virtual container that's separate from the rest of your web activity. This prevents the social network from seeing what you do on other sites.

A new AI-powered Chrome extension judges content on its 'trustworthiness'


An artificial intelligence company has launched this week what it says is the first autonomous AI tool for determining the "trustworthiness" of a story.