Boo! Facebook Disconnect’s Scary Install Dialog

On October 31, 2010

It’s Halloween, a good time to answer a frequently asked question about this scary confirmation box that pops up when you install Facebook Disconnect:

This extension can access: Your data on all websites

Google Chrome Extensions, like all installable software, can potentially do bad things and the extension gallery displays accordingly dire warning messages. Unlike compiled programs, though, extensions let you easily view their (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) source code to make sure they don’t actually do anything malicious.

Facebook Disconnect triggers a warning because the extension has to inject JavaScript into every page you browse to disable the component Facebook links. There are three ways to get a packaged extension’s code (a topic worthy of its own post), but you can just look in my repository since I’ve open-sourced Facebook Disconnect.

Update (December 3, 2010): If you’d rather take my word for it than read my code — Facebook Disconnect doesn’t store your personal data and never will, unless you opt in to anonymously provide data for diagnostic purposes in the future.

Facebook Disconnect Logo

On October 21, 2010

I’ll have more to say about the making of and response to the Facebook Disconnect extension later. For now, I’m dumping all different sizes of the logo I made for you to post. These images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (the same license Creative Commons marks their own work with).

Spread the word!

140 x 140:

Facebook Disconnect Logo (140 x 140)

128 x 128:

Facebook Disconnect Logo (128 x 128)

64 x 64:

Facebook Disconnect Logo (64 x 64)

48 x 48:

Facebook Disconnect Logo (48 x 48)

32 x 32:

Facebook Disconnect Logo (32 x 32)

16 x 16:

Facebook Disconnect Logo (16 x 16)

HTML5 Game Jam in 20 Pictures

On October 15, 2010

Last weekend, we ran Google’s first-ever game jam in the Netherlands (with Spil Games) and San Francisco. We put food, beer, and developers in and fun games came out. Here’s a look at the sausage being made in San Francisco:

Mobile Lawsuit T-Shirt

On October 6, 2010

George Kokkinidis made an awesome infographic yesterday, which shows who’s suing who for infringing their mobile patents. Since I’m speaking on a panel at the CTIA wireless conference tomorrow, I turned George’s chart into a shirt to wear there:

Mobile Lawsuit T-Shirt

P.S. You can pretty much calculate how screwed (or not) a company is using the chart. Here’s an equation to do so:


E.g., Kodak is:


100% screwed.

Almost Resignation Letters on TechCrunch

On October 3, 2010

I thought TechCrunch’s acquisition by AOL was a Bad Thing, for pretty much everybody involved — the readers, the writers, the startups, AOL. Paul Carr voices what must be the prevailing feeling among his peers: “Like most serious writers, I’ve always dreamed of working for AOL.”

So I can’t say I’m surprised by the ha-ha-only-serious letters of resignation that have been popping up on the site since. Already, three of TechCrunch’s dozen staff writers have posted all-but-goodbyes: