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How leading Google One is like solving a puzzle

July 23rd, 2021

When office life became video call life in 2020, people around the world experienced the drain of remote meetings. Larissa Fontaine might be the one exception. “Video calls can be hard because you’re just moving from one thing to the next…but I also get a lot of energy from them,” she says with a smile….

Web Features That May Not Work As You’d Expect

July 23rd, 2021

As the web gets more and more capable, developers are able to make richer online experiences. There are times, however, where some new web capabilities may not work as you would expect in the interest of usability, security, and privacy. I have run into situations like this. Like lazy loading in HTML. It’s easy to…

ECMAScript proposal: JSON modules

July 21st, 2021

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer looks at JSON modules, which is already live in Chrome 91 (but nothing else). It looks just like an ES Modules-style import, only you asset the type at the end. import configData from ‘./config-data.json’ assert {type: ‘json’}; How nice is that? Once this makes its way across browsers, we’ve gone on a…

Why Shakira says there’s no limit to what girls can do

July 21st, 2021

When you hear Shakira’s name (or when her catchy lyrics inevitably get stuck in your head), you may think of her as an international pop sensation, Latin American icon, or stunning performer. But there’s a fourth characteristic to add to that list: philanthropist and advocate for education. Shakira has been a champion of this work…

WordPress 5.8 Tatum

July 20th, 2021

Introducing 5.8 “Tatum”, our latest and greatest release now available for download or update in your dashboard. Named in honor of Art Tatum, the legendary Jazz pianist. His formidable technique and willingness to push boundaries inspired musicians and changed what people thought could be done. So fire up your music service of choice and enjoy Tatum’s famous…

Faster and more efficient phishing detection in M92

July 20th, 2021

Keeping Chrome users safe as they browse the web is crucially important to Chrome; in fact, security has always been one of our four core principles. In some cases, security can come at the expense of performance. In our next post in The Fast and the Curious series, we are excited to share how improvements…

Explore the undeciphered writing of the Incas

July 19th, 2021

Issac Newton once said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” By adopting this age-old phrase, he acknowledged that all “new” discoveries depend on all that preceded them. At Google, we firmly believe that history has much to teach us. For me personally, as a Latin American, I…

WP Briefing: Episode 13: Cherishing WordPress Diversity

July 19th, 2021

In this episode, Josepha Haden Chomphosy discusses the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to the fabric of the WordPress project and how we can move from a place of welcoming it to cherishing it. Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, either written or as a voice recording. Credits…

WordPress Admin Warnings in the Block Editor

July 16th, 2021

We sent out an email the other week that ultimately had a <video> in the HTML markup. We send the newsletter by creating it here in the WordPress block editor, which is fetched through RSS-to-Mailchimp. Mailchimp dutifully sent it out, but the HTML was such that it totally borked the layout. This lead to some…

Polishing up emoji and making them easier to share

July 16th, 2021

We talk a lot about the most frequently used emoji — 😂, 😭,❤️… But what about 📬? Who will speak for 📓? With over 3,521 emojis, there is a lot you have to scroll past to get to 👑. While working from home, plus the delay of Unicode’s next emoji release, we had some time…