Product Hunt Weekly Digest
October 1st, 2018
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Google's had a terrible, horrible, no good very bad few months.

First, the new Google Chrome update automatically began logging browsing history in perpetuity if you logged into any Google-owned service, like Gmail or YouTube. They quickly backtracked, promising a more secure version with next month's release. They've also been caught secretly tracking your location data... even if you've opted out.

Google also began development of a censored search engine in China and took part in buliding Pentagon-funded AI tools to improve targeting for unmanned drones. Over 3,100 employees signed a petition to dissuade Google from taking the contract.

To top it all off: the EU fined Google $5 billion dollars for antitrust violations earlier this summer. That's a lot of Google Home Minis. 😮

Users are beginning to fight back. Launched yesterday by serial-builder Pieter Levels, No More Google curates the best apps to replace your Google-owned tools. Came in #1 on PH with 850+ upvotes. 🏆

Replacing Chrome? Try Firefox Quantum or Brave.
Replacing Google Search? Try DuckDuckGo.
Replacing YouTube? Try Dlive.
Replacing Google Docs and Sheets? Try Notion and Airtable.

It's community driven, so you can even upvote or add your favorites. Share your thoughts about No More Google in the comments. 🔒
While most tech companies hoard data and patents, a small contingent are slowly open-sourcing internal tools to help the rest of the world design beautiful and accessible apps.

Just this week, Lyft's design team launched Colorbox, a design tool used to build accessible color systems. There are an estimated 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired – Colorbox makes it easy to design interfaces that anybody can interact with, not just those with 20/20 vision.

"Color is instrumental in how we perceive the world, and that could not be more true within interfaces. At Lyft, we believe in an inclusive future where anyone can pick up a product and be successful." – Kevyn Arnott

Lyft isn’t the only unicorn giving things away. Facebook published a collection free design resources. Uber released their distributed deep learning framework. Airbnb's design team open-sourced Lottie, a tool to add high-quality animations to any native app:

"In the past, building complex animations for Android, iOS, and React Native apps was a difficult and lengthy process. You either had to add bulky image files for each screen size or write a thousand lines of brittle, hard-to-maintain code. Because of this, most apps weren’t using animation — despite it being a powerful tool for communicating ideas and creating compelling user experiences." – Airbnb Design

There are hundreds of open source tools just waiting for you. Check them out. 👨‍💻
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