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Michael Calore: Crypto wallets.

Lauren GoodCryptocurrency wallets. And I went to install it. And the permissions were amazing. Once you install this on your browser, we’ve got permission to read, write, modify, modify, do whatever we want with your data while browsing. And I was like, “No way.” And so, yes. And permissions are a pet peeve of mine, given their overreach. So yes, be careful with browser extensions. And don’t use browser extensions as much as you think they’ll make life easier if their permissions are a little too powerful.

Michael Calore: Speaking of extensions. Matt, just to go back to DuckDuckGo for a second. It’s in beta right now, but do we know when the browser will get extensions?

Matt Burgess: So we’re talking about building a way for extensions to work without violating people’s privacy or any settings or permissions. So it doesn’t have a date yet, but it’s something they’re looking at, and it could be at some point in the future. As someone who has been trying this for a few days, I hope it comes when you get to the first real start. And this is out of beta, but still undecided, I’m afraid.

Lauren GoodWell, let’s take another quick break. And then when we come back, we make our recommendations.


Lauren Good: Okay, Matt, as our guest of honor this week, what do you recommend?

Matt Burgess: When I came on the show, it was this little bit that bothered me, he came up with something that might not actually be super weird. So I went with the easy book option. And so is the book. The woman in the polar nightIt’s a book about an Austrian painter named Christia Ritter who travels to a remote Arctic island in 1934. Being one of the only people there at the time, living in this really remote arctic space and hunting polar bears and all that comes with living off the grid.

Lauren Good: Wow. I want to read this. I want to do it. I just want to live. Get off Twitter forever.

Michael CaloreNowadays, I guess you can probably still find Twitter on a remote arctic island.

Matt Burgess: So another choice I bring when it turns into spring, like in the last two weeks I completely loved it and it’s pomegranate fruits, like many salads and all. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds in there just for extra health and a springtime feel.

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