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Michael Calore: crypto wallets.

Lauren Goode: Cryptocurrency wallets. And I went to install it. And the permissions were just amazing. It felt like once you install it on your browser, we have permission to read, write, change, modify, do whatever I think we want with your data while you’re browsing . And I was like, “No, absolutely not.” And so, yeah. And permissions are kind of a pet peeve for me, in terms of overreaching. So yes, be careful with browser extensions. And if their permissions are a bit too aggressive, just don’t use the browser extension, even if you think it will make your life easier.

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

Matt Burgess: So they said that they are currently looking to create ways for extensions to work without compromising people’s privacy or any of those kinds of settings or permissions that we just talked about. So it’s not one that has a date yet, but it’s something they’re considering, and it potentially will be at some point in the future. As someone who’s been testing this for a few days, I’m hoping it will come when they get to the first real launch. And it’s coming out of beta, but it’s still undetermined I’m afraid.

Lauren Goode: Alright, let’s take another short break. And then when we come back, we’ll make our recommendations.

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Lauren Goode: Alright, Matt, as guest of honor this week, what’s your recommendation?

Matt Burgess: Coming to the show is what I’m most anxious about, actually, finding something that maybe isn’t super weird. So I opted for the easy option of a book. And the book is A woman in the polar nightwhich is a book about an Austrian painter called Christiane Ritter, who traveled to a remote arctic island in 1934. And it’s basically her memoir of when she lived in a little hut with a husband and a other researcher, and it’s kind of thrilling in terms of being one of the only people at the time living in this really remote arctic space, and sort of hunting polar bears, and all of that, that comes with a totally off-grid life.

Lauren Goode: Wow. I want to read this. I want to do it. I just want to live it. Quit Twitter forever.

Michael Calore: These days, I bet you could probably still have Twitter on a remote polar island in the Arctic.

Matt Burgess:So the other choice I was going to bring is something that, as it’s become springtime, like the last two weeks, I absolutely loved, and that’s pomegranate seeds, like in so many salads and all that, just sprinkle a handful of pomegranate seeds in there, just for a little extra health and kind of a springtime feeling.