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A small update to Awesome New Tab Page today that adds a new type of ad unit to the new tab page itself.

These ads will not appear to you if you have AdBlock/AdBlock Plus installed (by design). If you don't have AdBlock installed, a button to hide the ads ("HIDE THIS AD FOR TODAY") is right above the ad unit and will remove it until the next day. In addition, ANTP Pro users will not see these ads.

Unlike ads I've tested in the past, these ads are very high quality ads that are optimized for you from some very reputable brands and websites.

This is just a test, and these ads may or may not stay based on user feedback. If you do notice them (they're floating off to the right of the latest version of Awesome New Tab Page, 2014.85.28) and have any feedback, feel free to comment below or reach out through the support website (http://help.awesomehq.com/). If these types of ads are successful and well-received, I hope to remove the other injected ads in the near future.

This update also includes a dozen or so small bug fixes and UI improvements. Thanks to all of the awesome users who've pointed out these bugs and provided feedback!
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Awesome HQ is finally ready for more people.
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My body is ready.
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Have questions about Awesome New Tab Page's permissions (included the most recently added one, <all_urls>)?

Please take a minute or two to check out this post that explains how all of the permissions are used.
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+Leven Browne I appreciate your comment. I stand by the way I have this implemented, and I think that I have found a great middle ground. Users can easily disable this with just 2 clicks (open settings > set to off), and I make it very clear through the extension's description and on the ads themselves.

The bigger issue with the 2 extensions that were taken down seemed (I don't know for sure though) to be 2 extensions that were violating parts of the ad policies: replacing ads and not labeling their ads as from their extensions. This is very deceptive, and not the type of behavior Awesome New Tab Page uses. It also didn't help that they were sold to an ad company that probably had no intentions of maintaining the extensions themselves. (FWIW, I'm the same guy who put Awesome New Tab Page up on the Chrome Web Store on 10/17/2011 ;))
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Going to be giving away a few Awesome New Tab Page t-shirts to people in the community over the next few days possibly weeks.

If you want one and are in the US, join the community and keep your eyes open. More details will be posted there, but you'd better be quick once the posts are made. Posts will be made using my personal account, +Michael Hart. (Notifications are so much easier/nicer for it than from this page.)
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Hi +Larry Harper; I'd like to offer you a t-shirt as well. If you'd like to have one, please email me a size (S/M/L/XL) and color (Asphalt or Royal) along with your US mailing address to tickets@ntp.uservoice.com

Look forward to hearing from you ;)
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Need to an Awesome New Tab Page widget to help you keep track of Twitter's stock in near realtime today?

Check out the Pro Stock Widget:
http://dev.antp.co/widgets#mhhpfinchgkfnkpkcfopficeiaijnhpc
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An update that goes way above and beyond the Chrome Web Store ad policies has just hit the Chrome Web Store (though it may take an hour to start publishing).

The update features a prompt that explains/shows how Awesome New Tab Page's new ads work, how they look, and and how you can disable them permanently with just a click.

I understand that some users find these types of prompts annoying. However, I want to make things very clear to you guys how the injected ads/deals/coupons work and remind you all that you, as always with Awesome New Tab Page, have complete control over pretty much everything.

I appreciate all of the users who have supported/support/will support the extension as well as +Awesome HQ. I am enthralled at the opportunity to make software that so many people use and love, and I greatly hope to continue to be afforded that opportunity. My goal, as it always has been, is to make awesome stuff for awesome people.

Stay awesome.

(There are also half a dozen small bug fixes and a typo correction included.)
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+Chuck Cortes Adware = includes ads. Yes, it's because of the ads included in the extension. All users are notified of this behavior and are given the simple directions to turn them off if they'd like.

Be wary of Extension Defender, which has too many permissions. Namely, it has access to your "browsing activity". It doesn't need that permission, as all it's doing is using the Chrome Management permission to allow easy uninstalling of your extensions. The Tabs permission, which they unnecessarily use, could one day be used maliciously.

Also be extra wary of Shield for Chrome because it has not only access to the URLs you visit ("browsing activity") but also data on all websites (Extension Defender recently removed this permission due to criticisms). It could itself be updated one day to inject ads or log your browsing activity to their web servers and you'd never know.

These extensions also have costs to build and maintain (server costs, CDN costs (CloudFront + SSL = $20 / month minimum), domain and template costs, etc.) and so far their revenue isn't clear. Plus of course development time and time spent checking extensions for adware, malware, or trackers (even if you crowdsource submissions, they have to be verified).
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With +Awesome HQ's release getting closer in conjunction with my confidence that it's a significantly better product, I've decided to plan the discontinuation of Pro features for Awesome New Tab Page at the end of 2014 (next year).

With that in mind, the sale of Pro subscriptions for Awesome New Tab Page have ended, both yearly purchases and monthly subscriptions. 

Here's a blog post explaining how this works if you are a Pro user; hint: It shouldn't impact you unless you want a free Awesome HQ Pro account.

I hope you all have an awesome New Year!

Edit: If you'd like to get updates about Awesome HQ, you can follow the blog or join the mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/LBKaL
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Thank you for the info. 
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Who wants an Awesome New Tab Page t-shirt?

First person to post a picture of their Awesome New Tab Page in the community and link to their post it in the comments on this post gets one!

Rules:
 - Must be in the US (sorry; shipping internationally costs more than the price of the t-shirt, ~4x the domestic shipping price)
 - Must not have gotten a t-shirt before
 - Sizes available: S, M, L, XL
 - Colors available: Asphalt, Royal
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It was Prep Sportswear. I was trying to change the design on a sweatshirt but the "Similar" button kept coming up over the design. 
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A few people have asked for a free-trial of sorts for trying out Pro before paying anything. If you prefer to try things risk-free before paying anything, good news!

You can now give Pro a try free for a week. You can take a look at the Glass theme on your install. You can try the Pro Stocks Widget (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mhhpfinchgkfnkpkcfopficeiaijnhpc) and see how easy and awesome Synchronization is.

Want to give it a try?

https://pro.antp.co/subscription/purchase?type=monthly
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Awesome New Tab Page™ is an extensible extension for Google Chrome that replaces the default new tab page with something a little more awesome.

Get help and submit feedback at UserVoice.

Awesome New Tab Page is developed and maintained by Awesome HQ, LLC, owned and operated out of the beautiful city of Seattle by +Michael Hart.