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Chrome’s idle detection is surveillance says Mozilla

Chrome 94 has officially dropped. As is always the case with a new browser version, there’s plenty to be excited about. However, there are also some items to be skeptical about, including a feature Mozilla claims enables surveillance on you. How Chrome’s New Feature Is Harmful Chrome 94 introduces a controversial idle detection API. Basically, websites can ask Chrome to report when a user with...

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Google acquires Fitbit

The news below makes it seem like the Google/Fitbit deal is secured. However, the United States Justice Department’s investigation into the acquisition is still ongoing. This raises doubts on whether the deal will sail on without any more troubles. The DOJ gave the following statement to a few publications (h/t Android Police): The Antitrust Division’s investigation of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit remains ongoing. Although the...

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Google faces lawsuit for tracking private internet use

On Tuesday a lawsuit began where  Google was sued in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they...

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Cloudflare moves from reCaptcha to hCaptcha

A recent Cloudflare blog talks about their decision to move to hCaptcha. We recently migrated the CAPTCHA provider we use from Google’s reCAPTCHA to a service provided by the independent hCaptcha. We’re excited about this change because it helps address a privacy concern inherent to relying on a Google service that we’ve had for some time and also gives us more flexibility to customize...

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After years of Google Chrome, Firefox beats Chrome

In this, an MSN blogger will talk about how his experiences with Firefox have lead him to feel that Firefox beats Chrome. Yesterday I used Google Chrome to download the newly released Firefox 74 and I don’t want to switch back. Let me back track a little. I used to be a Netscape Navigator guy, then I moved to Internet Explorer and enjoyed those...

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Google admits to more Chrome tracking

Google openly admits user suspicions about Chrome tracking. Google has stopped claiming that an identifier it uses internally to track experimental features and variations in its Chrome browser contains no personally identifiable information. In February, Arnaud Granal, a software developer who works on a Chromium-based browser called Kiwi, claimed the X-client-data header, which Chrome sends to Google when a Google webpage has been requested,...

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YouTube’s classic interface phased out in March 2020

Google will be removing the classic interface from YouTube in March of 2020. Google introduced a new look for YouTube in 2017 for desktop browsers, which polarized its audience who either hated or loved the new experience. The company went on to make numerous tweaks, the last of which made video thumbnails a bit too large for comfort, prompting a wave of outrage from...

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App detection for Chrome sparks more privacy concerns

A nascent web API called getInstalledRelatedApps for app detection offers a glimpse of why online privacy remains such an uncertain proposition. In development since 2015, Google has been experimenting with the API since the release of Chrome 59 in 2017. As its name suggests, it is designed to let web apps and sites determine whether a corresponding native app is installed on a user’s...

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Google Cloud Print ends December 2020

It’s almost December, but Google’s 2019 product bloodbath isn’t done yet! The latest product to receive a death sentence this year is Google Cloud Print, an excellent printer-to-cloud bridge service that launched in beta in 2010. According to a new Google support page and emails sent out to GSuite Admins, Cloud Print will die December 31, 2020, at which point it will no longer be...

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Google gives Chrome users reasons to switch to Firefox

Google gives Chrome users reasons to switch to Firefox. Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only, according to 9to5Google. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop current ad blockers from working efficiently. And the software giant is not backing down: It says the only people that can use...