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Microsoft’s New Edge Browser Logo Looks… NSFW to Me

While we may still not know when the final version of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser is coming out, we got our first look at its logo this weekend. The redesigned icon was the reward for solving an elaborate Easter egg hunt inside the latest Canary versions of Edge. Apropos of its wave design, the puzzle’s final leg involved beating a hidden surfing minigame. Read More >>

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Report: Google Staff Suspect New Internal Software is Designed to Suppress Employee Dissent

Staff at Google are wary that the company may be building “an internal surveillance tool” with the purpose of crushing employee dissent, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Chrome To Start Blocking Mixed Content Pages

Google has announced that it will begin blocking mixed content on https:// pages by default. Read More >>

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Google is Baking-in a Tool to Help Break Your Terrible Password Habits

Google is rolling out its handy Password Checkup tool to a wider audience because let’s be honest: how good is your password protocol? If you share your login credentials, re-use passwords across accounts (whether or not you perceive those accounts as low-risk), or use easy-to-guess passwords for any of your accounts, the answer is: probably not as strong as you think. Read More >>

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Google Says Mysterious Wave of Unbootable Macs is Their Bad

A serious flaw in Google Keystone, which controls Chrome updates, is capable of doing major damage to macOS file systems on some computers and has been linked to data corruption that struck Hollywood video editors and others on Monday evening, Variety reported. Read More >>

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Google Gives Chrome Better Tab Management and Deeper Customisation

After rolling out Chrome version 77 earlier this month, Google has returned to update its web browser (on both desktop and Android) with improved tab management, some upgrades to the Chrome address bar, and extra options for enhanced customisation. Read More >>

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Google Wants It Both Ways

Google is facing a flurry of backlash after announcing plans to protect user privacy by continuing to allow cookies in Chrome in a proposal it calls the Privacy Sandbox. This felt like a surprise, since the company suggested in May that it would “update how cookies are handled in Chrome.” Since Apple, Mozilla, and Microsoft are all moving away from tracking users through cookies, it seemed like Google would do the same. But nah. Cookies are good for advertisers, and Google makes a tonne of money selling ads. Read More >>

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Stop Using Hijacked Passwords That Google Already Told You Were Bad

In February, Google did us lazy bums a favour by adding a Password Checkup extension for Chrome. The way it works is the extension will send you a warning to change your password whenever logging-in to a site using a username or password that’s previously been leaked in a third-party data breach. This is all good, except for the part where Google conducted a study and found that a good chunk of people who installed the extension straight up ignored the warnings and kept reusing old, hijacked passwords. Read More >>

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Here’s Why Some Websites Can Still Tell You’re In Chrome’s Incognito Mode

The whole point of Incognito Mode on Chrome is to maintain some level of privacy on the internet—meaning, sites don’t know when you’re on them, and as a nice bonus, you can sometimes get around pesky paywalls. That said, web developers and publishers have since wised up, prompting Google to recently try and make Incognito mode more incognito with Chrome 76. The operative word being try, as it appears some sites, including The New York Times, have figured out how to still bypass Incognito Mode. Read More >>

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Google Sticks Another Knife in Flash’s Corpse

The killing blow to multimedia software Flash made contact with its skull in 2017, when maker Adobe announced that it would begin Flash’s “end-of-life” phase and stop updating and distributing it by the end of 2020. Flash – which nerds of a certain age cohort may remember from sites like Newgrounds or files like “annoying.swf” – has been riddled with security holes that allowed malware delivery since way before the Flash brand was officially retired in 2015, and it’s long been replaced in all but niche uses by successors like the open-source HTML5. Read More >>

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Google Chrome Update Will Close ‘Loophole’ That Tipped Sites Off to Your Incognito Mode

In a move that is bound to piss off more than a couple of publishers, Google is readying to fix the “loophole” that allowed sites to see when you’re browsing in Incognito Mode. Read More >>

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Chrome Extension Filters Out the Political B-Word

Two app developers have had it with hearing about the dog's dinner of "Brexit" piping out of every news orifice in the land, so have taken direct action to filter out the dread B-word at source. Read More >>

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Google is Testing a Play/Pause Button for Audio and Video on the Chrome Toolbar

Google is adding a new function to play, pause, or skip through videos or music via the toolbar to its Chrome browser, though it is currently only available via the Canary development browser and remains quite buggy, per the Verge. Read More >>

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Google: No, Of Course, We’re Not Slowly Killing Ad Blockers

A few months ago, Google announced changes were coming to improve privacy, security, and performance with regard to Chrome extensions. In particular, one change didn’t sit well with ad blocker developers, who claimed Google was looking to diminish their efficacy. At the time, at least one company threatened to pursue filing an antitrust complaint. Read More >>

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Firefox Deploys a Slew of New Privacy Features, Taking Aim at Facebook and Invasive Online Trackers

There are plenty of browsers to choose from, but two of the most popular, when it comes to privacy at least, are headed down radically divergent paths. Read More >>