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Wed
15
Aug
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Google Misleads Safari Users; Fined $22.5 Million

Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million penalty for misleading users of the Safari browser about its privacy policies. It's the largest penalty ever imposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for this type of offense. The case involves cookies, ... the small text files which a website places on a user's computer to identify and help track them. In many cases, cookies help advertisers deliver particularly relevant advertisements (Amazon's "Recommended for You" feature is one example). Google Tricks Safari With Bogus Code Since many web users don't like being followed, Apple decided ... (view more)

Fri
10
Aug
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Internet Explorer 10 Defaults to 'Do Not Track'

Microsoft has confirmed its "Do Not Track" feature will be switched on by default in the new Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) web browser. The decision is intended to protect user privacy. However, it has earned a frosty reception from some online ... advertisers. The feature was introduced to prevent users' online activity from being reported to third-party groups, a concern when advertisers began gathering information from multiple websites to compile very detailed pictures about what individuals do online. Since then, browser makers have worked on a variety of measures to combat this ... (view more)

Mon
28
May
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Facebook Buying Opera Browser: Report

According to a new report, social networking website Facebook is currently in negotiations to purchase Internet browser-maker Opera Software. If true, observers believe the acquisition could give Facebook a launching pad for the construction and ... distribution of a new browser which would revolve around the use of social media. The report comes from technology blog Pocket-lint, which says that unknown though "trusted sources" have said that Facebook is discussing the purchase of Opera Software, based in Oslo, Norway. According to Pocket-lint, a Facebook browser "would allow you keep up to date ... (view more)

Thu
05
Apr
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Internet Explorer Makes Surprising Turnaround

After several years of trending market share losses by Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft's flagship browser appears to be winning back some customers. However, experts suggest the resurgence may not represent a permanent reversal of fortune. Web ... statistics firm Net Applications now reports that the proportion of web users worldwide who are running Internet Explorer has risen in each of the past three months, while Google Chrome has consistently dropped during the same period. The recent growth is a notable change in a long-term Internet Explorer trend of losing its dominance over Google's ... (view more)

Wed
04
Apr
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Windows 8 Interface at Heart of New Firefox

Mozilla has unveiled the first version of a new browser specially tailored to work with Microsoft's upcoming operating system (OS), Windows 8. The new edition of Firefox utilizes the Metro interface, which is expected to become a central element of ... the new Windows 8 user experience. The Metro feature is primarily designed for effective use of touchscreen devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers, and any PCs that incorporate a touchscreen display. The Metro interface is most notable for displaying information in special "tiles" that can easily be moved around on the screen and ... (view more)

Tue
28
Feb
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Google Sneaks Browser Cookies, Tracks Users

Microsoft has accused Google of ignoring the privacy settings on browsers. Google says it's all a misunderstanding, but politicians have suggested there could be legal consequences. The dispute centers on web browser cookies, which are small text ... files a website sends to a user's computer, intended to provide information to various sites for customizing the user's online experiences. However, cookies can also be used to track a web user's online activity. To prevent this, most browsers allow users to limit the acceptance of cookies. For Apple's Safari, the default setting accepts cookies only ... (view more)

Tue
14
Feb
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New Internet Explorer 9 Edition Targets Child Safety

Microsoft has released a customized edition of its popular Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser, this one intended for use by children. In addition to adding links to online safety sites, the new version includes content protection that is switched ... on, by default. The new children's edition of IE9 has been developed with the help of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), a British organization that includes police officers, government officials and representatives from some major tech firms, including Microsoft. Bookmarks, Tabs Bring Safety to Forefront The updated ... (view more)

Mon
16
Jan
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Internet Explorer 6 Finally Dead: Report

Microsoft has finally declared Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) dead. Internet Explorer 6 is considered to be one of the most dangerous web browsers to use online because it is easily exploitable and can become easily infected with malware (with can lead ... to identify theft, or worse). Internet Explorer 6 first debuted way back in 2001, the same year Microsoft released its Windows XP operating system (OS). The five years that followed were IE's heyday, with Microsoft's hold on the browser market its strongest ever. Today, statistics reveal that fewer than 1 per cent of American Internet users are ... (view more)

Mon
02
Jan
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Firefox 9 Released, Offers Major Speed Boost

Mozilla has released the latest version of Firefox, its popular web browser. The firm claims that this latest edition, Firefox 9, performs significantly faster with its new JavaScript engine. Available simultaneously for Windows, Mac, Linux, and ... Android, Firefox 9 showcases the JavaScript "Type Inference" enhancement that Mozilla has been developing for the past 12 months. With the new JavaScript code, a browser that visits web sites which make heavy use of JavaScript (such as Facebook, iGoogle, many game websites, etc), the pages should load significantly faster and with less ... (view more)

Wed
28
Dec
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Firefox Receives Three More Years of Google Funding

Google has renewed its deal to be the default search engine for the Firefox browser, providing Mozilla a major financial boost. But some suggest Microsoft bargained for that same slot, and ponder the implications for the search market. Google's ... contract for Firefox's default search engine position was worth $89 million in 2009 and $103 million in 2010, about 85 per cent of Mozilla's revenue. Experts believe Mozilla's other licensing deals, grants, and donations from users would produce nowhere near enough income to keep the browser well supported and updated. That may explain why it is asking ... (view more)

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