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Google restores Chrome’s PageRank after 60-day penalty

Google restores Chrome’s PageRank after 60-day penalty

Back in January, it was discovered that Chrome’s PageRank was being boosted as part of a third party’s marketing campaign. Google claimed it had nothing to do with the effort, placing the blame solely on the marketing firm, Unruly Media. As a result, Google manually lowered the PageRank for a period of “at least 60 days.” That penalty has now come to an end, with Chrome’s normal PageRank restored.

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Firefox 11 brings Chrome imports and 3D DOM viewer

Firefox 11 brings Chrome imports and 3D DOM viewer

The eleventh version of Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser is upon us. Firefox 11 brings various improvements over version 10. The casual user can look forward to improved stability, fewer crashes, and security fixes, although there are two big stand out features. The first is the ability to import bookmarks and history from Google Chrome, and the second is a 3D rendering tool of webpages, designed to help visualize page elements as blocks.

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Google agrees to “Do Not Track” Chrome button

Google agrees to “Do Not Track” Chrome button

Google will add a "Do Not Track" button to its Chrome browser, the search giant has conceded, after being challenged to put its software where its mouth is over online privacy. The new system will allow surfers to avoid having their viewing habits used to tailor advertising and more, as part of an industry-wide shift to make privacy controls more visible. The decision follows several high-profile criticisms of Google's approach to user privacy, as well as the Obama Administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights being revealed.

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Safari user sues Google over browser privacy

Safari user sues Google over browser privacy

And so it begins. An Apple user has filed suit against Google over the alleged bypassing of privacy settings on the Safari web browser. The story broke late last week when Google and several other web companies were accused of bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari browser on the iPhone and other Apple devices. Google had previously said that it would follow privacy settings that Safari uses.

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Microsoft blasts Google over Safari tracking

Microsoft blasts Google over Safari tracking

Microsoft has wasted no time in sniping at Google over claims the search company deliberately circumvented Apple's privacy systems in Safari so as to track users, pimping Internet Explorer in the process. "If you find this type of behavior alarming and want to protect your confidential information and privacy while you’re online" Ryan Gavin, IE business and marketing manager writes on the official Windows Team blog, "there are alternatives for you."

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Open webOS Iris browser released: 40k Enyo downloads to-date

Open webOS Iris browser released: 40k Enyo downloads to-date

HP's open-sourcing of webOS continues today, with the release of the underlying Isis web browser along with a governance model and more of the Enyo components developers will need to create their own webOS devices and apps. Enyo has already been downloaded 40,000 times in the three weeks since its release, the team says, and now there's the Isis Project, "a fast, standards-compliant web browser engine," to go along with it.

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Mozilla takes on Apple, Android with Open Web apps

Mozilla takes on Apple, Android with Open Web apps

Firefox creator Mozilla has revealed its plans to take on the closed ecosystems of Apple, Google and others, challenging developers to consider the entire web as their potential marketplace, not just the App Store or Android Market. Outlined in the non-profit foundation's 2012 roadmap, Mozilla aims to "enable web apps that rival native [code]"; "The Web must be made easier to develop for than proprietary platforms" the organization insists, as well as revealing plans to broaden the existing Mozilla Marketplace to a range of devices.

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Chrome for Android won’t ever get Flash

Chrome for Android won’t ever get Flash

Chrome for Android may have set its sights on being the default browser on your Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, but you'll have to make do with no Flash Player support if you give in to the new beta's allure. Having announced that its Flash Player mobile plans were over back in NovemberAdobe has confirmed that Chrome for Android does indeed arrive too late for a plugin of its own. That's despite Android 4.0 already having Flash Player support in the native browser.

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