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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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German government recommends Chrome browser

German government recommends Chrome browser

The most common web browsers in most countries are Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. While in the US, our government doesn't recommend specific software for security when you're online, in Germany it's a different story. Germany's federal office of information security, known by the German initials of BSI, on the other hand, often recommends software to German citizens for the security.

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Firefox flirting with half-baked Chrome launcher rival

Firefox flirting with half-baked Chrome launcher rival

If you're a fan of the Firefox Web browser, you know that things haven't been going too well over Mozilla. The Firefox browser has been bleeding users to other browsers like Google Chrome to the point that it is actually dropped in rankings for users. The Firefox team over at Mozilla is intent on getting the users back and its daily builds show they are playing with new features, even if those features have apparently been pulled already.

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Chrome browser gets WebRTC baked in for Skype challenge

Chrome browser gets WebRTC baked in for Skype challenge

Google has released a dev-version of Chrome supporting WebRTC, the integrated real-time audio and video communications system that could see VoIP, video conferencing and even streaming gaming baked into the browser. "Instead of relying on custom, OS specific, proprietary plug-ins," the Chromium blog says of developers, "they can now easily build and maintain their apps using a few simple JavaScript APIs and have the browser do the heavy lifting."

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