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Safari 6 now available for download

Safari 6 now available for download

Along with Mountain Lion, Apple has begun to roll out updates for several of its core Mac OS X apps, including Safari 6. The updated browser will be available for Lion as well as Mountain Lion, and features several new features over its predecessor, including Smart Search Field, Offline Reading List, Do Not Track, a password pane, and support for Baidu, a Chinese search engine. Some features, however, will only be available on Mountain Lion.

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Google refuses wrongdoing vs Safari, privacy fine confirmed

Google refuses wrongdoing vs Safari, privacy fine confirmed

This week it's been a real all-out brawl very much behind the scenes when it's come to the FTC cutting down Google for their supposed privacy infractions with the Apple Safari web browser - and today they've spoken up. Google has sent out an extremely tiny statement to CNN which essentially has them refusing the idea that they did anything wrong as far as privacy is concerned with Apple's Safari browser. In addition, CNN has gotten some confirmation of the privacy fine Google faces, though they're currently unwilling to share their sources on the matter.

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The Price of Privacy

The Price of Privacy

Talk of a $22.5m fine for Google over Safari user tracking has thrown the search giant into the spotlight once more, with opinion split over whether the proposed penalty fits the misdemeanor. The sum - which, if approved, would be the US Federal Trade Commission's biggest fine to-date - is a drop in the pond for Google, and it raises questions over whether quick checkbook fixes are encouraging cavalier attitudes toward privacy.

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Privacy advocates applaud incoming Google, FTC settlement

Privacy advocates applaud incoming Google, FTC settlement

The apparent incoming settlement between Google and the FTC is giving privacy groups a reason to celebrate today, as news of the possible $22.5 million deal is making headlines as the largest ever of its kind. Google, as many of you already know, is suspected of circumventing Safari's do-not-track settings and installing cookies on users' computers anyway, a revelation that did not sit too well with those who would prefer to have their surfing as private as possible. With a settlement likely in sight, privacy groups took time today to applaud the hefty fine the FTC imposed on Google for apparently ignoring Safari's settings.

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Google faces measly $22.5m fine in Safari privacy gaffe

Google faces measly $22.5m fine in Safari privacy gaffe

Google is likely to pay $22.5m to settle its privacy argument with the FTC, the largest such fine ever imposed, but a drop in the ocean for the search giant. The penalty - which amounts to $16,000 per violation per day - is over Google's decision to ignore Safari browser users' privacy settings around cookies, and will be officially announced soon according to the WSJ's sources; however, it also highlights the comparative limitations of such fines, with Google on average making $22.5m in the space of five hours last year.

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Opera: No comment on Retina but “will utilize every option” to be best browser

Opera: No comment on Retina but “will utilize every option” to be best browser

Opera has declined to confirm it is making a version of its browser suited to Apple's Retina Display on the new MacBook Pro, but told SlashGear that it "will utilize every option" to be the best on the market. With Opera 12 launching today, we asked Norwegian firm Opera Software if, like Google's Chrome team, it was working on an updated version of the app to suit the super-high-resolution Retina screen. Opera unsurprisingly played it coy, but dropped a few hints along the way.

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Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google will reportedly be hit with a regulatory fine for bypassing Safari users' privacy settings. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will soon conclude its investigations and is expected to issue a fine within the next 30 days. The fine could be far greater than the $25,000 that Google was recently slapped with by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for privacy issues involving its Street View car.

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