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iCloud Keychain unifies sign-in security

iCloud Keychain unifies sign-in security

Apple really isn't wasting any time today with their WWDC Keynote and are talking about numbers, the new Mac OS X Mavericks, App Store download numbers and Safari. Just to name a few. One important and awesome new feature is the iCloud Keychain. Apple's way of unifying and improving the sign-in process across all devices, while remaining secure.

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OS X Mavericks gives Safari a CPU-saving boost

OS X Mavericks gives Safari a CPU-saving boost

The web browser Safari has been given an unforseen boost this week during WWDC 2013 from Apple in their presentation of OS X Mavericks. This system's name comes from surfers down on the west coast - so too does the web surfing app at the head of Apple's efforts make with the updates.

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Apple OS X 10.8.4 update brings FaceTime, Microsoft Exchange improvements

Apple OS X 10.8.4 update brings FaceTime, Microsoft Exchange improvements

Today users of Apple's OS X 10.8 or higher will be seeing an update to their systems in the form of an OTA software notification. The version of OS X appearing on MacBook and iMac devices goes by the version number 10.8.4 and brings on a variety of boosts and bug fixes, not least of these being connectivity with "certain enterprise Wi-fi networks". Apple has also let it be known that Microsoft Exchange compatibility has been given a boost when it comes to the standard Apple Calendar app.

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Google pays $22.5m in FTC Safari cookie fine

Google pays $22.5m in FTC Safari cookie fine

Google will pay a $22.5m fine to the FTC after tracking Safari browser users who had opted out of cookies, the largest fine ever levied by the Commission but still a drop in the internet ocean for the search giant. The settlement, rumored back in July, will also require Google to deactivate any tracking cookies inappropriately placed on users' computers, and is being described by the FTC as "a clear message" that privacy rules are inescapable.

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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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