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Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

Yahoo starts ‘Do Not Track’ this summer

This week Yahoo Inc has announced that they'll offer their own "Do Not Track" feature on all of their associated websites by this summer. What we've learned over the past few weeks about how much and how often search engines, web browsers, and other web giants track us has been shocking, to say the least, and Yahoo appears to be joining the fray of groups attempting to win back customers turned off by such allegations. This feature will provide customers with a peace of mind, Yahoo hopes, that at this moment will come from nothing else but those three words: Do Not Track.

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Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

Microsoft comes clean with Internet Explorer distrust

This week the folks at Microsoft have finally come to terms with the idea that nobody other than hipster's mothers, uncles, and half-naked girlfriends use the web browser known as Internet Explorer. They've released a new commercial which features a therapist speaking with a nerd about how he "used to" hate Internet Explorer and how, now that he's gotten past his madness, he can move on the IE 9. When you accept that you have a problem, the healing can begin.

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Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google has run afoul of privacy regulations again, this time involving its breach of Apple's Safari Internet browser to track user activity. The news first broke when the WSJ reported that Google, along with a few other advertisers, had written a code to bypass Safari's default privacy controls, depositing cookies to track users' browsing habits in order to deliver targeted ads.

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Microsoft details Metro IE10 for Windows 8

Microsoft details Metro IE10 for Windows 8

In a post today on the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed some of the new improvements that will be introduced with Internet Explorer 10, specifically in the new Metro UI version. IE10 is expected to launch with Windows 8 later this fall and will be available in its traditional desktop version as well as in a Metro-styled version, which is designed to provide a more immersive and secure browsing experience.

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Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google's Chrome browser took a small hit in the ratings recently, not due to any decrease in popularity but to an adjustment in the way that usage is measured. Market research firm Net Applications said that the pre-rendering technology used in Chrome had been inflating its usage share. The technology speeds up browsing by pre-loading web pages in the background that it predicts users will visit.

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Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

Google’s Hugo Barra: “Android is a real operating system”

This week at MWC 2012, Eric Schmidt stood on stage with Hugo Barra, speaking about Chrome for mobile, a web browser that allows you to connect to your own profile. Barra took the opportunity to show off Chrome web browser on stage to show off the excellence of the browser in real time - fast as can be. He made sure to note that though this browser is working on a mobile platform, it's still Android, and as he says, it doesn't really matter that it's mobile because "Android is a real operating system."

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Opera outs final Mobile 12 version and talks Mini Next at MWC

Opera outs final Mobile 12 version and talks Mini Next at MWC

Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona with new phones, software, and more being unveiled left and right. Opera is on hand at the show is talking about the Opera Mini Series of browsers aimed at feature phones showing off features that launch this year on the Mini browsers. The goal of this browser is to give more advanced social media functions and web surfing to feature phones making them a bit more like smartphones.

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Google Do Not Track extension for Chrome available now

Google Do Not Track extension for Chrome available now

After much discussion today on how the Google Chrome web browser's up and coming "Do Not Track" button would be applied to the browser in future versions, Google has gone ahead and released a preliminary extension to make it so. This extension is one that anyone can click to install on their Google Chrome browser with ease, the functionality of it very likely to simply be baked in to future Google Chrome releases. This extension acts to opt your web browser out of online ad personalization via cookies once and for all - permanently.

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Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

There's an abnormally large amount of attention being payed to so-called privacy here at the start of 2012, and Google's "Do Not Track" button has fired up the stove for further fanning of flames here in late February. There's a lot of ways to "protect" yourself in the connected, mobile, and communicative world of today, but none is better than this: just keep away from the keyboard. What I'm saying is that should a person want to have total and complete severance from tracking on the web, there's only one way: stop using it. For everyone else in the world that wants to be realistic, here's five steps that will lead you to glory.

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