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Google Chrome Password Generator tosses logic in the trash

Google Chrome Password Generator tosses logic in the trash

There's a feature coming out in a future version of Chrome (either the browser or the OS or both) which will generate a password for you, one "impossible" for a human to remember, and sync that password across your Chrome account. The reason this method is terrible, I must explain, is that unless this generator also creates a password as long as the system will let it, it's actually just as easy for a machine to crack as one you'd be able to remember on your own, without Chrome's help. This system is made supposedly to keep human password crackers at bay, but the developers at Chrome don't seem to be taking into account that these humans generally don't use their knowledge of you to crack your secrets in the first place.

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Mozilla to name Gecko partners this month

Mozilla to name Gecko partners this month

It seems that this Mobile World Congress is just getting better and better by the moment - this most recent announcement coming from Mozilla that they'll be naming partners for their mobile OS "Boot2Gecko" at the event in a bit over a week in Barcelona! We had out own hands-on with the user interface of B2G or simply "Gecko" yesterday, it appearing to us to be much more of an interesting concept than a final product at the moment. What we've got here is a web-based mobile operating system looking to take a piece of the mobile market with a service that can potentially work from any web browser on any device.

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Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Over the past few weeks Google has found itself in some hot water over its Privacy Policy changes on its wide range of websites, today being called by Consumer Watchdog to testify on the matter. Consumer Watchdog has called Google CEO Larry Page to the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee as they hold hearings on the new Google privacy and data policies. Both subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K Butterfield, (D-NC) have been called in a letter sent today.

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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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Chrome Beta revealed for Android 4.0 ICS

Chrome Beta revealed for Android 4.0 ICS

Android has been working with a web browser without a name for quite a while now - it's actually called WebKit, but before now they've never had a name-brand browser out of the box: this is all about to change with Google's own Chrome browser, releasing today. Chrome is Google's desktop-based web browser and operating system (there's two Chromes, this one being a sort of mashup between the two) being used by millions of individuals around the world, this release being the Chrome team's first jump into the mobile world. This release is a pre-release sort of situation, as the Beta tag implies, and works for all Android devices with version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher installed upon them.

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StumbleUpon changes repeat Digg blunders of old

StumbleUpon changes repeat Digg blunders of old

There's some heavy changes going on out there in the world of content sharing, and StumbleUpon is feeling the sting of taking a gamble on keeping customers. What the content sharing site has done in its most recent update pushed sites to the background while it sticks its own menu bar in the foreground, this effectively taking away the element of freedom that StumbleUpon users had for so long been able to tout over similar sites. What StumbleUpon leaders had hoped to accomplish with this change is a click-retention ratio that would drive their own site into the record books - instead its cutting down their support from all sides.

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Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Mozilla has unleashed Firefox 10, the latest iteration of its popular open-source Web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. This update comes merely six weeks after Firefox 9 proving the company's commitment to its new "rapid release" program. Web developers should be particularly happy with this update as it brings a host of new built-in tools to make website creation easier.

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Microsoft says goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft says goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft today celebrated the demise of its decade-old Internet Explorer 6 web browser. According to the latest data from Net Applications, IE6 usage has officially dropped to below 1 percent in the US, following Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. Usage is also dropping near 1 percent in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal, and the Phillippines.

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Firefox Google deal renewed, 84% revenue loss avoided

Firefox Google deal renewed, 84% revenue loss avoided

Not that we ever though Google would really abandon its best buddy in the world Mozilla, but the news that Firefox would lose 84% of its revenue certainly came as a shock to us as it was reported earlier this month - it appears now though that this disaster for the big red panda was a false alarm, Google renewing their contract for a further three years. Kind of reminds you of Jurassic Park, doesn't it? Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Silicon Valley nonprofit software makers whose most famous product is the web browser itself are certainly high-fiving one another today as Google remains the default search engine for the browser.

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