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Chrome 90 makes HTTPS the default, brings AV1 codec for video chats

Chrome 90 makes HTTPS the default, brings AV1 codec for video chats

The Web has definitely become a very different place compared to just a few years ago. Security has always been a consideration but never has it been more critical than these days when more people work at home with less than secure Internet connections. That same change in work situations has bumped up the need for WebRTC, a technology that already existed long before video conferencing was hip. Addressing both those concerns, Google is releasing Chrome 90 in an attempt to make working for home more secure and less stressful.

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Firefox 88 disables FTP support, no new addons for Android

Firefox 88 disables FTP support, no new addons for Android

Despite all the magic that web apps and web browsers are able to do these days, much of the Web and the Internet in general still operates on top of decades-old technologies. This isn't just about applications like e-mail or IRC (yes, those still exist) but also technologies like TCP/IP, HTTP (without the S), and FTP. Those won't be going away anytime soon, at least without breaking the Internet, but some, such as FTP, are becoming more obscure to the point that Mozilla has decided to start its retirement from the Firefox web browser.

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Brave, Vivaldi web browsers call out and block Google FLoC tracking

Brave, Vivaldi web browsers call out and block Google FLoC tracking

Whatever goodwill Google earned in the past few years that it has been fighting off advertising and user tracking abuses may have gone down the train in an instant thanks to its proposed solution. The Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC is promoted to be a better strategy that protects people's privacy while still giving advertisers something they can profit from. Privacy advocates, however, are raising alarms over what they deem to be an even worse technology and Chromium-based browser makers like Brave and Vivaldi are committing to fighting off FLoC in all its forms.

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DuckDuckGo moves to block Google FLoC tracking cookie replacement

DuckDuckGo moves to block Google FLoC tracking cookie replacement

Google made a bold, unexpected, and curious promise of not creating new technology to replace the third-party tracking cookies it would soon be banning from Chrome and, consequently, the Web. That said, some have labeled Google's new experiment precisely like that. While it advertises its Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC as a more privacy-respecting way for advertisers to gather data, some, like DuckDuckGo, are calling shenanigans and taking steps to block FLoC activity even while you're using Google Chrome.

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Google FLoC third-party cookie replacement goes into testing

Google FLoC third-party cookie replacement goes into testing

Google recently made the almost-shocking announcement that not only would it be phasing out support for third-party cookies in Chrome, it would also not build something to replace those cookies. That's a rather big promise considering how these cookies are used for advertising purposes, Google's biggest business. Naturally, Google does have a solution to that predicament that it is calling Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, now available for a few Chrome users to test and verify if it really works as advertised.

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Chrome on Android will soon install PWAs like Android apps

Chrome on Android will soon install PWAs like Android apps

The tug of war between native apps and the so-called web apps never really ended but just took on different forms. The latest version of that battle revolves around Progressive Web Apps that are supposed to look and behave like native apps on each platform. Of course, these PWAs are still mostly installed from their web pages but Chrome for Android will be gaining a new trick that will make it look like you're installing a native Android app instead.

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SmartBlock feature lands with Firefox 87

SmartBlock feature lands with Firefox 87

Mozilla has announced the launch of its latest version of the popular Firefox browser. The new version is Firefox 87, and with its launch comes a new feature called SmartBlock aimed at improving privacy while browsing. SmartBlock is described as an intelligent tracker blocking mechanisms for Firefox Private Browsing and Strict Mode.

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Opera on iOS ditches Touch name in latest update

Opera on iOS ditches Touch name in latest update

Long before there were smartphones, Opera made a name for itself with mobile web browsers running on devices you never thought could run such software. With the arrival of smartphones, however, Opera was slowly pushed to the sidelines as the likes of Chrome and Safari on iOS take center stage. Opera hasn't completely disappeared, of course, and is now doing a slight revamp of its looks and embracing a shorter name that gets rid of a legacy branding.

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Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS to replace Chrome with LaCros as primary browser

Chrome OS started out pretty much as a glorified Chrome web browser turned operating system but it has shed that identity a long time ago. It has almost become the one OS that runs them all, supporting Android and Linux apps and, indirectly, Windows as well. One thing that hasn't changed is that Chrome comes built into Chrome OS and is its default browser. That might soon be changing and Chrome OS will soon use LaCros as its default browser which is really just a different version of the Chrome browser anyway.

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Chrome Privacy Sandbox added to Google antitrust lawsuit

Chrome Privacy Sandbox added to Google antitrust lawsuit

Google has long been accused of violating users' privacy due to the way it harvests and uses information through its myriad Web services and products. Lately, Google has been singing a different tune, strengthening its privacy features and waging war against abuses made by browser cookies, specifically the third-party tracking kind. Ironically, that is now being used as evidence against the company, alleging that its upcoming "Chrome Privacy Sandbox" is hiding an advertising monopoly behind a pretext of protecting users' privacy.

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Microsoft Edge will have faster release cycles to match Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge will have faster release cycles to match Google Chrome

There is a principle in the open source software world that goes "release early, release often" that has been embraced by the so-called agile software development philosophy that many developers and companies now adopt in turn. The idea is to be able to more quickly test and gather feedback in the real-world and, in the long run, also push out fixes sooner rather than later. This fast-paced process seems to be a perfect fit for the equally fast-paced development of Web technologies and security vulnerabilities and Microsoft is switching to the same cadence that Google announced for Chrome's release cycle.

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Chrome 89 promises less memory greed and a cooler, quieter Mac

Chrome 89 promises less memory greed and a cooler, quieter Mac

Google claims to have tamed Chrome's memory-hungry ways, with the Chrome M89 release of the browser reportedly making big cuts when it comes to system demands. Long a topic of frustration, Chrome's hunger for RAM - as well as other Windows, Mac, and Android resources - has also long been a focus for Google's Chromium engine team, and this time they say they've made significant improvements.

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