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Brave web browser inserted affiliate code in Binance crypto links

Brave web browser inserted affiliate code in Binance crypto links

The Web has become a scary place thanks to all the ads and trackers that try to make money off your browsing activity. There have been a few attempts at developing privacy-focused browsers but some of those, like Mozilla Firefox, have trouble finding a way to generate revenue for their developers. Brave, developed by a company co-founded by Brendan Eich of Javascript fame and infamy, took a rather unorthodox route towards profitability and some of those methods seem to be causing a few users some concern, like this recent "link hijacking" the startup is being accused of.

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Windows 10 update installs the new Edge browser with an important caveat

Windows 10 update installs the new Edge browser with an important caveat

Microsoft Edge has had a rather colorful story as Microsoft attempted to replace its iconic but also prehistoric Internet Explorer. Finally cutting its losses, it rebuilt Edge to use the same foundations as Google Chrome and released that earlier this year. During that period, Microsoft still provided the old DIY version of Edge but with the latest Windows 10 update that's rolling out, it is basically forcing users to pick a side.

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iOS 14 Safari to get built-in translation, better Apple Pencil support

iOS 14 Safari to get built-in translation, better Apple Pencil support

The Internet has made the world a smaller place but, unless you've taken time to learn multiple languages, chances are you'll come across pages that are incomprehensible to you. Translation tools and browser add-ons do exist, of course, but, in typical Apple fashion, Safari will soon have the ability to translate a page without requiring an extra package or, worse, exposing your data to third parties or even Apple itself.

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Google Chrome to resume site-breaking SameSite Cookie policy in July

Google Chrome to resume site-breaking SameSite Cookie policy in July

The coronavirus crisis has put many things on hold, from businesses to software updates. Last month, Google put many of its plans for Chrome on hold to avoid the risk of breaking people's browsers or websites. Now it thinks it has given people enough breathing room for a while and has already restarted Chrome updates, including one that could potentially break some websites. Then again, that might be for the best considering how it would force site owners to clean up their cookies.

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Chrome is making some huge privacy changes

Chrome is making some huge privacy changes

Google's Chrome browser is getting a huge privacy and security makeover, with a redesign of the settings with simplicity in mind. In addition to making controlling how Chrome handles privacy, Google is also switching up how extensions are managed, and how cookies are handled when you're in the Incognito private browsing mode.

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Spotify web player support for Safari browser finally returns

Spotify web player support for Safari browser finally returns

A few years ago, Spotify suddenly dropped support for the Safari browser, forcing macOS users to either listen to their favorite music using a different browser or the Mac Spotify app. That has quietly changed in recent days, users have noticed, once again giving Safari users the option of streaming music, podcasts, and other content directly through Apple's web browser.

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Chrome’s latest feature lets users create custom tab groups

Chrome’s latest feature lets users create custom tab groups

Google has announced a new Chrome feature that is currently in beta, one similar to a recently launched feature on the Opera browser. Going forward, Chrome users will be able to better organize their open tabs by separating them into their own groups, each of which can be color-coded and given a custom name. Google says the new feature is made for all users regardless of how many tabs they tend to have open.

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Microsoft is giving Chromium a dual-screen emulator

Microsoft is giving Chromium a dual-screen emulator

It was expected but nonetheless disappointing that Microsoft has decided to delay not just the Surface Neo but the dual-screen flavor of its upcoming Windows 10X. It hasn't however, completely given up hope on the dual-screen promise even as it focuses on a single-screen Windows 10X first. Not only is the Surface Duo reportedly still on schedule, whatever that schedule may be, the company is now pushing an emulation mode in Chromium that will let web app developers test their software not just for Microsoft's dual-screen devices but even for something like the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

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Xiaomi defends data collection practice, claims to be misrepresented

Xiaomi defends data collection practice, claims to be misrepresented

Xiaomi has long been praised for its phones that sell like pancakes because of their price tags. For years now, the Chinese manufacturer has established itself as a force to reckon with even outside its home market. A recent report, however, alleges that Xiaomi is engaged in the not so innocent practice of tracking users' browsing activities. The company has now spoken up and is basically saying it isn't doing anything that others aren't doing already anyway.

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Google Web Store is clamping down on spam extensions with new policy

Google Web Store is clamping down on spam extensions with new policy

Once upon a time, the browser wars revolved around which browser supports more or better extensions. As those extensions became more popular or got imitated, their exclusivity became less of a selling feature. In fact, extensions themselves have become somewhat of a liability because of security and privacy concerns. Unsurprisingly, Google's Chrome Web Store has become a haven for those kinds of unhelpful and even harmful extensions. Given the times, Google is putting in place stricter rules to reduce the number of spam and misbehaving extensions on Chrome.

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Vivaldi 3.0 browser adds popular tracker-blocker and Android version

Vivaldi 3.0 browser adds popular tracker-blocker and Android version

Privacy-focused browser Vivaldi has launched new desktop and mobile versions, with integrated ad and tracker blocking, and an Android app for the first time. Vivaldi 3.0 sees the company partner up with DuckDuckGo, another big name in online privacy, tapping into its Tracker Radar blacklist so that third-party trackers are kept at bay in the background.

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Apple Music web player finally moves out of beta

Apple Music web player finally moves out of beta

There's no denying that Apple Music was late to the music streaming party, and ever since it launched in 2015, it's been playing catch up to its competitors. Chief among those competitors it's trying to catch up to - and potentially overtake - is Spotify, so over the past five years, Apple Music has been building out its feature set to better compete. Today, the service got a key feature that it's been missing since launch: A web player.

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