Google has released today Chrome 79 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS users.#technology #internet #web #browser #Google #Chrome
This release comes with security and bug fixes, but also with new features such as built-in support for the Password Checkup tool, real-time blacklisting of malicious sites via the Safe Browsing API, general availability of Predicitive Phishing protections, a ban on loading HTTPS "mixed content," support for tab freezing, a new UI for the Chrome Sync profile section, and support for a back-forward caching mechanism.
The new Edge browser, built on the same open source code as Google Chrome, contains a new Tracking Prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers and, at the Strict setting, many ads. My tests show that one in four items blocked are from Google.#technology #internet #web #tracking #privacy #security #Microsoft #Google #Edge
Microsoft is planning to integrate Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar into its Outlook.com web mail client. The software maker has started testing this integration on some accounts recently, and Twitter user Florian B was able to access it today. After a quick setup process, you simply link a Google Account to an Outlook.com account, and Gmail, Drive documents, and Google Calendar will all be automatically displayed inside Outlook.com on the web.This makes Microsoft and Outlook even less appealing to me. What do you think?
The tracker in question was spotted being deployed by French national newspaper, Liberation, which in October promised subscribers an entirely tracker-free experience.#technology #internet #privacy #security #tracker
That promise garnered it a bunch of attention from privacy experts who dug around and found a first-party tracker embedded on its site which uses a subdomain (that’s mostly random) in order to redirect to a third party — thereby making it difficult to block (i.e. without also blocking Liberation’s own domain).
Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Chris Coons, D-Del., have asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explain how the company tracks users’ locations under restricted settings.#technology #internet #Facebook #privacy #security #surveillance
In a letter sent Tuesday, the senators say Zuckerberg should address concerns with the location-tracking policy announced in response to privacy updates made in the latest versions of Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems.
In a September post explaining the policy, Facebook said it can determine users’ locations from factors like their internet connection, even if they have their location settings restricted.
More and more people are also realizing the risk of relying on one company for so many personal services. If you're joining the ranks of people who've decided Google's data collection has become too invasive, here are some suggestions for replacements with minimal switching cost. Most are free, though even those that are paid are worth it — the cost of not switching is a cost to your personal privacy, and the good news is we have a choice!#technology #internet #Google #privacy
A new report from The Wall Street Journal throws some serious accusations down at Google’s feet. Allegedly, the company employs methods to enable Google Search manipulation which directs search results towards big businesses while masking controversial subjects.#technology #internet #Google
Facebook’s former head of Global Elections Integrity Ops left after six months on the job — and now she's speaking out about the problems she faced when trying to fix the company's political ad problems.#technology #internet #Facebook #security #privacy
In an op-ed in the Washington Post on Monday, Yaël Eisenstat, who joined Facebook after working with the CIA and the White House, says she tried to sound the alarm at the company leading up to the 2016 election. Recently, Facebook said it would let politicians lie in ads in the name of “free expression.”
Wikipedia is the arbiter of truth on the internet. It's what settles arguments at bars. It supplies answers for the information snippets you see on your Google or Bing search results. It's the first stop for nearly everyone doing online research.#technology #internet #web #Wikipedia #WayBackMachine
The reason people rely on Wikipedia, despite its imperfections, is that every claim is supposed to have citations. Any sentence that isn't backed up with a credible source risks being slapped with the dreaded "citation needed" label. Anyone can check out those citations to learn more about a subject, or verify that those sources actually say what a particular Wikipedia entry claims they do—that is, if you can find those sources.
When I visited UCLA’s Boelter Hall last Wednesday, I took the stairs to the third floor, looking for Room 3420. And then I walked right by it. From the hallway, it’s a pretty unassuming place.#technology #internet
But something monumental happened there 50 years ago today. A graduate student named Charley Kline sat at an ITT Teletype terminal and sent the first digital data transmission to Bill Duvall, a scientist who was sitting at another computer at the Stanford Research Institute (now known as SRI International) on the other side of California. It was the beginning of ARPANET, the small network of academic computers that was the precursor to the internet.
That said, consumers have been more open to signing agreements with mobile app and service providers—91 percent willingly accept legal terms and conditions without reading them before installing apps, registering Wi-Fi hotspots, accepting updates and signing on to online services such as video streaming. For ages 18 to 34, the rate of acceptance of terms and conditions, without reading them, reaches 97 percent.https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/us-tmt-2017-global-mobile-consumer-survey-executive-summary.pdf
Researchers in the US have developed a new wireless protocol that can extend the reach of Wi-Fi devices by more than 60 metres – without the need for hardware modifications.#technology #internet #WiFi
On-Off Noise Power Communication (ONPC) is programmed on top of the existing Wii-Fi protocol. But whereas Wi-Fi requires at least 1Mbps to maintain a signal, ONPC can maintain the signal at speed as low as 1bps.
MediaLab has announced the acquisition of Kik Messenger from Kik Interactive, and the news that it plans to keep Kik Messenger running! Kik's parent company had previously announced plans to shut down the app to focus on cryptocurrency. Now it seems, Kik is here to stay.Thousands of Kik users flooded over to MeWe when they heard the news. I hope MeWe didn't spend too much on new infrastructure, as they're possibly going to go back.
If Chrome for Android users visit a site where they enter passwords, Chrome will isolate that site from all the other tabs in a separate Android process, keeping the user's data safe from Spectre-like attacks, Google said today.#technology #internet #Google #Android #Chrome #security
In the 1960s, Bob Taylor worked at the heart of the Pentagon in Washington DC. He was on the third floor, near the US defence secretary and the boss of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa).#technology #internet #ARPA
Arpa had been founded early in 1958 but was quickly eclipsed by Nasa, leading Aviation Week magazine to dismiss it as "a dead cat hanging in the fruit closet".
Nevertheless, Arpa muddled on - and in 1966, Taylor and Arpa were about to plant the seed of something big.
By default, Google collects a vast amount of data on users’ behavior, including a lifelong record of web searches, locations, and YouTube views.#technology #internet #Google #security #privacy
But amid a privacy backlash and ongoing regulatory threats, the company has started to hype its recently released privacy tools, like the ability to automatically delete some of the data it collects about you—data that helps power its $116 billion ad business.
Earlier today, a report raised questions about Apple sharing your browsing history with Tencent. Apple has primarily always relied on Google’s Safe Browsing technology for Safari’s ‘Fraudulent Website Warning’ feature. Apparently, starting from iOS 13 the company is using Tencent’s Safe browsing technology. In a bid to quell the fears, Apple has finally responded with an official statement.#technology #internet #Apple #Safari #security
It’s been a rough run for Kik of late. The once mighty messaging service announced in late September that it would be shutting down its app. CEO Ted Livingston noted in a blog post that the startup would be trimming its headcount from over 100 people to “an elite 19 person team,” following a protracted 18 month battle with the SEC.Thousands of people have been flooding onto MeWe since the news broke that Kik was shutting down. How many will stay there, how many will go back?
Today the service noted on Twitter, however, “Great news: Kik is here to stay!!!! AND there’s some really exciting plans for making the app even better. More details coming soon. Stay tuned.”
Opera 64 is out now, and can now block all third-party tracking cookies automatically to prevent advertisers following you around the web.#technology #internet #web #browser #Opera #tracking #privacy #security
This isn't just good news from a privacy perspective, as it stops companies building up a unique and extremely detailed profile based on your online activity, Opera's developers say it also makes a huge difference to performance, boosting browsing speeds by almost 20%.
Steve Huffman, chief executive of online chat platform Reddit, is now a self-confessed “Supreme Court nerd.”#technology #internet #Reddit
After what the company acknowledges as its “wild” early days, the 35-year-old co-founder is now trying to clean up the edgy website known for provocative discussions and fringe groups, while revamping its advertising offering in a bid to woo big brands and move toward profitability.
On Friday, Gizmodo uncovered shocking new evidence that Facebook is using its platform to suppress stories about CEO Mark Zuckerberg... or maybe his janky, busted-ass website is just bugging out again for no reason. It’s hard to say, really. That’s sort of the problem.#technology #internet #Facebook