At the Senate Commerce Committee hearing, when asked by Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah to provide the name of one left-wing “high profile person or entity” that has been censored by Google, #Pichai named the #WSWS....
It is highly significant that—after more than three years of stonewalling and refusing to answer any questions or respond to a single demand—CEO Pichai has admitted that the #technology firm controlling nearly 90 percent of worldwide search #traffic has been suppressing WSWS content all along.#politics #censorship #usa #company #economy #internet #freedom
The Scots Wikipedia entry on the Canada goose – or “Canadae guiss” – was at first honest about its provenance. A tag warned: “The ‘Scots’ that wis uised in this airticle wis written bi a body that’s mither tongue isna Scots. Please impruive this airticle gin ye can.”Do you think he writes the articles about Disney?
But, as the author grew in confidence, so he removed the caveat, and continued on his Scots-writing spree.
Now an American teenager – who does not speak Scots, the language of Robert Burns – has been revealed as responsible for almost half of the entries on the Scots language version of Wikipedia.
The Safari app on both iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 platforms now fails to search for the plus symbol (+) on the internet. If you try to search for the + symbol or any term that contains a + symbol in it using Safari’s search bar/unified address bar, it removes the symbol from the search results page and provides search results that do not contain +.#technology #tech #web #Apple #iOS #macOS #Safari
Here are some of the best video conferencing apps you may want to use to connect in a virtual meeting room. They are free or low-cost plans to get you started with virtual conferencing.#technology #tech #computing #web #video #StreamingVideo #VideoConferencing
Apple on Tuesday released a major update to its Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), the privacy feature that allows the company’s web browser to block cookies and prevent advertisers from snooping on your web habits. According to Apple’s John Wilander, the WebKit engineer behind the feature, Safari now blocks all third-party cookies. That means that, by default, no advertiser or website is able to follow you around the internet using the commonplace tracking technology.#technology #tech #Apple #web #browser #Safari #tracking
While bookmarks can certainly be ever-changing, that initial setup with the ones you need is a good start. This tutorial shows you how to import and export bookmarks between Safari, Firefox, and Chrome to get you set up quickly.#computing #internet #web #browser #Safari #Firefox #Chrome
One week ago, President Donald Trump held a press conference wherein he claimed Google would be building a screening website for the coronavirus that would direct people to testing sites. As we learned in the following days, that wasn’t true. Google’s sister company Verily did launch such a site, but only for the Bay Area and reportedly it only offered tests to a very small number of people. Google, however, did say it would launch some sort of website and after a small delay, it’s here.#technology #tech #web #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
Firefox 74 for desktop includes improvements to the password and add-ons managers and a feature that helps keep Facebook from tracking you as you browse the web. And Firefox 68.6.0 for Android packs some stability and security fixes. But there’s also a new Firefox Preview v4.0 build for Android that brings more new features and bug fixes to the upcoming new version of Mozilla’s mobile web browser.#technology #tech #web #browser #Firefox
New academic research published last month looked at the phone-home features of six of today's most popular browsers and found that the Brave browser sent the smallest amount of data about its users back to the browser maker's servers.#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #security #privacy
The research, conducted by Douglas J. Leith, a professor at Trinity College at the University of Dublin, looked at Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Brave, Microsoft Edge (the new Chromium-based version), and the Yandex Browser.
Could Google be worried about the new Edge browser stealing away Chrome users? It seems that way, with the company now displaying a warning to people using Microsoft’s new web browser when they access the Chrome web store.#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #Google #Chrome #Microsoft #Edge
A new Microsoft Edge is attempting to dethrone Google by attacking from the inside. Claiming better performance across the board, Microsoft is combining the best of two worlds. One of the biggest advantages of Edge is the ability to run Google Chrome extensions. In other words, Microsoft Edge users can get all of the advantages of Chrome without actually using Chrome. Sound good? Here’s how to run those Chrome extensions.Not only is Edge fast, but also Microsoft isn't in the business of selling adverts. Two good reasons for using it?
Google has been forced to shut down all paid extensions after experiencing a sudden increase in fraudulent transactions on the official Chrome web store.#technology #tech #Google #web #browser #Chrome
As a precautionary measure, the company has now suspended publishing or updating of all the commercial extensions.
The suspension includes all extensions which need an upfront payment, monthly recurring payments or offer in-app purchases.
Internet services company Opera has come under a short-sell assault based on allegations of predatory lending practices by its fintech products in Africa.I use Opera on Windows, so I'm keeping an eye on this.
Hindenburg Research issued a report claiming (among other things) that Opera’s finance products in Nigeria and Kenya have run afoul of prudent consumer practices and Google Play Store rules for lending apps.
Google Chrome is easily one of the best Android mobile browsers. It offers seamless integration across all your devices, it sports Google’s latest Material Design, and it’s packed with useful features for power users. Now, users may have yet another reason to use Google Chrome as their default browser thanks to an incoming feature that could let you more easily share images by copying them to your clipboard.Share whose images, exactly? Your own? Other people's? Copyrighted images?
Microsoft is replacing its Edge browser with the updated, Chromium-based version on January 15. Windows 10 users will be automatically transitioned over.I think this means that Firefox is now the only Windows browser that's not based on Chrome or Chromium.
We already knew this was coming because Microsoft announced the new Edge’s launch date last month, but it wasn’t clear that users would be pushed to the new version. Thankfully it will look mostly the same as the existing Edge browser, with all the same proprietary Microsoft features, except for a slightly more Chrome-esque look.
Mozilla has released an urgent Firefox update after discovering a serious security vulnerability that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers.Just run the browser and it should update. Go to Help, About Firefox on Windows and Linux, or Firefox, About Firefox on Mac to check which version you have. You might need to click an Update Firefox button there.
The problem affects desktop versions of the browser, including Firefox ESR, which is intended for use by system administrators who control desktop environments in schools, offices, governments and other organizations.
The revamped Edge browser will be delivered to Windows 10 users automatically via Windows Update when it’s officially released on January 15, 2020, Microsoft has confirmed, along with some further details about how the browser will be maintained.#technology #internet #web #browser #Windows #Edge
Following last week’s article about privacy and surveillance capitalism, several readers wrote in about the absence of DuckDuckGo, and it was mentioned a dozen times in the comments. I have suggested this privacy-oriented search engine a few times since 2012, and I think it’s worth a go.#technology #web #search #Google #DuckDuckGo
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.
Browser security extensions aren't automatically safer -- they might even make things worse. Mozilla has pulled Avast's Online Security and SafePrice extensions for Firefox, plus their AVG-branded equivalents, after AdBlock Plus creator Wladimir Palant found they were collecting much more data than necessary. This included a detailed web history that went well beyond site addresses and search history, including when and how long you visit a site, what you click, the number of open tabs and even when you switch to another tab. Mozilla's policies explicitly forbid this kind of fine-grained collection.#technology #web #Mozilla #Firefox #security #privacy
Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”.#technology #web #TimBernersLee #ethics #privacy #DigitalRights
The Contract for the Web requires endorsing governments, companies and individuals to make concrete commitments to protect the web from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.
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
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.
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%.
Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, GitHub, and other third-party login systems have handily solved the first-world problem of having to set up and remember lots of different credentials for different services. Apple’s new “Sign in with Apple” system, though, is aiming to fix one of the biggest issues with a lot of these systems: privacy.#technology #web #Apple #authentication #security
After previewing the feature in July, Facebook-owned photo sharing behemoth Instagram has officially released a shadow-banning feature, called Restrict, to all of its users today.#technology #web #photography #Instagram
Restrict gives Instagram users who are dealing with trolls or bullies a third option that’s not quite as obvious as reporting or blocking someone. It’s being positioned as an anti-bullying tool that designed to “quietly protect your account while still keeping an eye on a bully.”
Vivaldi has released a new browser for Android, packed with features that it hopes will lure users away from Chrome.#technology #internet #web #www #browser #Vivaldi #Android
Vivaldi made a name for itself with its super-customizable desktop browser, which lets you change pretty much every button, menu and bar to suit the way you use the web. It also boasts tab stacking – an incredibly helpful feature that allows you to collect related tabs together in a group so it's easier to find the one you want.