Google Kills FLoC, Pushes Forward with Topics

Well, here’s one Google cancelation that shouldn’t upset anyone: Google’s coming Privacy Sandbox will no longer be based on FLoC, its controversial replacement for web browser cookies. “We started the Privacy Sandbox initiative to improve web privacy for users, while also giving publishers, creators and other developers the tools they…

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DuckDuckGo Previews Desktop Web Browser

Fans of DuckDuckGo are probably familiar with the company’s mobile web browser, but there’s a desktop version coming in 2022 too. And DuckDuckGo just offered a short preview in a post highlighting its privacy accomplishments over the past year. “Like we’ve done on mobile, DuckDuckGo for desktop will redefine user…

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Microsoft Steps Back From the Default Browser Cliff

With bad news at Microsoft Edge arriving almost daily, many were ready to give up on Microsoft’s web browser. But here’s a bit of good news for a change: in the latest Windows 11 test build, Microsoft has added back a button that lets you choose a default web browser…

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Users Pushback Against Bloatware in Microsoft Edge

It looks like I’m not the only one complaining about bloatware in Microsoft Edge: Microsoft’s customers are pushing back too. Two weeks ago, I warned that Microsoft is bogging down Edge with unnecessary bloat, the most egregious and recent example being the inclusion of a terrible new feature called Buy…

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Clarity Boost is Coming to Xbox Cloud Gaming on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft will bring an Xbox Cloud Gaming feature called Clarity Boost to its Microsoft Edge web browser in the coming months. “Xbox Cloud Gaming has partnered with Microsoft Edge to create an improved experience with optimizations available exclusively in the Microsoft Edge browser, providing the optimal look and feel while…

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Google’s Privacy Sandbox to Get Regulatory Oversight

Google has agreed to create its upcoming Privacy Sandbox “with regulatory oversight and input” from the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CMA had previously announced that it was investigating the Privacy Sandbox, which Google designed to keep its advertising empire intact amidst calls for privacy protections, for antitrust…

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Tip: Enable Windows 11-Style Menus in Google Chrome

If you’re using Windows 11 and Chrome, you can now get a more native look in Google’s browser by enabling an optional new feature. As you may know, rounded corners on windows and UI elements is one of the key changes in Windows 11, and application windows get it automatically.…

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