Without any consent.
If there is one thing that Google does not need is more negative press related to its user’s privacy invasion. However, this is exactly what they just got, thanks to a recently discovered “bug”.
According to a new report, after upgrading to Chromium 43, some users have noticed that it has silently started downloading the extension called “Chrome Hotword Shared Module”, which has a binary but no source code. While it is unknown what exactly does the black box do, the investigation has revealed that it grants itself permission to activate the microphone and start audio capture.
Will co-develop a new binary format.
It’s nice to see tech giants that are usually competing with one another coming together to work on something that will benefit users all over the globe. The most recent example comes from a new announcement, which details the forthcoming partnership between Mozilla, Microsoft, WebKit engineers and others.
Will pay you $10,000+ for mind boggling exploits.
If you want to get rich quick and have some deep understanding on how web browsers work and more importantly, how to exploit them, then good news as Mozilla has just announced that they too will be paying money for discovering various security vulnerabilities.
As a result, updated Client Bug Bounty Program will reward anyone if they create or report a:
It looks like Google is not prepared to repeat the mistake they made by not extending the deal with Mozilla to (again) become their default search provider. In a recently announced move, Opera Software and search giant have come to an agreement and will be extending their partnership where Google continue to be Opera’s default search engine on both desktop and mobile platforms.
Last time companies have signed a deal back in 2012 with the current agreement set to expire within 2.5 years (at the end of 2017).
Even though April Fool’s is not yet over, it looks like only Google from all the browser companieshave decided to put some effort (unless you count unrelated announcements like MS DOS for Windows Phone, etc) and announce a couple new products for the liar’s day.
First is ChromeSelfie, which integrates camera right into Chrome for a quick and easy way to take and share selfies with your friends or just pretty much anyone on the internet.
And then there is Chromebook self-browsing feature, which eliminates you from the browsing experience and leave it all to the computer, according to Google, you can write a blog post, plan your summer vacation and so on, all thanks to the self-browsing.
With a giant ad.
As you might remember, Mozilla and Google have parted their ways and decided not to renew the default search engine agreement, fortunately for the open source organization, Yahoo! stepped in and both companies have signed a new deal, which also lead in an increase of market share for the search giant.
Well, it looks like Google is no longer happy with the new deal as they started asking Firefox users to set Google as their default search engine:
Keeps the high price tag.
Not so long ago one of the spokesman at Google revealed that the search giant was working on a new version of Chromebook Pixel, which is due soon.
Well, the curtains have finally been lifted and here is what you will get:
Now here’s something for all you conspiracy theorists out there.
As you might remember, Mozilla and Google did not sign a new agreement and Yahoo! became a default search engine on Firefox, which also resulted in a pretty healthy market share increase for the third largest search engine in the US.
Now, it looks like Mozilla was not accepted to Google’s Summer of Code 2015 event; and before you grab your pitchforks and head over to the search giant’s headquarters, we should note that there are fewer organizations on the accepted list (190 in 2014 compared to 137 this year), including Linux Foundation, Tor, etc.
Shows that it was not abandoned.
If for some reason you are considering a pretty expensive Chromebook Pixel then hold your horses, at least for now. Why? Well, as you might have guessed from the title, during Google’s Teamwork 2015 event, Renne Niemi who is a director of Android & Chrome has confirmed that the search giant is indeed committed to the hardware and a new Chromebook Pixel will be revealed really soon.
Here’s a full transcript:
Yahoo! is to blame.
If you are wondering about the lasting effects in the search industry then here’s an update for you. Last month, we have reported that Yahoo! has managed to triple its worldwide market share (from 3.52% to 9.31%).
Now, it looks like the Mozilla’s deal is bringing even more dividends as for the first time since 2008, Google’s market share has gone below the 75% mark while Yahoo! saw an increase.