Just when Facebook decided to replace Google Chrome and recommend Opera instead, it looks like Blogger did the opposite.
As first noticed by Bob Leggitt on June 27th, not only have they ditched the support for Opera but will also keep you asking to download Google Chrome over and over again. Ed Bott, one of the ZDNet editors has summed it up like this, “This is how monopolies work. If you use Opera to create or edit posts on Google’s Blogger network, you’ll see a nagging message. And you’ll keep seeing those nags until you switch to Chrome.”
Other browsers hide in shame.
As the Google I/O conference continues, the search giant has revealed some interesting stats regarding its Google Chrome web browser.
As it turns out, it now has:
- 310 million active users as they grew almost 100% over last year
- Google Chrome processes over 1 TB of data every day
- Users type 60 billion words daily
- … and lastly, thanks to its superior rendering engine, it saved a total of 13 years of time
When it comes to the search engine agreements, web browser makers tend to extend their partnerships for at least a year or two. For instance, back in 2011, Opera Software has renewed their deal with Google for another year while Mozilla has recently signed a 3 year old contract.
Why are we telling you all this? Well, we have just received a letter from Opera’s Investor Relations group and it’s quite an interesting one.
More fuel to the rumor’s fire.
It looks like Facebook management decided not to bother with the Google Chrome anymore as their latest “unsupported web browsers” page has since then removed the search giant’s web browser.
Just slightly more than a week ago, Mozilla and Google have accused Microsoft of using unfair practices to block competitive browsers on their Windows 8 RT platform, now, it looks like things did not get unnoticed.
Recently, the US Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that they will investigate allegations of the anti-competitive behavior by Microsoft. In addition to that, the European Commission will be joining the party as well.
If previous cash rewards were not enough to encourage you to start sniffing the code, then we have some good news.
It’s no secret that Google has been aggressively pushing its Google Chrome web browser across a variety of its services and partner’s web sites.
Now, Neowin reports that the search giant has decided to spice the things up and advertise on Microsoft’s search engine as well.
Once user types phrases to download different web browsers, such as, “get firefox”, the following ad will appear:
Thanks to the recent security settings bypass by Google (and probably other companies), United States FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and Europe’s CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés), will investigate whether or not Google violated the privacy of its users.
Security contests prove to be useful.
Just as some might have thought that Google’s Chrome sandboxing feature is bullet proof, Sergey Glazunov, a security researcher who have found quite a few vulnerabilities in the fast, has enriched his life with a $60k reward, received for a “Full Chrome” exploit, which bypassed the sandbox feature. Although Google Chrome was previously known to withstand various attacks in Pwn2Own and similar contests, this time it was the first to fail.
Justin Schuh, Chrome’s security team member said, “It was an impressive exploit. It required a deep understanding of how Chrome works. This is not a trivial thing to do. It’s a very difficult and that’s why we’re paying $60,000.”