It looks like the browser ballot saga has yet to end as according to the latest report by Financial Times, Opera and Google are the companies that “informally provided the tip-off”, leading to the €561 million fine.
Following yesterday’s EU statement, Opera said that it was “happy to see that the Commission is enforcing compliance with the commitment, which is critical to ensuring a genuine choice among web browsers for consumers.” While Google refused to comment on the rulling.
Just a fraction of rumored $7.4 billion.
Now here is something that will finally come to an end, according to Europa Press, Microsoft was fined $731 million by EU for breaking the browser ballot agreement that was signed back in 2009.
The good news, at least for Microsoft, is that the fine is far smaller than some might have expected as it was supposed to be as high as $7.4 billion or a 10% of the annual turnover. According to a report, one of the main catalysts behind what it seems to be a small fine was a cooperation from Microsoft.
With Opera Turbo rebranded as “Off-Road Mode”.
It looks like Opera Ice was simply a codename, as Norwegian browser maker has just announced the availability of its WebKit based web browser for Android. So how is it called? Opera Browser (Beta).
As we have seen in previous official and unofficial videos, Opera with WebKit brings a new take on the user interface, news reader, download manager and a private browsing mode (you know, for buying gifts).
IE hate, you can never have too much of it.
Opera Turbo and Amazon Silk to lose another selling point.
Now here is an interesting peace of information for you. According to Engadget, Google is working on a new way to compress web data and optimize page loading times, thanks to its SPDY proxy servers.
Grab it now.
After a beta build push earlier this year, Google has recently announced the availability of the Google Chrome 25 Stable for Android.
Unlike with desktop builds (where new features are always on demand), Chrome for Android has put a huge emphasis on one of the most important aspects for any mobile web browsers: performance.
With voice recognition.
If you are in a mood to talk to your PC then we have some great news for you: the latest stable build of Google’s Chrome web browser includes a support for Web Speech API, which allows you to have a conversation with web apps.
Will block third party cookies by default.
Now here is something that will make a lot of ad agencies mad and users happy. According to the latest report by Web Policy, starting with Firefox 22, it will block all third party cookies by default, which is what Safari did for quite some time now.
So what does that mean? Third party cookies will no longer work and you won’t be tracked, unless you have previously visited the original advertiser’s web site before that.
With awesome audio indicator for tabs.
Now here is a feature that some of us have been waiting for 5 to 10 years. After everyone said that it can’t be done, Google has just pushed a new bleeding edge build to its Canary channel, which will finally be able to identify tabs that are playing audio, meaning that you will no longer have to fiddle around to find the offender.
And this is how it looks like in action: