Following the competitors, Google has finally started implementing a much requested and widely anticipated, “Do Not Track” feature.
According to one of the Google’s spokesmen, the search giant has “undertook to honor an agreement on DNT that the industry reached with the White House early this year. To that end we’re making this setting visible in our Chromium developer channel, so that it will be available in upcoming versions of Chrome by year’s end.”
Well, here is an unexpected move. If you were hoping to see 12.50 Final later this year, prepare to see a new branch first. Why? It looks like the Norwegian browser maker has renamed its internal version of the Opera 12.50 web browser and released it as Opera 12.10 Beta RC.
Unfortunately, unlike their previous releases, the following build is pretty much unusable. With HWA enabled, Opera 12.10 will crash when loading Facebook, the scaling is completely broken, making it annoying to zoom in/out of various web pages and images. In addition to that, WordPress “Post New” HTML section is completely broken with lots of annoyances and crashes when using “Visual” view.
Apache HTTP Server, a software that is widely used by more than 600 million web sites (that’s about 60% percent of the http client market share), has recently issued a patch, which overrides Internet Explorer’s DNT setting.
What does it mean? It means that the majority of all the web sites will ignore the Do Not Track setting by default.
The patch’s author, Adobe employee Roy T. Fielding, has said the following:
Following the release of the Safari 6 web browser, which targets only Apple’s own operating system, the browser ballot screen has been updated as well.
As it turns out, Maxthon has since replaced Safari and now appears in the top 5 list.
On a related note, Windows 8 browser ballot screen has just arrived via Windows Update.
Fix what’s broken.
Just yesterday, I have encountered a strange issue with the release preview version of the Internet Explorer 10. For some strange reason, it won’t copy or paste data from or to the web site.
Thankfully, I have found a cause and a simple way to fix that.
Phishing by the data URI.
According to a report from TheRegister, Henning Klevjer, a student from Norway, has modified a somewhat old phishing technique (documented by Billy Rios and Nathan McFeters), which allows phishers to hide the entire malicious web page and transform it into a clickable link.
After announcing that the final build of the Opera 12.02 web browser will disable the out of process plugins by default, it looks like folks from Norway decided to implement the very same “feature” for the 12.50 builds too.
According to the recent blog post, the latest Opera pre-alpha snapshot does just that and while it remains to be seen whether or not the final build of Opera 12.50 will still have OOPP disabled, one of the developers said, “It will be re-enabled when it is of sufficient quality disregarding version.”
Food for thought.