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Google recants, restores old UI to Chrome bookmarks manager

Google retreated after Chrome users revolted against a change in the browser, saying that it has given up on a radical redesign of the bookmarks manager -- for now.

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Google promises power reduction in Chrome on the Mac

Among the steps taken so far: Lowering the priority of background tab rendering and curtailing the number of times the browser "wakes" from a lower-power mode to see if it needs to do something.

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iOS 9 may open the door to ad-blocking software

Safari on iOS 9 will support "Content Blocking" extensions that, when installed, will remove content from a web page. That could include ads.

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Microsoft deletes older Ask.com browser toolbars, but ignores Oracle's new crapware

Microsoft took what appeared to be a shot at Oracle this month when its security software began deleting older versions of the Ask browser toolbar. But Oracle sidestepped Microsoft's new policy by changing its Java installer so it...

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IE loses stranglehold on the enterprise as Chrome makes major inroads

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is about to lose the one market it's had locked up for decades: The enterprise.

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Chrome saves juice by freezing some Flash content

Google has switched on a feature in the Chrome beta that it said would save notebook battery power by freezing some content rendered with Adobe's Flash Player

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Chrome SUCKS (battery). But Google has a cunning plan

Chrome browser will neuter Adobe Flash ads; advertisers should use HTML5

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Microsoft's update IE mandate pushes people to Chrome

Rather than follow Microsoft's mandate to update older editions of Internet Explorer by January, a significant chunk of IE's users switched to Google's Chrome browser.

Hola browser extension should be uninstalled, say researchers

Israel-based Hola said it is working to fix the problems and will undertake a security review.

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Browser for Android and iOS to keep mobile ads, tracking at bay

Both versions are expected to arrive during the third quarter, and an Android beta is already available.

Coming soon to Firefox: More ads!

Mozilla unveiled an expansion and rebranding of its in-browser ads, now dubbed "Suggested Tiles," that will by default show in the new tab page for all Firefox users

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Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft today released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an AMD graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

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Logjam: How to tell if your browser is vulnerable

The just-disclosed Logjam flaw has again sent browser makers and website administrators scrambling to craft and apply patches, a repeat of the March rush to shut down its predecessor, FREAK.

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Android's default browser is vulnerable to URL spoofing

A flaw in Android's default Web browser lets attackers spoof the URL shown in the address bar, allowing them to mount more credible phishing attacks.

Some perspective on Flash Player bugs

Adobe's Flash Player has had 143 bug fixes in the last year. After 18 years of development, no software should be this flawed. Here are four Defensive Computing approaches to being as safe as possible when running Flash.

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Google cripples all Chrome add-ons from outside its app store

Google took a final step in its years-long scheme to aggressively lock down Chrome by crippling all add-ons because of abuse of a loophole left in the rules last year.

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Mozilla gags, but supports video copy protection in Firefox 38

The Adobe Content Decryption Module downloaded by Firefox 38 is isolated within a "sandbox," technology designed to limit code interactions with the browser itself, and quarantine it from the device and any files stored on it.

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Microsoft nixes ActiveX add-on technology in new Edge browser

Microsoft's new Edge browser will discard two of the oldest browser technologies found in the aged Internet Explorer and replace them with add-ons based on HTML5 and JavaScript.

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