Microsoft is syncing delivery of its mobile IE and PC Internet Explorer browsers. There's a lot the two have in common. But some things are still different.
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Orbitz, the online travel site whose business model is built on the word "cheap," says it treats you differently depending on whether you're a Mac or a PC. That's just the start of a privacy problem most people never think about.
Microsoft has accused Google of bypassing IE privacy preferences to track users as they surf the web, but Google says the workaround is necessary for modern web features such as Facebook 'Like' buttons
Microsoft accuses Google of bypassing its privacy settings in Internet Explorer, following news that Google had done the same with Apple's Safari browser.
Google isn't the only one bypassing Microsoft Internet Explorer's privacy settings: Facebook does it too, as do tens of thousands of other companies. So, who is to blame?
Microsoft officials are now saying that Google also circumvented IE users' privacy settings, as it did with Safari.
Microsoft is going to start automatically upgradingWindows PC users to the latest version of the IE browser available for their PCs, as of January next year.
Microsoft is introducing a new feature, "Tracking Protection," to Internet Explorer (IE) 9 "to help consumers be in control of potential online tracking as they move around the Web," according to company officials.
More than two years ago, two rival divisions within Microsoft slugged it out over an innovative feature in IE8. The IE development team, representing Good Microsoft, had written an awesome privacy protection platform. The online advertising division, representing Bad Microsoft, objected. Guess who won?
People need to consent to cookies that track behaviour so adverts can be served to their PC, a group of European privacy authorities has said
Speed kills and the race is on to cook up the most stable and fastest browser around. That situation means innovation abounds. Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox are No. 1 and No. 2 in market share, but Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome are also pushing the field. Toss in smaller players like Opera, which does better on mobile platforms than the PC, and these are interesting times.
The deadline for official comment on Microsoft's latest rendition of the browser-ballot -- the screen the company has proposed to download to PC users in order to appease antitrust regulators handling the Opera vs. Microsoft antitrust case -- is next week. Google, Mozilla and Opera are preparing to weigh in separately with their suggestions.
We missed recording last week due to the Mobilize 2009 event so MobileTechRoundup show #182 is a bit longer than normal as James, Kevin, and I chatted about mobile tech products. James and Kevin had a chance to play with the upcoming T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ Google Android device that will be tough for me to resist. I talked about my new Zune HD and iPod nano and then I learned about Opera 10's Turbo Mode on a PC. Opera Mini 5 beta is out for Java-enabled phones and adds some great new features, all for FREE. James also had a chance to swing by the HP offices and play with the new Envy notebooks that have features you may envy, but at a price you may not.
The Opera Unite alpha lets people invite others to use a browser to see content on their PC, but security experts have called its reliance on simple passwords an 'avenue to disaster'
The idea behind Opera Unite is to take the client-server computing model and toss it into a browser. Your computer can share content with other PCs on the Web without servers.
Opera on Tuesday unveiled technology it calls Opera Unite, which turns your plain old PC into a Web content server. Overall, the effort is quite innovative but with Opera's browser market share it's possible that no one will notice.
Microsoft's competitors are continuing to pile onto the Opera antitrust complaint against Microsoft over Internet Explorer (IE). The latest to seek the right to join is Google.
EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is about to sue Facebook over its bizarrely expansive license agreement, PC World reports"We think that Facebook should go back to its original terms of service," says EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg.Facebook subtly but powerfully changed its terms of service a few weeks back but they were only recently noted by The Consumerist's Chris Walters.
Chrome and Safari fared worse than Opera, Firefox and IE in a set of tests evaluating the security of browsers' password-management features
That nifty password management feature in your favorite Web browser could be helping identity thieves pilfer your personal data.That's the biggest takeaway from the results of this test which shows that all the major Web browsers -- including IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome -- are vulnerable to a total of 20 vulnerabilities that could expose password-related information.
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