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Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets

In an update to the chromium engine, which underpins Google’s popular Chrome browser, the search giant has quietly updated the lists of default search engines it offers per market — expanding the choice of search product users can pick from in markets around the world. Most notably it’s expanded search engine lists to include pro-privacy […]

Stop what you’re doing and update Google Chrome

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Google is urging Chrome users to update the web browser right away to patch a zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited.

In a Tuesday tweet, Google Chrome Security and Desktop Engineering Lead Justin Schuh said users should install the latest version of the browser—72.0.3626.121—right away.

“Seriously, update your Chrome installs… like right this minute,” he wrote.

Google started rolling out the patch for Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux on Friday. This week, Google revealed that the update corrects a “high” severity flaw—CVE-2019-5786—that has been under attack by cybercriminals. Read more…

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Chrome extension also sends your tweets to Congress

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Firing off a political tweet and want your representative to see it too? There’s a Chrome extension for that. 

It’s called ePluribus, and with a click you can also send your supportive (or angry) message off to Congress without having to type it again.

Before you can send anything, the extension requires you to enter your address to find the right people, plus your phone number — if it’s required by your representative. 

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be presented a list of reps when you tweet or post to Facebook. The extension is also added on the end of U.S. news sites like CNN, the New York Times, among other sites. Read more…

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Google Chrome to start blocking intrusive ads worldwide

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Google Chrome‘s built-in ad blocker is going global this summer.

Starting on July 9, “Chrome will expand its user protections and stop showing all ads on sites in any country that repeatedly display[s] … disruptive ads,” Chrome Senior Director of Product Ben Galbraith wrote in a Wednesday blog post.

Google first launched this feature in February, but only in North America and Europe. The filter removes only the most intrusive, annoying types of ads that violate the Coalition for Better Ads’ standards, as outlined in the image below. That includes pop-up ads, full-page prestitial ads with countdown timers that block you from seeing content on the page for a certain amount of time, auto-play videos ads with sound, and large sticky ads that stay on the page even when you scroll, among others. Read more…

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Some US government websites won’t load after HTTPS certificates expire during shutdown

In a government shutdown, everything deemed non-essential stops. As we found out, renewing the certificates on its websites is considered non-essential. Several government sites are currently inaccessible or blocked by most browsers after their HTTPS certificate expired. With nobody available to renew them during the government shutdown, these sites are kicking back warning errors. According […]

The good news and bad news of HP’s new AMD Chromebook

Good news: HP made an AMD Chromebook. Bad news: It uses an old chipset. Meet the new HP Chromebook 14. This is one of the first Chromebooks powered by an AMD processor. But don’t get too excited. This isn’t the AMD-powered Chromebook a lot of people were waiting for. This Chromebook is powered by a […]

Firefox Focus adds support for enhanced tracking protection and Google’s Safe Browsing service

Firefox Focus for Android and iOS is Mozilla’s privacy-centric mobile browser. Today, the organization stepped up this promise of keeping its users’ data private by adding a few new features to the browser that expand on this by adding a new privacy feature, as well as a few other new tools. The main new addition […]