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- Pale Moon to Remove Google Search from Their Product After Policy Violation Spat
Pale Moon's lead developer announced yesterday that the browser would remove any trace of Google Search following Google's decision not to reward the project for the search traffic the browser is sending their way. First signs that something was wrong in the Pale Moon - Google collaboration came on August 8, when Moonchild, the Pale Moon project's founder, published an announcement that included, among other things, the following paragraph: [CITATION]As you may know, the search engine traffic on that start page is a big portion of what gives me the income to make Pale Moon work at no cost to its users. Unfortunately Google has been pretty much cutting me off with claiming it is 'invalid traffic' and that it would be a policy violation just because the browser is downloadable software - this is nonsense, because the web page the search traffic comes from is a normal, public web page like we've run sin...
- Vivaldi 1.3 Released with Custom Browser UI Themes, Improved Privacy
The Vivaldi team released a few minutes ago version 1.3, which comes with support for customizable browser UI skins, privacy controls for WebRTC IP leaks, more customizable mouse gestures, and improved proprietary media support on Linux. If you have been reading Softpedia, none of these features is "news" to you, since we've covered all in previous articles when they were first added to Vivaldi's snapshot releases. Anti-WebRTC IP leak protection Our favorite feature is the improved privacy protection Vivaldi users get when using WebRTC-based services. WebRTC is a fantastically useful protocol that has made it easier for Web developers to support services that rely on real-time communications. Unfortunately, this protocol suffers from some problems and allows an attacker to leak a user's real IP address. Vivaldi 1.3 provides an option in its Settings -> Privacy section that lets users turn on a feature that
- Facebook Will Bypass Ad Blockers on Desktop to Show Ads Regardless
In a strong message against ad-blocking software, Facebook has announced today that it will implement code that bypasses ad blockers and shows advertising to users on its desktop site. The company announced this change in policy at the same time it revealed new advertising control features in its settings section. Facebook's Andrew Bosworth, VP, Ads & Business Platform, says the company has been proactive in identifying the reasons people use ad blockers and has addressed most of the issues via its new Ad Preferences section. He explains this feature will allow users to control the type of ads they see and also hide ads from companies they interacted with in the past or are still currently interacting and don't want to see their ads anymore. Facebook is not free, says Facebook Additionally, Bosworth also reminded users...
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