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Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Earlier this month, software developer Jeff Johnson wrote about a strange issue he'd discovered that allowed Chrome to keep certain data stored from Google sites like YouTube and Search even after it was supposed to be deleted. This isn't a good look from Google, especially in light of recent events — but the company has responded with an explanation.

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Google could be forced to sell Chrome if the Justice Department gets its way

Google could be forced to sell Chrome if the Justice Department gets its way

Google has been in hot water with government authorities time and time again, most recently when it comes to its acquisition of Fitbit in the EU. Now it looks like Google might have more tough times ahead in its home territory as the US Justice Department is reportedly considering forcing Google to sell the Chrome browser along with parts of its advertising business.

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Closing your perfectly innocent incognito tabs will no longer cause Chrome to freeze

Closing your perfectly innocent incognito tabs will no longer cause Chrome to freeze

For the last two months, spanning from Chrome version 84 to 85, some people have been experiencing spontaneous interface freezes, mostly when trying to close their last incognito tab. Google acknowledge the issue quickly and promised a timely fix, and it seems like it's finally rolling out with the latest minor Chrome update. People on version 85.0.4183.127 report that the freezes have stopped for them, and the corresponding entry in the Chromium bug tracker has been marked as fixed.

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Kiwi Browser shows signs of life, teases team-up with fellow Chromium browser in future

Kiwi Browser shows signs of life, teases team-up with fellow Chromium browser in future

Chrome might be most people's choice for browsing the web, but that doesn't mean it's the only option out there. Kiwi Browser is based on the same underlying code that powers Chrome, but it has its own unique features, including being one of the few mobile browsers to support desktop extensions on Android. The project hasn't seen many public-facing changes in the last year, but now a new release is coming down the pike.

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Vivaldi Browser gets an optional bottom tab bar on Android (APK download)

Vivaldi Browser gets an optional bottom tab bar on Android (APK download)

Vivaldi started putting more options into its various bottom bars with version 3.2, and now, a year after the browser's initial beta release on Android, the company has decided to allow users to go all-in on bottom navigation. Version 3.3 of the Chromium-based browser lets you move the tab and address bar to the bottom of the interface. There are also smaller improvements to content and ad-blocking.

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Vivaldi 3.2 makes its bottom bar more consistent and improves privacy

Vivaldi 3.2 makes its bottom bar more consistent and improves privacy

Vivaldi went stable on Android this year, but the developers behind the Chromium-based browser aren't resting on their laurels. Following the introduction of a forced dark mode for all websites in June, the team is now turning its attention to making the bottom bar more consistent. It's also going more private by giving users enhanced control over tracker and ad blocking via access to additional blocklists.

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Google is testing a concept dual-touchscreen Chromebook

Google is testing a concept dual-touchscreen Chromebook

Thanks to the way ChromeOS is developed, we often get glimpses of upcoming features and devices through the open-source Chromium code. ChromeOS started out with traditional clamshells, and over the years we've gotten foldables, detachables, and even straight-up tablets. Now it looks like Google is experimenting with a new form factor: a touchscreen Chromebook with dual screens.

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Brave Browser Nightly releases are now available on the Play Store

Brave Browser Nightly releases are now available on the Play Store

Brave may not have the best reputation following referral code injections and its founder's history as the disgraced Mozilla CEO, but it does have a unique approach to ad-blocking without completely cutting off websites from monetization, which you might enjoy. Since the software is based on Chromium, it follows comparable development cycles and comes in similar flavors as Chrome does: Stable, Beta, Dev, and Nightly. Brave Stable and Beta have been available on the Play Store for a long time already, and now the Nightly variant joins them.

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Vivaldi v3.1 can force dark mode on all websites (APK download)

Vivaldi v3.1 can force dark mode on all websites (APK download)

A few months after Vivaldi for Android hit its first stable build with desktop-like tabs, tracker blocking, and bottom bar navigation, version 3.1 of the browser has been released. It mostly packs minor bug fixes, but hard-core dark mode fans might love the one new addition coming with it: A forced dark theme for website content.

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Google Search aims to make ctrl+F a thing of the past, will start highlighting relevant text on actual web pages

Google Search aims to make ctrl+F a thing of the past, will start highlighting relevant text on actual web pages

Google Search will soon start to highlight snippet text from results on the web pages you click. If that doesn't immediately sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread, stick around, because I think you'll actually love this simple new feature from the Chromium team.

Have you ever searched for a specific phrase or term on Google, seen it highlighted in the result snippet in the search results, clicked, and then been totally unable to find it on the web page itself? It's a problem as old as search engines themselves, and most of us get around it by using the even-more-ancient ritual of 'ctrl+F,' essentially searching a second time for the thing Google already found for us.

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