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Google says it's hanging on to cookies for a while longer

Google says it's hanging on to cookies for a while longer

It turns out that reinventing one of the cornerstones of the modern web is, um, hard. Google initially promised that it would stop using cookies to track users for advertising purposes in Chrome by early 2022 as part of the Privacy Sandbox initiative. So yeah, that's not happening: Google is now updating its target to "late 2023."

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Google FLoC toggle is now appearing in early versions of Chrome — here's how to find it

Google FLoC toggle is now appearing in early versions of Chrome — here's how to find it

Google's Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) is a part of its Privacy Sandbox, a new suite of tools aiming to replace and improve upon the conventional third-party cookie tracking that enables modern advertising on the web. The company has been working on it for more than a year, and this week it's set to start using the system on a small portion of Chrome users in the United States and other countries.

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Nobody wants anything to do with Google's new tracking mechanism FLoC

Nobody wants anything to do with Google's new tracking mechanism FLoC

Google is about to shake up the status quo on tracking with its newly proposed browser-based Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) tracking mechanism, which it introduced as a replacement for the outgoing third-party cookies the advertisement industry still heavily relies on. But many privacy advocates like the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and search engine DuckDuckGo think FLoC could turn out to be even worse and more invasive than third-party cookies, and most browser makers were fast to join in on that stance. Almost all of them have vowed or at least hinted that they won't support FLoC in their products, including those based on Google's open-source Chromium rendering engine also used in Chrome.

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How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

Google ships a ton of free software with Android, but you're still paying for it with your data when you use it. The company can create an incredibly detailed profile of your life thanks to all the details you share with it while browsing the web and using some Google apps. While it's impossible to get rid of all that tracking completely if you don't want to use a custom ROM or switch to iOS, there are a few things you can do to.

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Google doubles down on its commitment to get rid of targeted tracking in Chrome

Google doubles down on its commitment to get rid of targeted tracking in Chrome

Google's Privacy Sandbox is a program that aims to phase out third-party cookies in Chrome entirely over the next year, making the web a more secure and private place without completely destroying the way that targeted advertising works. And, you know, wrecking the business model for most of the web's free content, including the words you're reading now.

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Google is considering Apple-like anti-tracking features for Android

Google is considering Apple-like anti-tracking features for Android

According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is exploring its own alternative to Apple's anti-tracking features to be introduced in an iOS 14 update. The company is in early internal talks on how it could limit data collection and cross-app tracking on its operating system, trying to balance its interests as an advertising company and users asking for more privacy.

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Google fixes loading issue with COVID-19 tracking apps

Google fixes loading issue with COVID-19 tracking apps

Unfortunately, coronavirus is still alive and well, which means that tracking apps are still needed. An issue with apps developed using Google's Android Exposure Notifications System that was affecting tracking apps in several countries has thankfully been fixed, so COVID-19 tracking now works on Android devices again.

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United States military has been purchasing user location data from apps with millions of downloads

United States military has been purchasing user location data from apps with millions of downloads

The lack of strong data protection across most of the world, combined with the need for free smartphone apps and services to create some amount of revenue, has often led to private user data being shared with third parties. This time around, several high-profile Android apps have been sending location data to data brokers, which in turn are selling them to defense contractors working for the US military.

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The best Android apps to track nutrition, calories, and weight

The best Android apps to track nutrition, calories, and weight

Spending more time at home can mean you're less active, but it could also lead to less than healthy changes to your diet (we aren't judging). Although there's nothing wrong with treating yourself, takeout every night may be sustainable for your waistline in the long run. Because we care about your health and well-being (and you should too!), we've put together a list of apps that can help you maintain a healthy diet and even provide meal recommendations.

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal

We often don't realize the number of calories we're eating versus how many we need to sustain our weight.

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Get fit with your phone: 15 great apps to help you work out from home (Update: More apps)

Get fit with your phone: 15 great apps to help you work out from home (Update: More apps)

Ever since we've been asked to work from home, I've received a bunch of messages from my friends and coworkers asking me about home workout apps to stay fit. Instead of privately sharing my recommendations with them, I preferred to make them more widely available here. I've chosen ten apps from the Play Store that are highly-rated and can help most people continue to exercise while confined, including cardio, body weight, and high intensity training.

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