CNET: Vivaldi mobile browser due in 2019 — but no ad blocking. “Jon Von Tetzchner doesn’t need to crush Google Chrome. If he can get a few million people to use his Vivaldi browser, that should suffice. The chief executive of browser maker Vivaldi Technologies — and previously leader and co-founder of Opera, too — leads an effort to build a browser with an ultimately configurable interface so people can set it up just how they like it.”
Make Tech Easier: The Ultimate Superuser’s Guide to uBlock Origin. “uBlock Origin is the most powerful and versatile ad blocker available. Unfortunately, the design is also a little obscure. This guide will explain the ins and outs of uBlock Origin’s advanced features, including adding custom lists, creating custom user filters, setting up dynamic blocking rules, and adjusting rules for uBlock Origin on specific domains with the advanced user interface.” CRAZY deep dive.
ZDNet: Google backtracks on Chrome modifications that would have crippled ad blockers. “A study analyzing the performance of Chrome ad blocker extensions published on Friday has proven wrong claims made by Google developers last month, when a controversy broke out surrounding their decision to modify the Chrome browser in such a way that would have eventually killed off ad blockers and many other extensions.”
BetaNews: Spotify explicitly bans ad blockers on pain of account termination. “The company employs various techniques for detecting the use of ad blockers, and now anyone found to be using such a tool runs the risk of having their account terminated. The new Terms of Agreement comes into force on March 1.” I think this is the strongest pushback against ad blockers I’ve seen thus far.
The Register: Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently. “Google engineers have proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad blockers. Adblock Plus will most likely not be affected, though similar third-party plugins will, for reasons we will explain. The drafted changes will also limit the capabilities available to extension developers, ostensibly for the sake of speed and safety. Chromium forms the central core of Google Chrome, and, soon, Microsoft Edge.”
CNET: Chrome will block annoying, spammy ads globally starting July 9. “Google’s Chrome browser this summer will start blocking those annoying ads around the globe. Chrome will protect users from intrusive ads in any country starting on July 9, according to Google’s Chromium blog. It’s an expansion to an ad-blocking feature launched in February last year that initially focused on sites in North America and Europe. “
BBC: Facebook’s hidden battle against ad-blockers. “The methods Facebook uses to thwart ad-blocking technology have been criticised by web developers. The social network injects dozens of lines of code in every page to make it harder for ad blockers to detect and hide sponsored posts. But that makes the website less efficient and stops software such as screen readers used by visually impaired users from working properly.”