Techdirt: The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker

Techdirt: The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker. “There have been all sorts of reactions to the news of a built-in Chrome ad blocker, but a lot of people are raising the antitrust questions. Obviously, Google is unlikely to consider its own ads to be the ‘bad ads.’ And thus, an official Google ad blocker — especially one that allows its own ads through and is default on its very popular browser — at least raises eyebrows about antitrust issues. There’s a strong argument to be made (and I’m pretty sure that some ad firms would raise this with a court within a day or so of such an ad blocker being released) that this is an anti-competitive move to suppress competing ad firms.”

Hongkiat: 14 Opera Flags Tweaks for Better Browsing Experience

From Hongkiat, for my Opera peeps: 14 Opera Flags Tweaks for Better Browsing Experience. “Similar to other browsers, Opera also comes with experimental features that can enhance your browsing experience. Whether you are looking to speed up browsing, enhance security or just want to tweak the user interface, you should be able to find an Opera flag that can help with it.”

Threatpost: Mozilla Patches Pwn2Own Zero Day in Firefox

Threatpost: Mozilla Patches Pwn2Own Zero Day in Firefox. “Mozilla was quick to patch a zero day vulnerability identified in the Firefox browser at the Pwn2Own hacking competition last week. The company remedied the issue just shy of 24 hours of being made aware of the flaw, pushing out the updated version 52.0.1 of the browser late Friday.”

Hongkiat: New Chrome 57 Reduces Power Consumption for Background Tabs

Hongkiat: New Chrome 57 Reduces Power Consumption for Background Tabs . “With the release of Chrome 57, Google’s own web browser has gotten a slew of new features such as support for CSS Grid Layout and the addition of the new ‘Media Session API’. However, perhaps the most useful addition that comes with Chrome 57 has to be its power management system.”

CNET: Vivaldi wants to make your web browsing history useful

CNET: ​Vivaldi wants to make your web browsing history useful. “Where you’ve already been on the web turns out to be a pretty important predictor of where you’d like to go next. That’s why the next version of Vivaldi, a newer competitor to the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, is putting browser history front and center.”