Microsoft follows Google: Edge updates paused due to COVID-19 (Laptop Magazine)

Laptop Magazine: Microsoft follows Google: Edge updates paused due to COVID-19. “The last thing Microsoft wants to do is follow in Google’s footsteps, but the Redmond-based firm has no choice. As Chrome pauses updates due to COVID-19, Edge implements the same upgrade-halting measures as its biggest browser competitor, BleeingComputer reported.”

Make Tech Easier: Why You Should Use Two Browsers for Your Daily Browsing

Make Tech Easier: Why You Should Use Two Browsers for Your Daily Browsing. “When you use browser compartmentalization, you use different browsers for different activities, and you are strict about following your rules for when to use which browser. Using separate browsers for separate activities will stop companies from tracking information between sites with different identifying information. Tracking cookies cannot follow between different browsers.”

TNW: Google Chrome can now show devs how their sites look to users with visual impairments

TNW: Google Chrome can now show devs how their sites look to users with visual impairments. “Google’s popular Chrome browser has launched a new tool to help developers tune their websites for different visual deficiencies such as color blindness and blurred vision.”

BetaNews: Firefox 74 tightens add-on security, simplifies importing data from Microsoft Edge

BetaNews: Firefox 74 tightens add-on security, simplifies importing data from Microsoft Edge. “Firefox 74.0 ships with several new features, none of which are jaw-dropping, but all of which serve to further improve the browser’s privacy, security and usability. In addition, the Facebook Container add-on now gives users control over which sites are blocked from reporting back to Facebook.”

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2020?

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2020?. “For ages, it was almost impossible to get hard data on which were the most popular web browsers. Sure, many companies claimed to have good information, such as NetMarketShare and StatCounter, but their numbers were massaged. The US federal government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP), however, gives us a running count of the last 90 days of US government website visits. While it doesn’t tell us about global web browser use, it’s the best information we have about American web browser users.”

Mashable: Google Earth comes to Firefox and Edge but not Safari (yet)

Mashable: Google Earth comes to Firefox and Edge but not Safari (yet). “On Wednesday, Google announced that Earth now works in Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers. The change comes after a six-month beta period, and has been made possible by moving Google Earth onto WebAssembly, a standard for executable programs on the web.”

Ars Technica: More than 200 browser extensions ejected from Firefox and Chrome stores

Ars Technica: More than 200 browser extensions ejected from Firefox and Chrome stores. “Mozilla and Google are cracking down on malicious and abusive extensions available for the Firefox and Chrome browsers, respectively. The moves come in response to the recent detection of add-ons that turned out to violate the browser maker’s policies, despite review processes designed to weed out wares that are malicious or have the potential to be malicious.”