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  • Zac Bowden: Microsoft is throwing in the towel on Edge, replacing it with a new browser based on Chromium

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 at 20:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If true, this is amazing news.

    Zac Bowden, Windows Central:

    Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, a rendering engine first popularized by Google’s Chrome browser. Codenamed Anaheim, this new web browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform.

    Edge has never been anything more than a pimple on the butt of Windows 10. Now, maybe, MS will go with an industry standard web rendering engine and add some worthwhile bells and whistles.

  • Keizer: IE and Firefox catch a break last month

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 at 08:18 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer has his usual excellent analysis of the monthly browser statistics:

    For the first time since June, Microsoft’s two browsers managed to hold onto their share of the browser market; the same could not be said of Firefox.

    Edge usage share was flat last month, but IE bumped up a little bit. Astounding.

    It’s a dog-eat-dog world. Surprisingly, Firefox is doing very well financially. But Chrome continues to swallow the earth.

  • Marriott data breach is enormous

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 at 07:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Catalin Cimpanu, now on ZDNet, has the news that

    Hours after announcing a data breach on Friday, two Oregon men sued international hotel chain Marriott for exposing their data. Their lawsuit was followed hours later by another one filed in the state of Maryland.

    Both lawsuits are seeking class-action status. While plaintiffs in the Maryland lawsuit didn’t specify the amount of damages they were seeking from Marriott, the plaintiffs in the Oregon lawsuit want $12.5 billion in costs and losses.

    That’s a paltry $25 for each record that’s been purloined. 500 million hotel guests, starting in 2014. “name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences.”

    Quite a haul.

    Check your credit cards, folks. And push for a US-based GDPR.

    UPDATE: If you haven’t seen Brian Krebs’s take on the big breach, look here and here.

    I got quite a chuckle when I checked my old messages and came across this one from May:

    Marriott Rewards

    As we continue to integrate Starwood Hotels with Marriott®, we wanted to let you know that we have updated our Global Privacy policy.

    What’s Changed?

    Our updated Global Privacy Statement now reflects the combination of Marriott International, Inc. and StarwoodHotels & Resorts Worldwide, LLC (formerly known as Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.) and their affiliates.
    Our updated Global Privacy Statement makes it easier to understand the types of data we collect, how we collect data, with whom we share and how we use it (e.g., to offer personalized stay and travel experiences based on your personal preferences).
    Our new Privacy Center provides helpful information about how you can express your preferences, from what and how much you share with us, to when and how you hear from us.
    We’re making these updates as new data protection regulations come into effect in the European Union, and we are confident they will make it easier to understand the choices available to you.
  • Anybody out there using the anonymous web serving part of Startpage?

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 at 07:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born and Kirsty pointed me to this from Paul Hill at Neowin:

    The private search engine, Startpage, has announced a new feature called Anonymous View that allows users to protect against tracking when they visit a website. The new feature is essentially like other proxy services but takes more action in order to stop browser and device fingerprinting by altering the JavaScript to protect privacy…

    Anonymous View offers even more protection than VPN services because VPNs can’t mitigate against browser and device fingerprinting.

    Sounds interesting. Have any of you tried it?

  • Fred Langa: A reader asks, “Why won’t my laptop charge when it’s running?”

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 at 07:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Another great, no-nonsense answer from the LangaList legend.