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    “The EFF poked holes in most of Google’s justifications for Manifest V3 changes, saying that malicious extensions are mostly interested in stealing data and that Manifest V3 only stops extensions from blocking data, not inspecting it, so Google isn’t doing much to stop bad actors. The report says performance also isn’t a valid excuse, citing a study showing that ad downloading and rendering degrades browser performance.

    Whether it’s explicitly or implicitly, Google’s ad division seems to have an increasing influence on the design of Chrome. The company refuses to block tracking cookies until it can first build a tracking and advertising system directly into Chrome.

    Several extension developers are working on solutions within the Manifest V3 sandbox. There’s no way of knowing the end-user impact until these solutions are developed and Google kills the existing extension platform, but loudly rolling out user-hostile changes seems like one of the few things that could hurt Chrome’s market share. Firefox is still out there, along with an endless number of Chromium forks.”

    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
    We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do. We don't all have to do the same things.

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      Firefox is still out there, along with an endless number of Chromium forks.”

      With less than 3% or close to none market share.
      Manifest V2 has been postponed to 2024.

      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/manifest-v2-to-v3/

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        Firefox is still out there, along with an endless number of Chromium forks.”

        No, I didn’t write that, it’s a quote from the linked article.

        With less than 3% or close to none market share.

        Let’s look a little deeper into what “market share” can mean.

        “As of the most recent count, there were more than 5.16 billion internet users worldwide. That is more than half of the population of the world, children too young to use are included. ”

        3% of 5.16 billion internet users amounts to ~154,800,000 internet users. Would one expect a company to fold its tents and quit the market with “only” 154,800,000 users? I, for one, wouldn’t think so.  Firefox currently has a contract with Google as its default search engine (which is easily changed) for which they get paid royalties, ~$400 million a year.  Why walk away from that?  I personally couldn’t care less about market share per se when it is shown as a percentage of billions.  YMMV

        Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
        We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do. We don't all have to do the same things.

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