If it feels like you've been waiting forever for Google Fiber, you're not alone. It has, after all, been more than a decade since Google's announcement that "fiber is coming." To be fair, Google Fiber is long established in some areas. Before temporarily halting fiber expansion in 2016, the company brought service to 11 major US markets. Even in those cities though, Google's internet service didn't reach all, or even most, households, leaving many wondering when and if their neighborhood would be eligible for service. Meanwhile, residents of 34 other metropolitan areas who were teased with the possibility of getting Google Fiber early on are still wondering if it will come to their city at all. So what's going on with Google Fiber? A decade of deployment Let's start with where Google Fiber has successfully established service. In addition to Kansas City, Google Fiber's inaugural location, the service is also currently available in Atlanta; Huntsville, Alabama; Orange … [Read more...] about Whatever happened to Google Fiber?
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LONDON: Google says it won't develop new ways to follow individual users across the internet after it phases out existing ad-tracking technology from its Chrome browser, a change that could shake up the online advertising industry. Google says it's taking the move to protect user privacy. It's part of a broader shift in the industry as marketers such as Apple and regulators in the U.K., US and elsewhere increasingly are seeking ways to phase out more egregious data collection practices. Still, there are concerns that it will add to the tech giant's already dominant power in online advertising. And the change won't affect Google's largest advertising moneymakers: Search and YouTube. "There's a growing idea that if you can't persuade consumers to part with their data willingly, you probably don't deserve it," said Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at media agency GroupM. "Consumers are more aware of their data being used unwittingly. Brands (thinking … [Read more...] about Google ends sale of ads using individual web tracking data
At approximately 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Facebook Timeline began rolling out to the public in New Zealand. Since then, we've received reports of users gaining access in Canada, Germany, Holland and India as well. We'd like to track the rollout of Timeline geographically, but we need Mashable readers to help us. Have you received Facebook Timeline yet? If so, where in the world are you, and did you ever install the Developer version in the past? Let us know in the comments thread below. SEE ALSO: How to Fill In Your Timeline | Facebook Timeline: 10 Simple Tips & Tricks Here's our map of the rollout. We'll be live-updating this throughout the day with your feedback, so keep checking back to see if Facebook Timeline has been made available in your country yet. View Facebook Timeline Rollout in a larger map Map last updated: 10:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, Dec. 8 2011 Image courtesy of iStockphoto , Oxford … [Read more...] about We’re Mapping the Rollout of Facebook Timeline (And We Need Your Help!)
Google Chrome is the most-used browser on the internet. The browser rose to fame as an alternative to slow, sluggish incumbents -- Internet Explorer and Safari. But Google Chrome has become the new leader, and as a result has itself become the sluggish incumbent. It became the thing we hated. We created a monster. Featured Remote work: 5 things every business needs to know Echo Show 10 with motion: How it feels to be followed around The best Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra case cases Best VPN services: Safe and fast don't come free It's time for a change. Also: Actively exploited Chrome browser zero-day vulnerability patched I don't say this lightly. Over the past few months, I've been testing browsers, examining things like performance, memory usage, battery usage, and overall feel of using the browser. I know that picking the "best" browser is a personal and potentially controversial thing. It's a bit like asking whose Mom makes … [Read more...] about Google Chrome: It’s time to ditch the browser
Google has announced the regular version of Chrome will release new updates every four weeks, starting with Chrome 94 in Q3 2021. Previously, Google had been delivering new releases every six weeks, with smaller patches rolled out intermittently. The decision to shorten the release cycle was due to it seeing improvements to testing and release processes for Chrome, Google Chrome Operations technical program manager Alex Mineer said in a blog post . As part of the change, Google said it would offer a new extended stable version of Chrome, which will be available to enterprise administrators and Chromium embedders who need additional time to manage updates. This version of Chrome will provide milestone updates every eight weeks instead. While security updates on the extended stable option will be released every two weeks to fix important issues, those updates will not contain new features or all of the security fixes that will be provided to the four-week option for the regular … [Read more...] about Google to shorten Chrome update cycle to four weeks