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New Google Chrome Feature May Drive Users to Firefox

The Register is reporting on a new feature in an upcoming version of Google Chrome that has privacy-conscious users worried. A recent API called getInstalledRelatedApps may allow websites to determine what apps are installed on a user’s device.

At first glance, the API seems to have an admirable purpose. If users have both web and native applications installed, they could be bombarded by duplicate sets of notifications. If a website can determine that its native app is installed, it would then prioritize notifications for the native app. Unfortunately, the API doesn’t really seem to be aimed at improving the experience—not for the user at least.

In response to a question from Opera developer Daniel Bratell, expressing concern about how this API would help users, Google engineer Rayan Kanso wrote:

“Although this isn’t an API that would directly benefit users, it indirectly benefits them through improved web experiences,” Kanso wrote. “We received very positive OT [off-topic] feedback from partners using this API, and the alternative is them using hacks to figure whether their native app is installed.”

In other words, this API is more about making it easier for web and app developers’ marketing needs than it is truly making users’ lives easier.

The privacy implications are clear: If websites can determine what apps are installed on a person’s phone or tablet, it can provide a relatively complete picture, otherwise known as a fingerprint, about that person’s habits.

As The Register points out, Peter Snyder, a privacy researcher at browser maker Brave, voiced his own concerns:

“I don’t follow the claim about non-fingerprint-ability. If I’m a company with a large number of apps (e.g. google), with 16-32 apps registered in app stores, the subset of which apps any user has installed is likely to be a very strong semi-identifier, no, and so be extremely risky for the user / valuable for the fingerprinter, no?

“Apologies if I’m misunderstanding, but this seems like a very clear privacy risk.

Put differently, if this isn’t a privacy risk, whats the rational behind disallowing this in private browsing mode?”

With browsers like Firefox and Safari placing an emphasis on privacy and security, it’s a safe bet this is yet another move that will drive users away from Chrome.

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How to level up from a Google My Business apprentice to a GMB master

Your business page is a dynamic asset so prioritize these updates to gain a distinct advantage over those that do not.



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Google search quality guidelines update emphasizes users of diverse backgrounds

Evaluators are reminded not to base ratings on personal viewpoints.



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December 4th Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update. Maybe?

Some of the tracking tools are spiking up and showing signals of a Google search ranking update over the past couple of days – maybe December 3rd or 4th. There is some limited chatter, nothing crazy, but some chatter at WebmasterWorld. Some are saying they saw significant changes to their rankings in the past couple of days but most are not talking about changes.


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Google Search Console messages can now be viewed without leaving reports

Messages are also categorized by type.



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Genius sues Google and LyricFind for more than $50 million in damages

The company alleges breach of contract, unfair competition and lost ad revenue.



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Google co-founders step down, Sundar Pichai to lead both Google and Alphabet

Page and Brin will remain as board members.



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Search Buzz Video Recap: Google November Update, Recipe Bug During Thanksgiving, Google Ads Overreporting & The Best SEO At Google

This week we covered more rumors around the Google November update and how John Mueller of Google downplayed the links portion of it. Google’s recipe image bug remained an issue through the Thanksgiving cooking season. Google said your robots…


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Video: Andrea Cruz Lopez on Google Ads expanding match types

Learn from a PPC expert on how to control your spend with the constant Google Ads changes.



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Google & Bing Thanksgiving 2019 Logos

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is a holiday in the United States and I will just post this recap of some of the logos from Google and Bing for the holiday. Google has “hand turkeys” and Bing goes with some fierce looking turkeys on its home page.


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