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Google has delivered what could be the killer blow for the much maligned Adobe Flash. The company has stated that from tomorrow it will turn Flash adverts into static images to protect against potential malicious code injections. First announced in June, the move has been trialled in the Beta Channel and is rolling out to stable browser users beginning Tuesday.
A quiet week in Google. Nothing to really talk about. I mean, it's not as if a new parent company has been created in order to restructure the whole business into a subsidiary of something called Alphabet. Oh, wait. All that did happen. But there's a lot more that went under the radar as a result.
Google will block access to its autocomplete API to unauthorised users starting from 10 August 2015. When asked about the move, Google explained: "We built autocomplete as a complement to Search, and never intended that it would exist disconnected from the purpose of anticipating user search queries.
Adblock Plus has been taking money from major tech companies to have their ads unblocked. Google was the first company revealed to have paid for whitelisting with the popular advert blocking extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but now it appears that Amazon and Microsoft have also paid Adblock Plus for whitelisting.
Facebook has ditched Microsoft's Bing search engine as a provider, in favor of a proprietary engine. There had previously been an option to view Bing results during a Facebook search, but over the past few days it has disappeared without notice. The move to its own engine, based on the much heralded Social Graph, will allow Facebook to focus the results on comments, photogr ...
Bing and Yahoo have begun compliance with European Right to Be Forgotten rules and have removed a series of search results. The EU Court of Justice ruled in May that anyone had the right to have "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant" data removed from search results. Google complied almost immediately and has already had 174,000 requests to delete entries.
Google users who have out-of-date Web browsers have begun to encounter the consequences of a policy decision that the Web search giant made in 2011. On the Google user forums over the weekend, a number of contributors, particularly those using older versions of Opera, began to notice that the Google homepage had regressed back to an earlier version.