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Vivaldi 3.2 has been released for Android today. The update introduces better tab controls that allow you to use one hand and improvements to ad and tracker blocking that allow for custom blocklists.
Google has taken to its security blog to explain its recent changes to the Web Request API, which have drawn controversy recently for potentially neutering ad blocking functionality.
A newly published Microsoft patent shows that the company might be interested in introducing a browser plug-in to conserve computing resources. It would also presumably be different from ad blockers.
Microsoft is finally adding the much-requested feature to its Edge browser on Android, powered by Adblock Plus. The feature is gradually rolling out to beta testers starting today.
Google has announced that its Funding Choices programme will launch in an additional 31 countries over the next several weeks. The programme helps site owners recover lost funds due to ad blockers.
Keeping its users happy is obviously important to Google, and ads are apparently a big thing that annoy users. So the company has made some changes to its ad settings and ad muting functions to help.
As part of its promise to fix online advertisements earlier this year, Google has now given us a date for when its popular browser will start automatically blocking ads that do not meet its standards.
A fraudulent extension that mimicked the popular Adblock Plus extension was allowed to be listed on the Chrome Web Store, tricking 37,000 users into downloading it before being removed.
To be released sometime in 2018, Google is working on a new version of Google Chrome that will include a built-in ad-blocker that blocks all ads that the company considers intrusive.
Adblock Plus may well fall out of favour with its ad-hating users now that it has launched its own ad marketplace, pushing the things its supposed to be fighting. ABP says these are Acceptable Ads.
Richard Stallman has suggested his approach on how the ad-blocking question can be addressed. As can be expected, he comes at the question from a privacy position, pushing for unlinkable payments.
A few days ago Microsoft showed that its Edge browser was the best when it comes to battery usage. But now Opera is disputing those claims with its own test, while Microsoft is still claiming it won.