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Google’s Chrome will change cross-site cookie handling, ‘aggressively’ tackle fingerprinting

As expected, Google announced coming changes to the way its Chrome browser handles cookies and addresses fingerprinting on Tuesday at its annual I/O developer conference. New tools in Chrome will allow users to block or clear third-party cookies more easily, Google said. The company also announced a browser extension that will show more information about …

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Cheetah mobile and another Chinese firm accused of mobile ad download fraud

Mobile ad fraud is a growth industry. According to a Q1 2018 report (.pdf) from AppsFlyer, “mobile app marketers were exposed to 30 percent more fraud (as compared to the 2017 quarterly average), reaching $700-$800 million worldwide. The share of fraudulent installs has also grown by 15%, tainting 11.5% of all marketing-driven installs.” Chinese firms …

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US market becoming a smartphone duopoly

Last week, Google received the largest antitrust fine ever imposed by the European Commission (EC). At the highest level, that fine is about Google’s dominance of the world’s smartphone market. Android is far and away the dominant operating system, with a global market share of about 77 percent (or more). In the US, the iOS-Android …

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FTC says it will take a ‘close look’ at EU antitrust fine against Google

Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com Following today’s record antitrust fine imposed on Google parent Alphabet in Europe, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said he will “take a close look” at the European Commission (EC) decision. Simons also told Reuters he had spoken to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about the penalty. While …

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Third-party app store owner files EU complaint about being blocked by Google

As the European Commission (EC) reportedly prepares to slap Google with another multibillion-dollar antitrust fine over its requirements for Android handset makers, a small third-party app store competitor called Aptoide has filed a complaint with the EC, asserting that Google is actively trying to prevent downloads of the company’s product. According to a Bloomberg report: …

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