In the past, Google capitalized on a loophole in Safari’s privacy settings aimed at preventing placement of third-party cookies by default, using invisible forms to apparently mislead Safari into believing that users had legitimately interacted with the company’s ads and willingly allowed cookies to be housed on the device.
This week, such actions finally caught up with Google and resulted in a costly resolution to the matter.
Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have agreed to a $17 million settlement with Google over the company’s purported “circumvention of privacy settings in Safari.”
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On Wednesday, BIA/Kelsey shared with MMW the findings of its new consumer survey, which offers various insights into how local shoppers in the U.S. are likely to find, engage and transact with local-serving businesses.
BIA/Kelsey and their research partner Ipsos found that 94 percent of the consumers surveyed have gone online for local shopping purposes within the last six months.
Among those surveyed, 59.5 percent have completed a local purchase of merchandise or services online, within the last six months. At the same time, two-thirds of total local purchases (65.9 percent) are purchased in-person.
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iOS and Android now control 95% of all mobile web browsing in the United States.
iOS, however, leads the way. That’s according to the findings of a new study from Quantcast and investment firm Piper Jaffray, which indicate that iOS claims a 65 percent market share.
By comparison, Android’s share of mobile browsing is just 30 percent.
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According to the latest data from Google, the speed at which mobile browser pages load continues to accelerate.
Over the last twelve months, in fact, the speed of mobile browser page loading has increased 30%.
“At Google,” the Internet search giant posted Monday, “we are passionate about speed and making the web faster. A faster web is better for both users and businesses – faster pages lead to better user experience and improved conversions.”
Over the last year, we have seen significant improvements in the core infrastructure that powers the Internet: the web browsers have gotten faster; there have been quite a few LTE/4G deployments making mobile networks a lot faster; and processing power on mobile devices continues to increase at a rapid pace.
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Mozilla is gearing up to show off something new in the world of Firefox.
Get ready for navigator.mozPay(), an API that makes possible secure payment capabilities inside Web-based applications designed for the HTML5-based Firefox OS mobile OS.
In a nutshell, Kumar McMillan of Mozilla Hacks explains, when a web app invokes navigator.mozPay() in Firefox OS, the device shows a secure window with a concise UI.
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Nothing effectively ends a mobile browser rivalry like an acquisition of one competitor by the other.
On Friday, Opera Software confirmed it has acquired mobile browser rival Skyfire Labs, an emerging leader in mobile video optimization and cloud solutions for mobility.
Skyfire, however, is primarily known for its Rocket Optimizer software. Skyfire currently counts three large U.S. mobile operators as customers.
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Opera is busy working on its newest project, a WebKit-based mobile browser affectionately dubbed Opera Ice. As of this writing, it’s too early to determine if “Ice” is just an internal nickname or the new browser’s official moniker.
CNET is reporting that the browser is reportedly designed for the screens of today’s leading iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
The Opera Browser will be rebuilding its mobile browsers using WebKit and a new interface that nearly entirely ditches the traditional browser buttons called Opera Ice, according to a leaked video acquired by Pocket-Lint.com.
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