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HTTP/2 Support Begins Rollout In Browsers


The internet has changed immensely since 1999. Besides simply being used by many more people for tons of new and varied purposes, one of the most drastic ways the internet has changed involves design. Using web archives, we can see the quaint design that sites like Google and AOL had at the time - simple (if sometimes cluttered), text-heavy and very little multimedia.

Looking at those old sites can make it feel strange to consider that Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the foundation for data communication on the internet, hasn't changed since 1999. Finally, it's getting an upgrade.

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Microsoft Ditching Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

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The impending release of Windows 10 is surrounded by rumors and, for Microsoft supporters, high hopes. More will be learned about the new OS at an event on January 21, but for now, it's thought that Windows 10 will cater as much to enterprise PC customers as it will to personal users. It's also thought that the new OS will finally be available on all devices including PCs, laptops, tablets and phones.

Perhaps the most startling news, however, is the rumor that Internet Explorer will be phased out for a new-and-improved browser currently codenamed "Spartan."

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Firefox Developer Edition Launches

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Mozilla's Firefox browser definitely doesn't have the popularity it once did. According to Adobe, Firefox was the second-leading browser behind Internet Explorer in U.S. desktop and mobile usage combined until around the end of 2011. At that point, Firefox was eclipsed by current leader Chrome, as well as Safari and Android browsers.

Experts attribute Firefox's downturn to the fact that they've been notoriously absent in the mobile sphere. However, Mozilla does seem to be coming up with ways to solidify their small but dedicated user base, such as the new Firefox Developer Edition.

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Yahoo and Bing are More Popular Among IE Users

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A new study published by Chitika Insights indicates that Yahoo and Bing search engines are more popular among users of Internet Explorer than users of any other browser, including Safari, Opera, Chrome and Firefox.

In order to collect their data, Chitika analyzed advertising impressions numbering in the hundreds of millions based out of the Chitika Ad network in early August of 2012. All of the advertising impressions originated from Canada and the United States, so the data doesn't necessarily hold on a global scale.

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Google to Receive Heavy Fines for Safari Privacy Debacle

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A few months ago, we reported that Google was covertly bypassing Safari privacy settings for the primary purpose of installing tracking cookies in their users' browsers. The purpose of the alleged hack was to circumvent Safari's default settings in order to secretly place web forms in online ads.

When internet users clicked the Google "+1" buttons within these online advertisements, their internet browsers allowed the installation of a tracking cookie, believing that Safari had submitted a genuine web form on the user's behalf.

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