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Google Chrome transforms the way tabs look

The Independent - Tech

Google is changing the way that its Chrome browser works by giving users more controls over their tabs with a feature called "Tab Groups". Currently in Google Chrome's beta version, but expected to roll out to the main product next week, users can group tabs together and label them with a custom name or colour. Once that's done, users are able to move and reorder them around together. "Through our own usage and early user research, we've found that some people like to group their Chrome tabs by topic. For instance, it helps if you're working on several projects, or looking through multiple shopping and review sites" Google said in its blog post announcing the upcoming feature.

Google Chrome's private incognito mode leaks way more personal data than you might think

The Independent - Tech

Google could continue to collect personal data from users, even if they use the incognito mode in the Chrome web browser, a study has found. A researcher from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, discovered that Google could retroactively link a person's private browsing to the usernames and account information they use online. "While such data is collected with user-anonymous identifiers, Google has the ability to connect this collected information with a user's personal credentials stored in their Google Account," the study states. The study, commissioned by the trade organisation Digital Content Next, explained that a person's web activity on sites that run ads from Google's online ad marketplace can be connected through the anonymized cookies to their YouTube, Gmail or other Google account. There are a lot of Easter Eggs hidden in Chrome, and more and more are discovered each year.

Google attacked over reported plans to launch secret, censored search engine in China called 'Dragonfly'

The Independent - Tech

Google has been attacked over reported plans to launch a "censored" search engine in China. Amnest International has launched a petition against the plans, arguing that the apparently launch should be cancelled. Human rights campaigners claim developing a specifically censored search engine would be in conflict with the company's values and that it will limit freedom of expression. They also point out that Google's own staff appear to disagree with the plans. There are a lot of Easter Eggs hidden in Chrome, and more and more are discovered each year.

Google News may be forced to shut down due to EU 'link tax' plans

The Independent - Tech

The future of Google News in Europe is in doubt after Google executives hinted that EU plans for a "link tax" could force it to shut down. The new piece of European legislation is intended to make sure online publishers are paid if their content appears in search results on Google. A similar law introduced in Spain in 2014 resulted in the search giant shutting down Google News in the country, which it claims led to a fall in traffic local newspapers and publications. There are a lot of Easter Eggs hidden in Chrome, and more and more are discovered each year. One of our favourites is the dinosaur game.

Google's algorithm explained: CEO Sundar Pichai reveals how search results work – and why they sometimes look so bad for Trump

The Independent - Tech

Google's boss has explained how the site's curious search result algorithm works – and why it sometimes has a tendency to show such embarrassing photos, especially for Donald Trump. How the Google algorithm works remains largely mysterious even to the vast number of people who use it each day, finding out information on which they make the most important decisions. And into that mystery has rushed a whole host of theories, many of them seeming to suggest that Google is intentionally choosing or even manipulating results to further their political and personal aims. Those were one of the many questions that Google boss Sundar Pichai was asked about during a US Congress hearing in which he was quizzed about his company, privacy and a whole host of other questions. During that hearing, representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat, mentioned that searching for the word "idiot" on Google Images show a whole host of pictures of Donald Trump.