Search engine turns focus from privacy concerns to personalization
Last week, Yahoo announced that it would no longer be honoring Do Not Track requests from browsers accessing the search engine and associated services. The move comes as the company attempts to provide a more personal experience to users, bringing policies in line with other companies that ignore Do Not Track requests such as Facebook and Google. This comes as a reversal to previous statements made by the company, which claimed to be "the first major tech company to implement Do Not Track."
Update also brings Do Not Track
Google today released the latest stable version of its Chrome browser, which improves on the browser's performance when rendering GPU-accelerated video. According to Google, the improvements in this version bring 25 percent better battery performance when GPU-accelerated video decoding is enabled. The update also gives users greater control over website permissions involving geolocation, pop-ups, and camera/microphone access.
Windows 8 installation blocks online tracking
Microsoft has confirmed it intends Internet Explorer 10 to have Do Not Track (DNT) enabled by default in Windows 8. A blog post from the company reiterated its stance, despite online advertisers claiming they would renege on a previously made agreement that required explicit approval from the user before tracking their online movements.
Microsoft also to push for 'Do Not Track' standards among sites
Following the debut of the Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft announced in a blog post that Internet Explorer 10 would have the "Do Not Track" browser privacy feature enabled by default. The feature has been a part of other popular browsers for some time now, but the announcement means that IE10 on Windows 8 will be the first browser to have the setting enabled by default. Microsoft also announced its intention to bring about better standards in implementation of the "Do Not Track" feature for websites and software.