Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Apr 2017 09:18 UTC

Alphabet Inc.'s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature in the mobile and desktop versions of its popular Chrome web browser, according to people familiar with the company's plans.

The ad-blocking feature, which could be switched on by default within Chrome, would filter out certain online ad types deemed to provide bad experiences for users as they move around the web.

Google could announce the feature within weeks, but it is still ironing out specific details and still could decide not to move ahead with the plan, the people said.

An ad-blocker from Google? Something tells me this won't go down well with antitrust regulators.

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by bolomkxxviii on Thu 20th Apr 2017 13:54 UTC
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HTTPS everywhere and Privacy Badger are both available for Firefox on Android. These are useful tools to add to your arsenal.

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by dark2 on Thu 20th Apr 2017 13:59 in reply to "Additions"
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I'm not sure how useful HTTPS everywhere is now that most sites automatically redirect to their HTTPS URL. It's actually become a problem when logging into free wifi services since the browser will detect the site doesn't match the certificate, so to log into free wifi you need to find a rare non HTTPS site so the browser won't complain about the redirect to the wifi login.

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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 20th Apr 2017 21:55 in reply to "RE: Additions"
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It's actually become a problem when logging into free wifi services

That's a feature, not a bug. Won't fix.

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