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Weekly Platform News: Layout Shifts, Stalled High-Bitrate Videos, Screenshots in Firefox

September 26th, 2019

In this week’s roundup: fighting shifty layouts, some videos might be a bit stalled, and a new way to take screenshots in Firefox. Let’s get into the news! Identifying the causes of layout shifts during page load You can now use WebPageTest to capture any layout shifts that occur on your website during page load,…

Browser Engine Diversity

September 24th, 2019

We lost Opera when they went to Chrome in 2013. Same deal with Edge when it also went Chrome earlier this year. Mike Taylor called these changes a “Decreasingly Diverse Browser Engine World” in a talk I’d like to see. So all we’ve got left is Chrome-stuff, Firefox-stuff, and Safari-stuff. Chrome and Safari share the…

Chrome 78 Beta: a new Houdini API, native file system access and more

September 20th, 2019

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Find more information about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 78 is beta as of September 19, 2019. CSS Properties and Values CSS variables…

Experimenting with same-provider DNS-over-HTTPS upgrade

September 10th, 2019

As part of  our long-standing commitment to making the web safer to use, we will be conducting an experiment to validate our implementation of DNS-over-HTTPS (aka DoH) in Chrome 78. As the name implies, the idea is to bring the key security and privacy benefits of HTTPS to DNS, which is how your browser is…

Firefox blocks third-party tracking cookies and cryptominers

September 4th, 2019

This is super interesting stuff from Mozilla: the most recent update of Firefox will now block cryptominers and third-party tracking scripts by default. In the press release they write: For today’s release, Enhanced Tracking Protection will automatically be turned on by default for all users worldwide as part of the ‘Standard’ setting in the Firefox…

Potential uses for the Privacy Sandbox

August 22nd, 2019

Today on The Keyword, we outlined our vision for an initiative aimed at evolving the web with architecture that advances privacy, while continuing to support a free and open ecosystem. In order to work toward that vision, we have begun publishing a series of explainers that are intended to be shared and iterated on across…

Chrome Dev Summit is now open for registration!

August 20th, 2019

We’re excited to announce that registration for the seventh Chrome Dev Summit is now open and you can request your invite here today! During the Summit, we will share our vision for and updates on our work towards moving the web platform forward and of course, have a bit of fun. ‘Cuz what’s Chrome Dev…

Chrome 77 Beta: New performance metrics, new form capabilities, capabilities in origin trials and more

August 9th, 2019

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 77 is beta as of August 8, 2019. New Performance Metrics Largest Contentful Paint It…

Project Strobe: Updates to Our User Data Policy

July 23rd, 2019

On May 30, Google announced the next iteration of Project Strobe, a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to user data. This announcement included the following two updates to our User Data Policy: We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the least amount of data. While this has previously been encouraged of developers, now…

Easier Payments with Chrome

July 2nd, 2019

People have high expectations for their shopping experience on the web — whether booking a vacation or buying tickets to a hot concert before they’re gone. They want a fast, seamless, and safe experience that works across all their devices. That’s why today we are making payments in Chrome more convenient: When you’re signed into…