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Old 09-01-2016, 08:54 PM   #1
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Google has paid $56,500 for Chrome security bugs addressed in version 53 of the browser, which also stamps out the use of Flash for tracking users.

Google has updated Chrome for Linux, Mac, and Windows to fix 33 security flaws and reduce its reliance on Flash.

Chrome 53, which rolled-out on Wednesday, introduces another effort from the search company to snuff out Flash on the desktop and push the web towards using modern HTML5-based tech instead.

While Chrome continues to ship with the Flash Player plugin for now, Chrome 53 puts an end to the use of Flash in the background for page analytics.

"This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September, Chrome 53 will begin to block it. HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You'll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites," Google announced in August.

This restraint on Flash is an extension to changes introduced in Chrome 42 last year, which reduced non-central Flash content to click-to-play. By Chrome 55, which is due out in December, Google expects to make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites that only support Flash. Users will be prompted to enable Flash for those sites, otherwise it will remain disabled.
Google Chrome starts blocking Flash tracking for better battery life and performance | ZDNet
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