Google's Chrome Becomes Web `Gatekeeper' and Rivals Complain

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Google's Chrome Becomes Web `Gatekeeper' and Rivals Complain

When Samuel Maddock built a browser that lets friends watch an online video at the same time, he used what seemed like the cheapest and simplest option: Chromium, a free, open-source version of Google’s Chrome web browser.

Maddock’s creation worked well, but because it was based on Chromium, he needed another Google product called Widevine to authenticate users and prevent video piracy. He sent Google a request, outlining the project, and waited. And waited. Four months and 10 emails later he got a one-line answer: sorry, you can’t use the software for that.
 

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"Everybody should just use Chrome" the developer said.
 

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“Chrome has become spyware,’’ said Brendan Eich, co-founder of Mozilla and the current CEO of Brave Software Inc.

Been like that for years, nothing new
 

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"There were dozens and dozens of ‘oopsies,’ where Google ships something and, ‘oops,’ it doesn’t work in Firefox,’’ Gal said. “They say oh we’re going to fix it right away, in two months, and in the meantime every time the user goes to these sites, they think, ‘oh, Firefox is broken.’’’

Anyone recall Gmail not working in FF?
 

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And so the wheel turns and history repeats itself. Who remembers the earlier years of web design:
  • Internet Explorer WAS the standard for browsers - if your web worked on IE then all was well. Many designers used MS FrontPage for their design work.
  • As the standards evolved and better features were added, other browsers (Firefox et al) evolved to keep up with them.
  • IE did NOT keep up as Microsoft had a very cocky attitude that "we ARE the standard" and expected others to follow them, but this was not to be. So every web designer had to carry out his design, get everything working fine, and then spend twice as long getting it all to work in IE as well. Often there were 2 designs - one for IE and one for all the rest. IE was the bane of any web developer's life.
  • Eventually MS came to realise that they were getting left behind, and IE became more standards-compliant.
Is Chrome following the same trend?
 

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Chrome is too resource heavy. I use Slimjet, which is built on Chromium without all the bulk of Chrome. Also has some built in features which are hugely useful.
 
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