Chrome

No, not this – but this. Google released it’s beta of a web browser yesterday. It is, as reported, very minimalist. Page load times are very fast, and whether you love or hate google, it is definitely worth downloading to give it a shot. So far, everything I have tried with it has worked just peachy.

Will spend some more time today trying to break it (that is what betas are for, afterall) but my first impression is very simple. If this simple app can do everything IE/Safari/FFox can do, and faster and cleaner, what the hell is running in the background in our current browsers?

Nice cartoon here, explaining a bit.

Edit: Check out these sections of the Chrome End User Licence Agreement

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non- exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

 11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

17.1 Some of the Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to the content of information stored on the Services, queries made through the Services or other information.

Scary, Scary stuff. The language is every open ended in 11.1 and 11.2.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I’m interested to see how it performs once it comes out for Mac, which is reportedly “soon.” I love Gmail and Google Calendar, but since Google gets so much from ad revenue, are they going to have access to what I surf and when I surf it? That’s a little on the disconcerting side.

    And, one thing that I absolutely love about Firefox is its RSS feed bookmark bar. I can aggregate all the blogs I read into one feed and access individual blog posts through a button on the Bookmark Bar. Would Chrome give me that same functionality?

  2. It does have RSS built in – but I haven’t tested it yet (since I don’t use it often anyway). Perhaps you should check it out with your experience with the one in Firefox and see how they compare? =)

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