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Chrome Browser Finally Launches Touch-Enabled Swipe Features for Developers

Google Chrome’s latest Canary Build has some great swipe features that looks really promising. Swiping left to right will move you back and forth in your browser history. There’s also a feature to “enable pinch scale” that lets you pinch to zoom.

The touch features are needed if Google’s Chrombook is to compete with Internet Explorer on Windows 8, which already has those features. We’ll let you know when the new update rolls out for everyone.

Currently, the new browser is made for developers only and “can sometimes break down completely.” If you want to test drive  the new features, you can download the browser here. It gets updated every night.

Via the Verge

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Google Introduces Chrome App Launcher

Google has released the Chrome app launcher a tool that recreates the  Chromebook app launcher experience on other platforms. It helps make apps work offline. Google is introducing the tool through Windows and will release Mac OS X and Linux versions soon.

Here is more from Google’s blog: “Chrome packaged apps deliver a native-like experience across multiple platforms with the security properties of a web page. Just like web apps, packaged apps are written in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. But packaged apps launch outside the browser, work offline by default, and have access to powerful APIs not available to web apps.”

Yesterday Google introduced a new high resolution touchscreen laptop called the Chromebook Pixel.

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Germans Reopen Investigation on Facebook Privacy (The New York Times)
Data protection officials in Germany reopened an investigation into Facebook’s facial recognition technology Wednesday, saying that the social networking giant was illegally compiling a huge database of members’ photos without their consent. The data protection commissioner in Hamburg, Johannes Caspar, suspended the inquiry in June, but said he reopened it after attempts to persuade Facebook to change its policies had failed. ZDNET The agency’s main concern is that Facebook does not notify its users that the facial recognition technology is being used and claims that a biometrics database containing millions of faces carries has “immense potential” for being misused. Caspar wants Facebook to delete all the data already gathered, or at least ensure that the users actively consent to their data being used in this way. PC Magazine The German probe kicked off in mid-2011, but as The New York Times noted, that investigation was closed in June after Caspar’s office believed Facebook was complying with German demands. Now it appears that was not the case. AllFacebook When the Internet’s wide collection of pranksters decides to get together, it can be a nightmare for Facebook page administrators. Whoever runs Subway’s Facebook page is certainly earning their paycheck this week, as the page was bombarded Wednesday with animated pornographic images featuring the company’s logo and sandwiches. CNET Drawing upon a little-known California law, Facebook is reportedly looking to hasten the payout of its Instagram purchase. Typically with deals like this companies have to first register with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but if the social network is able to use the California law it could save the company time and money. Read more

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Just Like the Share Price, Facebook Goes Down After Being Hacked (Daily Mail)
Facebook experienced service outages for portions of its 900 million users Thursday after the social networking site was apparently targeted by a hacking group. The mass outages for the famously reliable social networking site capped off a topsy-turvy two weeks for co-founder Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook’s stock closed at $29.60 per share on Thursday, down 22 percent from its offering price of $38. The New York Times On Valentine’s Day, Nick Bergus came across a link to an odd product on Amazon.com: a 55-gallon barrel of … personal lubricant. He posted the link on Facebook, adding a comment: “For Valentine’s Day. And every day. For the rest of your life.” Facebook — or rather, one of its algorithms — had seen his post as an endorsement and transformed it into an advertisement, paid for by Amazon. VentureBeat If you have a great idea or application that uses the Facebook platform for human rights, the company just might give you a sweet $20,000 prize for your efforts. The cash is part of the Access Innovation Prize and is offered in partnership with Access, the tech human rights organization. Mashable A recent Facebook update lets page administrators schedule posts in advance, similar to the scheduling functions of HootSuite and other third-party apps. However, users quickly noticed flaws in the user interface — that is, if they could even find the feature at all. CNET Facebook has apparently booted Google’s Chrome browser off of its supported browser list, instead highlighting Opera, according to Favbrowser, which managed to cache a page with the note (the page no longer appears). The switch is particularly poignant with speculation flaring up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera. AllFacebook The question of whether registered sex offenders should be allowed to use Facebook and other social networks found its way into a courtroom again Thursday, this time in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Ind., where Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said she would rule within one month on whether a state law banning the practice is constitutional. Read more

Angry Birds Fly Into Your Browser


Angry Birds, the highly addictive mobile game, has made its way to the web. Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, has released a browser version of the game for Google’s Chrome OS — a move that is of interest to many in the gaming community. After my editor provided me with the link to the online game, I was extremely annoyed because I had a feeling that I would become addicted. However, that wasn’t the case.

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Google Chrome Web Store Shoppers Can Now Taste BBC Good Food

The British Broadcasting Corp. hopes to whet the appetite of browsers in the Google Chrome Web Store with BBC Good Food, a free app that allows users to download more than 160 healthy recipes.

The app can be used online and offline, and users can search for recipes by choosing Today’s Pics or by categories including Breakfast, Starters, Mains, Less than 200 Calories, and Healthy Classics.

BBC Good Food also contains short video lessons, and its recipe lineup contains international fare including The Ultimate Makeover: Moussaka, Sticky Lemon Chicken, Shrimp Curry in a Hurry, Steak & Kidney Pie, and Mexican Chili Burgers, as well as desserts such as Chocolate Muffins and Apple Pie Samosas.

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PostPost Now Available via Google Chrome Web Store

PostPost, an app from TigerLogic that converts users’ Facebook feeds into newspaper form, is now available for Google Chrome users free-of-charge via the Google Chrome Web Store.

The app uses TigerLogic’s yolink technology to allow users who sign in via Facebook Connect to view shared links, videos, and pictures from their Facebook friends, as well as comment and reshare.

PostPost product manager Bobby Bonaparte said:

PostPost is one of a new breed of Web apps that is redefining the user experience for consuming media, and we thought the obvious next step was to add PostPost as a Chrome Web app, with additional user interface elements including slide-in articles.