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Since its debut, Chrome has grown in popularity, though its once-stellar reputation has taken a bit of a hit as of late. Examples of Chrome-only sites are more and more common, reminiscent of the days when Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominated the web browser market. It's been shown to be a massive memory hog as well, slowing down machines as users create more and more tabs. And then there's the impending removal of ad-blocking.

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Google has a long history of introducing, then forgetting about, and finally officially killing off its products. Most recently, that included Google Spaces, a service that most of us never knew existed to begin with. Let's take a tour of some of our favourite services Google's killed off over the years.

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There are many reasons you might want to stop using Google apps. Maybe you're concerned about online privacy. Maybe you don't like the idea of one conglomerate having so much power. Or maybe you just like the idea of trying something new. Fortunately, it's possible to find competing alternatives to pretty much every service and application that Google offers - and most of them are every bit as good. Here are some of our favourites.

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False login pages are a common method of phishing login credentials from users. If a website look legit, it’s easy for your muscle memory to kick in and for you to start typing your username and password without checking that the URL is correct (or the website is legitimate).

Complicating matters is a new issue, recently profiled by developer Jim Fisher, that shows just how easy it is for a website to use a fake address bar to make you think you’re somewhere you’re not.

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Brave, a chromium-based web browser that boasts an ad-free browsing experience, will now pay users to watch ads. That’s right — the ad-blocking browser will now be running ads, but in a more thoughtful way than we’re accustomed to.

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Dark mode has stealthily rolled out to the Android version of Google Chrome as a part of the app’s most recent updates. Finally, we can all stare at our phones a little more comfortably, especially at night, without having to enable night-time reader modes or other settings. And I suppose it’s helpful for battery life, too.

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Ten years ago, the browser wars were done. Microsoft, used (some say abused) its market power to make Internet Explorer the most used browser on the planet, Netscape Navigator was dead after being the dominant browser and Google was but a babe. But Google saw an opportunity to further spread its reach as Microsoft battled anti-trust lawsuits. Now, Chrome celebrates its tenth birthday as the most used browser on the planet and Google is celebrating by adding some improvements to a browser that is now in its 73rd version. So, what's new in the tenth birthday version of Chrome.

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Google Podcasts is a relatively new podcast service, and while its current focus is its mobile app, there are a couple of features hidden away in a browser version that aren’t normally accessible. Specifically, users can play podcasts in their browser and pull auto-generated transcriptions for episodes with just a few tweaks.

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Without fail, the first link in my Google Search results is never the thing I’m actually looking for. As a result, my typical move is to open all of the search results that look like they might potentially be a decent fit into their own tabs on my browser and then go through them one by one.

Depending on what I was searching for, that can end up being a lot.

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Google announced that the latest update for the Chrome browser, Chrome 73, has begun rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. While these updates normally cover security fixes, system-level changes, and new tools for developers, Chrome 73 also includes a handful of new features for general users as well — including the much-requested Dark Mode — although their availability will be different depending on the platform you’re using.

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Rumours are spreading that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel with Microsoft Edge, the browser that replaced the much-maligned Internet Explorer in the release of Windows 10. Not even four years in, Edge has failed to throw off the bad reputation of its predecessor, and now it looks like Microsoft is getting ready to start again from scratch. Here's everything we know so far.

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Despite all the convenience and quality of Google’s sprawling ecosystem, some users are fed up with the fishy privacy policies the company has recently implemented in Gmail, Chrome, and other services. To its credit, Google has made good changes in response to user feedback, but that doesn’t diminish the company’s looming shadow over the internet at large.

If you’re ready to ditch Google, or even just reduce its presence in your digital life, this guide is here to help.