Google Chrome Gets Updated to 0.4.154.25, Google Employees Get Fired
Article by George Norman
On 25 Nov 2008
Chrome, Google’s take on how a web browser should look, feel, and function, has received a new update, reaching version 0.4.154.25. With this recent release Google has added three new features (bookmark manager, privacy configuration, pop-up blocking notification), has addressed a moderate security vulnerability, and has fixed some bugs in Gears and the V8 JavaScript engine. Some 10,000 Google employees will not be too hyped about this, not with them being laid off by the Mountain View search engine giant.

Starting with the good news, the latest Google Chrome build will be rolled out in the following days, so expect your Chrome browser to update itself automatically. If you are really anxious, you could always initiate the update manually with a simple click on the “wrench menu” -> About Google Chrome -> Update Now. As we have already mentioned above, there are several new features, bug fixes and security improvements.

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The Bookmark manager lets you perform tasks such as take your bookmarks and with a simple drag and drop place them in a new location; create new folders; search through your bookmarks; and import/export your bookmarks. If you access the Options section and click on “Under the Hood” you will notice that Google has added a few privacy features. Blocked pop-ups that in the past were displayed at the bottom right corner of the screen are now displayed in what Google calls a “constrained notification”. This means that instead of several notifications, you get just one, displaying how many pop-ups were blocked.

Security and bug-wise, Google has addressed the problem with malicious HTML files that had the capability of reading data stored on your machine, has updated Gears to 0.5.4.0 and has updated V8 to 0.3.9.2.

On a more grave tone, Google is reportedly due to fire some of its 10,000 temporary employees. In the official records these people are catalogued as “temporary operational expenses” and are not mingled together with the official workforce of 20,123 employees. According to Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, the company must cut down on these temporary operational expenses.



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