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Google bans cryptocurrency mining extensions on Chrome

Late last month, Twitter confirmed to block cryptocurrency-related ads on the platform. In January, social media giant Facebook banned all ads promoting cryptocurrencies

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  • Google chrome has also cracked down on cryptocurrency mining extensions
  • Last month, Twitter did it
  • Facebook has also banned it down

After Facebook and Twitter, Google has cracked down on malicious cryptocurrency mining extensions on its Chrome platform. Until now, Google Chrome’s web policy permitted cryptocurrency mining in extensions as long as it is the extension’s single purpose and the user is adequately informed about the mining behaviour.

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“Unfortunately, approximately 90 percent of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies, and have been either rejected or removed from the store,” James Wagner, Extensions Platform Product Manager, said in a blog post late Monday. “Starting today, Chrome Web Store will no longer accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency,” he added. Existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted from the Chrome Web Store in late June.

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Extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining will continue to be permitted in the Web Store, Google said. Over the past few months, there has been a rise in malicious extensions that appear to provide useful functionality on the surface, while embedding hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts that run in the background without the user’s consent.

These mining scripts often consume significant CPU resources, and can severely impact system performance and power consumption. “This policy is another step forward in ensuring that Chrome users can enjoy the benefits of extensions without exposing themselves to hidden risks,” Wagner said.

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Late last month, Twitter confirmed to block cryptocurrency-related ads on the platform. In January, social media giant Facebook banned all ads promoting cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and ICOs. IANS

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Google is shutting down on April 2 its email app “Inbox” that gave users options like advanced filtering, message snoozing and more visual organisation.

The search engine giant first hinted at bringing the app to an end last year, but it was not until recently that the users started seeing a more specific shutdown date, GSMArena.com reported on Tuesday.

“‘Inbox’ is shutting down. We are saying goodbye to ‘Inbox’ at the end of March 2019. While we were here, we found a new way to email with ideas like snooze, nudges, smart reply and more. That’s why we have brought your favourite features to Gmail to help you get more done,” reads the desktop message that pops up while logging into “Inbox”.

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However, an iOS-only email client named “Spark” will be launched for Android right around the time Google retires “Inbox”.

“This, according to the tweets it has been replying to Inbox users on Twitter. Perhaps ‘Spark’ will be able to fill a void that will be left by ‘Inbox’,” the report said.

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Earlier this week, Google said it is going to close Google+ in the coming months, seven years after it was launched as a social networking site of its own name brand. (IANS)