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Thank you, , for sharing how many services are looming in the /#Chromium browser. I hope all projects that use Chromium take note and also start removing these. (slide was presented at BlinkOn conference)

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Safe browsing, Speech input, Nearby messages, Google Pay, Link Doctor, Drive API, Ad blocking, Chrome OS hardware id, User data sync, Device registration, Spellcheck, Google Maps Time zone, Suggest, Google Cloud Storage, Translate, Cloud Print, SmartLock, Google DNS, Form Fill, Supervised Profiles, Push Notifications, Address Format, WebStore, Network Location, Extension Store, Network Time, Maps Geolocation, Favicon service, Google Now, Google Cloud Messaging, Single sign-on (Gaia), Content Hash Fetcher, Flighting Service, Component Updater Service, RAPPORT service, Chrome OS monitor calibration, Chrome OS device management, Android app password sync, Offline Page Service Feedback, Domain Reliability Monitoring, Data Reduction Proxy, Chrome Cleanup, Developer Tools Remote, Debugging, iOS Promotion Service, One Google Bar Download, Brand Code Configuration Fetcher, WebRTC Logging, Captive Portal Service

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@jwildeboer Services we replaced or turned off

Safe browsing
Nearby messages
Link Doctor
Ad blocking
User data sync
Spellcheck
Suggest
Translate
SmartLock
Form Fill
Push Notifications
WebStore
Extension Store
Maps Geolocation
Google Now
Speech input
Google Pa
Drive API
Chrome OS hardware id
Device registration
Google Maps Time zone
Google Cloud Storage
Cloud Print
Google DNS
Supervised Profiles
Address Format
Network Location
Network Time
Favicon service
Google Cloud Messaging
Single sign-on (Gaia)
Content Hash Fetcher
Flighting Service
Component Updater Service
RAPPORT service
Chrome OS monitor calibration
Chrome OS device management
Android app password sync
Offline Page Service
Feedback
Domain Reliability Monitoring
Data Reduction Proxy
Chrome Cleanup
Developer Tools Remote Debugging
iOS Promotion Service
One Google Bar Download
Brand Code Configuration Fetcher
WebRTC Logging
Captive Portal Service

@clacke @jwildeboer Uh, all I see when I go to that link is the character string "success".

@wrenpile @clacke @jwildeboer Yes, that's what it's supposed to do.

Captive portals are the things that public wifi uses, to make you agree to terms of service, sign in, and/or pay for service - they work by intercepting connections and redirecting them to their own service.

So, nowadays, everyone detects captive portals by having their browsers and OSes check their own sites for a message, to see if they get redirected.

@wrenpile @clacke @jwildeboer I also suspect, in Microsoft's specific use of Chromium, they would've removed it entirely - no point when Windows has its own captive portal test built in.

@bhtooefr @wrenpile @clacke @jwildeboer FYI, Electron doesn’t use any of these services because it doesn’t wrap the //chrome layer, it wraps //content.

@bhtooefr @wrenpile @clacke @jwildeboer worth pointing out here that wifi has an existing standard (IEEE 802.11u-2011) for notifying clients that it's a captive portal, giving them an appropriate login URL and all. Browsers are just universally crap.

@flussence @bhtooefr @jwildeboer @wrenpile The standard is in response to the captive portals in the wild, and most of them remain unchanged.

Having a dedicated non-TLS endpoint to query is a huge improvement over just going to google.com and failing on the cert, as my old Androids do.

@jwildeboer or encourage people to ask all blink browser to do the same.

@jwildeboer What they don't say is which of these they are replacing with their own even worse components that invade your privacy. 😐

Oh well, this is good though. Maybe someone will make a Chromium based browser that doesn't have Google garbage in it and nothing that invades user privacy.

@jwildeboer
now it bags the question: will they make a Linux version of edge?

@jwildeboer Why is it good that Microsoft turned off "Safe Browsing, Speech Input, Ad blocking, spellcheck, extension store (To replace it with their own), Domain reliability,"???

@maverynthia @jwildeboer Reliance on Google, feeding Google. Of course in MSFT's case they're just replacing Google with themselves, but for anyone wanting to degooglify their life, this is valuable information.

@jwildeboer They probably just took Ungoogled Chromium and slapped their own spyware on top of it.

Nothing new has been learned

@jwildeboer I don't get the reasoning behing disabling push notifications

@jwildeboer I know what the image means but my head keeps thinking about Gaia Online
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