How Apple Disrupted Certificate Authorities With Safari

· Andrew Orr · Link

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In February, Apple implemented a rule in Safari in which TLS certificates have a lifespan of 398 days. According to ZDNet, Apple made this decision on its own without going through the standard procedure with certificate authorities.

Instead of calling for a vote, Apple simply announced its decision to implement 398-day lifespans on its devices, regardless of what the CAs in the CA/B Forum thought of the issue.

What took place this year is, in no simpler words, a demonstration that browser makers control the CA/B Forum, and that they hold full control of the HTTPS ecosystem, and that CAs are merely participants with no actual power.

16 Web APIs Apple Avoided Over Privacy Concerns

· Andrew Orr · Link

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ZDnet has a list of 16 Web APIs that Apple declined to add to Safari over concerns they could be used to track users.

The vast majority of these APIs are only implemented in Chromium-based browsers, and very few on Mozilla’s platform.

Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices.

Zooming the Web and Learning Your Ms — Mac Geek Gab 820

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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It’s hours before WWDC begins, and there’s just enough time to get Mac Geek Gab into your hands ahead of the new stuff we’re all about to learn. And, with that, we can still learn at least five new things, including how to Zoom (and unzoom) the web, how to encrypt your files, why you might want to change your cable modem password, and what those three Ms mean. Buckle up, press play, and enjoy the ride with John and Dave!

Spotify Web Player Supports Safari Again

· Andrew Orr · News

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In 2017 the Spotify web player removed support for Safari without telling customers why. But functionality has now been restored.

Why I Abandoned Safari For Google Chrome

· Charlotte Henry · Editorial

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Charlotte had been using Safari, but eventually had to abandon it for Google Chrome after encountering too many problems and inconveniences.

Safari Users are Less Valuable to Advertisers

· Andrew Orr · News

A report suggests that Safari users are less valuable to advertisers due to the browser’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology.

Former Apple Engineering Director Don Melton - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Don Melton on Background Mode

Don Melton is probably best known as the person who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple and his rise to Apple Engineering Director of Internet Technologies. These days he’s an aspiring writer, podcaster and recovering programmer.

Don walks us through his early career starting with his aspiration to become a comic strip or comic book artist. His artistic talent led to a newspaper job which led to information graphics which led to work with Macs. His tinkering with the Mac revealed that he had a special talent for programming, and that ultimately led to his job at Netscape developing the Navigator browser. Later, a relationship with Andy Hertzfeld and Bud Tribble led to his job at Apple in 2001, chartered by Scott Forstall, to write a web browser. Don tells a fascinating story about the development of Safari for Mac OS X and the race to replace Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.