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US: Google’s Chrome under rival fire

 |  May 28, 2019

Some big-name websites have issues with the new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge, including Google-owned YouTube, which is refusing to work with the new browser, reported Bloomberg.

Samuel Maddock created a browser that worked well, but because it was based on Chromium, he needed another Google product called Widevine to authenticate users and prevent video piracy. He sent Google a request, outlining the project, and waited.

“You have these gatekeepers like Google that decide which projects can work and if you’re not granted that permission you’re screwed,’’ Maddock said.

It’s the redesigned version of YouTube that’s causing problems. Visitors to the site using the Chromium-based version of Edge are greeted by the error message: “Your browser is not supported. Try it with the latest Google Chrome.” The old design of YouTube remains accessible.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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