On Browser Monopolies


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Mar 14, 2021
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I've been a Pale Moon browser for a few months - - I remember posting about it some time back, and how it was really efficient on resources (200MB single process, really light on RAM, great for managing multiple instances).

Came across this today:
https:// forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=27201

Just checked, and yeah it seems Google Drive doesn't work on Pale Moon anymore. It seems to be an arbitrary block enforced by Google, because it was working just fine yesterday morning.

We already know Google tries its best to enforce a monopoly when it comes to search engine results (including the latest trend of providing FAQ snippets right in the search results to prevent people from leaving Google and clicking through to other sites )...but what are your thoughts on Google monopolizing the browser market as well? In recent years, they've become the primary funding source for Firefox, and most other browser are now forks of Chrome or Chromium (including Brave), and hence also dependent on a Google-funded project, directly or indirectly.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist and alarmist, but a lot of this behaviour reminds me of how the 'robber barrons' of the late 19th century, Carnegie, Vanderbilt etc formed monopolies not only by dominating industries but also buying up all related services.
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