Google starts banning Chrome extensions bought by shady ad firms

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A brouhaha over adware-laced Chrome extensions has forced Google to remove two from its store and possibly exposed a wider issue. According to the original developer of “Add to Feedly, ” the problems happened after he sold his plug-in — created in a few hours — to a party for a too-good-to-be-true “four-figure” sum. As detailed in a blog, he discovered that new code was injecting ads into every page browsed without approval, angering users and lowering its rating. The same thing happened with “Tweet This Page, ” another app that served up unwanted ads after being sold. Since other developers were also approached, there’s speculation that it could be a new type of scam: buying perfectly good extensions, altering them and then letting Google slip them to users via automatic updates. After it was contacted by the WSJ , Google pulled the renegade extensions, saying that recently altered terms of service prohibit them. However, that’s only because they didn’t ask user permission; there’s nothing to prevent apps from inserting such ads — something to keep in mind the next time you tweak Chrome. Filed under: Software , Google Comments Via: The Verge Source: WSJ , Amit Angarwal

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Google starts banning Chrome extensions bought by shady ad firms

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