Australian Retailer Implements World’s First ‘Tax’ On Internet Explorer

The Australian online retailer has introduced the world’s first “tax” on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser. Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm’s site.

Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in “rendering the website into an antique browser”. The charge is set to 6.8% – 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch.

According to Mr Kogan the idea was born when the company started working on a site relaunch. Mr Kogan said that even though only 3% of his customers used the old version of the browser, his IT team had become pre-occupied with making adaptations to make pages display properly on IE 7: “I was constantly on the line to my web team. The amount of work and effort involved in making our website look normal on IE7 equalled the combined time of designing for Chrome, Safari and Firefox.”

Mr Kogan said it was unlikely that anyone would actually pay the charges. His goal is to encourage users to download a more up-to-date version of Internet Explorer or a different browser. Mr Kogan told the BBC his customers were very happy and he had received a lot of praise for his efforts.

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Source: BBC News

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Google Offers $1 Million for Chrome Hacks

Google will pay up to $1 million to those that can hack its Chrome browser and expose and exploit potential threats, Forbes has said.

Chrome is participating in an annual hackathon called Pwn2Own, held next week at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver. For the last three years of the competition, Chrome has been left untouched while hackers have taken down browsers including Firefox, Internet Expolorer, and Safari, Forbes said.

“While we’re proud of Chrome’s leading track record in past competitions, the fact is that not receiving exploits means that it’s harder to learn and improve,” Google explained in a blog post. “To maximize our chances of receiving exploits this year, we’ve upped the ante.”

Google isn’t just rewarding hacks in Chrome. The company will pay $20,000 for a hack exposed in Windows, Flash, device drivers, or for general bugs that could fell any browser. It will pony up $40,000 for a partial Chrome exploit and it will pay $60,000, up to the million dollar limit, for full Chrome exploits and bugs that only exist in Chrome.

It’s not a winner-takes-all competition. The prize money will be spread out across various competitors, up to $1 million. Google will also give the winners Chromebooks. Successful hackers will be required by Google to deliver full reports of their exploits.

Source: Digg

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