Adobe Updates Digital Edition, Stops Sharing User Info With the Internet

102270156_9df8e81154[1]Adobe rolled out a new update for their Digital Editions Epub app today, and I have good news, bad news, and okay news.

This is a relatively minor update to the month-old Epub app, and the good news is that it adds a full text search option as well as a new display window for search results. Continue reading

Adobe Responds to ALA on Spying Scandal With Fictitious and Misleading Statements

15210482706_9293f1e1a3[1]The American Library Association reported yesterday that Adobe has responded to the ALA's concerns about the recent revaluations of Adobe spying on users.

You can find the AlA's press release here, but the short version is that Adobe is still claiming that sending a user's reading logs in the clear met the standards of Adobe's privacy policy. Adobe also continues to pretend that they weren't also scanning user's libraries and uploading that info as well. Continue reading

Adobe Responds to Reports of Their Spying, Offers Half Truths and Misleading Statements

adobe-logoThey may be a day late and a dollar short, but Adobe has finally responded to yesterday's news that they were using the Digital Editions 4 app to spy on users.

Adobe hasn't addressed all of the evidence against them, but they did admit that they were gathering info from users. They won't admit to scraping my library, but they did admit to tracking a user's activities. Adobe claims that it was covered by the their privacy policy and by the TOS for the app:

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Adobe Digital Editions 3 Probably Safe From Adobe’s Spying, Experts Say

what are you looking atIt has been some 16 hours since I first broke the news that Adobe was spying on anyone who installed and ran Digital Editions 4, Adobe's latest and greatest ebook app, and while I still do not have a response from Adobe I do have some new information to share. Continue reading

Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

13844066275_2ea2f384e0[1]Adobe has just given us a graphic demonstration of how not to handle security and privacy issues.

A hacker acquaintance of mine has tipped me to a huge security and privacy violation on the part of Adobe. That anonymous acquaintance was examining Adobe's DRm for educational purposes when they noticed that Digital Editions 4, the newest version of Adobe's Epub app, seemed to be sending an awful lot of data to Adobe's servers. Continue reading

Google Partners with Adobe to Release Unified Font Family for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

multi-language-sample-v3[1]Yesterday Adobe and Google improved the reading experience of a quarter of the world's population.

The two tech companies have cooperated in the development of Noto Sans, a free font family which is designed to provide a richer and more beautiful reading experience for Japanese, Chinese (both traditional and simplified), and Korean across both apps and OSes. Continue reading

Google is Winning the Browser Wars

adobe-logoAdobe confirmed this morning something we had long suspected: Chrome is the most popular web browser.

According to Adobe's analytics service, Google Chrome now accounts for 32% of web browser sessions in the US. This includes both mobile and desktop, and it represents a 6% year-over-year growth. Internet Explorer came in second with a 31% share, while Apple’s Safari, thanks to its vast mobile presence, is the third most popular browser, with a 25% share. Continue reading

Adobe Creative Cloud Servers Back Online After 27 Hour Outage

Adobeadobe-logo has provided a graphic demonstration of the problems with relying on cloud services for core functions.

Starting late Wednesday night, and continuing well into Thursday, Adobe suffered from an unexpected server outage. Many users of the cloud-based FormsCentral, Photoshop Illustrator, TypeKit, and other Adobe tools were unable to log in and get work done. (This, in spite of previous claims by Adobe that users would be able to access the services for up to 3 months while offline.) Continue reading