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  • Opera jumps on tracking blocker bandwagon

    Details about the ad-tracking mechanism were surprisingly sparse. Unlike Mozilla, which has repeatedly detailed its efforts to curtail tracking, Opera did not describe what kinds of trackers - there are many - it would block.

  • Microsoft is battling yet another faulty update for Windows 10

    The next day, a recent patch (KB4524147) was reissued after causing its own unique brand of borkage, which was the cause of anguish in just about everywhere you can possibly imagine.

    To make it worse, the patch that was supposed to fix printer spooling issues, basically, didn't, and yet managed to bring the problem to a wider audience of users previously unaffected.

    Meanwhile, if that's not enough to boil the blood, the problems with the Start Menu, first encountered after the widely reported CPU/Cortana bug are back, with users now finding themselves getting "critical error" messages that can only be fixed by a reboot.

  • Adobe to deactivate accounts for all Venezuelan users due to US sanctions
  • Adobe is cutting off users in Venezuela due to US sanctions

    In the document, Adobe explains: “The U.S. Government issued Executive Order 13884, the practical effect of which is to prohibit almost all transactions and services between U.S. companies, entities, and individuals in Venezuela. To remain compliant with this order, Adobe is deactivating all accounts in Venezuela.”

    Users will have until October 28th to download any content stored in their accounts, and will lose access the next day. To make matters worse, customers won’t be able to receive refunds for any purchases or outstanding subscriptions, as Adobe says that the executive order calls for “the cessation of all activity with the entities including no sales, service, support, refunds, credits, etc.”

  • Adobe shuts down Photoshop in Venezuela

    Adobe has moved to a subscription-only model for the latest versions of its products meaning users will not be able to buy standalone versions.

  • Adobe Will Cancel All Subscriptions in Venezuela to Comply With U.S. Sanctions

    Users will not get any refunds, according to a notice published to Adobe’s website, and the tech giant says that the sanctions won’t allow it to issue refunds even if they wanted to.

    “We are unable to issue refunds,” Adobe says on its site. “Executive order 13884, orders the cessation of all activity with the entities including no sales, service, support, refunds, credits, etc.”

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