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Clockwise 5: Passwords are like democracy

TV industry changes, the sharing economy jumps the shark, cameraphones versus cameras and phones, and Google's latest tablet offensive. With guests Jon Phillips and Armando Rodriguez and hosts Jason Snell and Dan Moren.

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Google Chrome policy exposes user passwords on purpose: Here's how to prevent it

Google's browser displays user passwords in plain text in its settings, and it isn't the only one.

The blink tag is finally dead, killed off by Firefox 23

Firefox 23 launched Tuesday, complete with a new "share" button and a number of useful security updates. But it also finally killed off the "blink" tag, an annoying staple of the Web's early days.

Firefox, Chrome strengthen in-browser debugging

Mozilla and Google have updated their browsers with features to help developers more effectively write and debug their websites.

Tor Project: Stop using Windows, disable JavaScript to protect your anonymity

The Tor Project is advising that people stop using Windows after the discovery of a startling vulnerability in Firefox that undermined the main advantages of the privacy-centered network.

Gesture controls (finally!) appear in Chrome's bleeding-edge Canary test build

The new finger-friendly features are rough, but they're coming.

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Browser privacy tools still lack bite, security analysts say

Browser vendors continue to implement privacy in a half-hearted way, with Internet Explorer's default use of cookie ‘do not track' technology being the best of a weak job, a new assessment by NSS Labs has argued.

Yahoo buys failed browser maker Rockmelt

Yahoo on Friday acquired Rockmelt, a company that tried to compete with Google, Microsoft and Mozilla in the cut-throat browser market, but failed.

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Microsoft puts out "HTTP 2.0" server to test the future of the Web

Microsoft has released its "Katana" server, an early prototype that shows off how Microsoft would implement the next-generation HTTP 2.0 standard.

7 browser tricks to get the most out of your Chromecast

Chromecast already offers a ton of value for its $35 price tag, but the Cast extension for the Chrome browser can help it do so much more.

Five bookmarks every computer user should have

You can save yourself some time and headaches by keeping these important links at the ready.

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Bitdefender Safepay offers secure browsing for online banking, shopping

Bitdefender has released a Windows application designed to help users secure sensitive Web-browsing sessions, especially when they shop or bank online. The application is called Safepay and a free version is available to home users.

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Add custom news and alerts to new tabs in Google Chrome

Slick add-on OneFeed turns the new-tab screen into a rich, personalized news reader and social-media manager.

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Microsoft releases developer edition of IE11 for Windows 7

In a bid to push developers on to Microsoft's most modern browser, Microsoft releases a developer version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7.

Unwrapped: A first look at Chrome's packaged apps

Offline? Sure. Local? Yes. Chrome packaged apps bring many gifts for users and developers. We explore them via UberConference, an early arrival in the Web Store.