Flush with cash, Mozilla pushes its mobile plans

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Mozilla may have lost out on some 9 million Firefox downloads as a result of Microsoft's failure to show users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 a court-mandated browser choice screen, but that doesn't appear to have done the organization any lasting harm.


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Firefox turns 8 and gets a key security boost

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Between Android and Firefox, this has been a big week for milestones in the world of free and open source software.

First, on Monday, we had Android's fifth birthday--accompanied by news that Google's Linux-based mobile operating platform attained a market share of 75 percent of smartphone shipments for the third quarter.

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Android turns 5 today, hits 75 percent of the smartphone market

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Given Android's ubiquity today, it's almost hard to believe that it has only been around a few years.

Sure enough, though, it was exactly five years ago Monday that the newly formed Open Handset Alliance announced the Linux-based mobile platform, and it's been nothing short of a wild ride ever since.

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Have a new software idea? FundaGeek wants to help fund it.

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It's one thing to have a good idea for a new piece of software, but raising the funds necessary to bring it to life is a whole separate challenge.


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Mozilla unveils the Firefox Marketplace and Facebook integration

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The release of Firefox 16 may not have been as tidy as Mozilla would have liked it to be thanks to the security flaw that was discovered soon afterwards, but apparently that didn't have much of an effect on uptake of the new browser.

That's according to research firm Chitika, which says that Mozilla's quick response--the software was patched and re-released less than 24 hours later as version 16.0.1--minimized any potential negative impact.

“It seems that Mozilla caught the issue before a large portion of their users had updated to the new version, limiting the number of individuals who were operating with security vulnerabilities,” explains a Friday Chitika Insights report. “Soon after the repair and re-release, adoption rates appeared generally unaffected, with three days of sharp increases in traffic share.”

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Firefox 16 arrives with a raft of critical fixes

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Shortly after Firefox regained its No. 2 position in the browser arena, Mozilla on Tuesday unleashed the next version of its popular open source browser complete with fixes for numerous critical vulnerabilities.

Holes associated with a full 14 security advisories were closed in the new Firefox 16, in fact, 11 of them rated “critical.”

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Chrome 23 beta pumps up video support

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It was just about a week ago that Google released version 22 of its Chrome browser, but on Tuesday the beta version of Chrome 23 made its debut, complete with a big boost in video support.

“In recent years, video has taken a central role on the web,” wrote Google software engineer Justin Uberti in a blog post announcing the news. “Developers are using the latest web technologies to make it easier for users to access, watch, and create video content. Today’s Chrome Beta update includes more tools for developers to take video engagement to the next level.”

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With 'track,' videos can now be enhanced with metadata such as a Google Map showing a biker’s route and a Google Street View from the biker’s location (Click image to enlarge.)
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