As Mozilla turns 15, Firefox 20 debuts with new privacy features

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Late last year Mozilla revealed a new private-browsing feature that was in the works for an upcoming version of its Firefox browser, and that's just what appeared in Mozilla's Final Release channel on Tuesday.



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GNOME 3.8 delivers more privacy and a new 'classic' mode

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Linux fans may recall the GNOME project's announcement late last fall that it was planning to drop its "fallback" mode aimed at systems incapable of 3D rendering and to deliver a brand-new "classic" mode instead.

Sure enough, last week saw the launch of GNOME 3.8, and there among numerous major new features and enhancements was the promised GNOME Classic traditionally flavored desktop.

Classic mode delivers a GNOME 2-like experience (Click image to enlarge.)
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Bitcoin surges past $100, gains Expensify support

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Digital currency Bitcoin has had an exciting few years since its introduction back in 2009, complete with security problems, online heists, a perceived association with the drug trade, and a recent distributed denial-of-service attack.

At the same time, even as many remain mystified by how it works, the payment alternative has enjoyed rapidly growing acceptance among online businesses and, particularly in recent weeks, surging popularity and value.


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Chrome update polishes spell-check and fixes bugs

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Four weeks after the launch of Google's Chrome 26browser into beta, the final version debuted on Tuesday.

The most notable enhancements in Chrome 26 include a new spell-checking engine, as we saw when the beta version arrived, but also included are several other new features and a few key security fixes.

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Linux use in business jumps again, survey says

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The past two years have already seen significant jumps in corporate Linux usage, but now it looks like that trend is continuing into a third year.


To wit: While overall server revenue grew at just 3.1 percent and Windows server revenue increased just 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 year-over-year, Linux experienced 12.7 percent year-over-year growth for the same period. Unix, meanwhile, was down 24.1 percent.

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Linux group hits Microsoft with complaint over 'Secure Boot'

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It's long been clear that Linux users are more than a little unhappy with the “Secure Boot” technology implemented by default in Windows 8 hardware, but in Spain, one group has decided to do more than simply try to work around it.

Specifically, on Tuesday Linux group Hispalinux filed a 14-page complaint with the Madrid office of the European Commission, calling Secure Boot an “obstruction mechanism,” according to Reuters.

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Linux distro update: Ubuntu slashes support, Debian 7.0 draws near

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It wasn't all that long ago that Canonical extended the support period for Long Term Support (LTS) releases of its Ubuntu Linux from three years to five, but last week it made a move in the opposite direction for its non-LTS software.

Specifically, beginning with Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail,” which is due in April, Canonical will reduce the support period for interim versions of its popular Linux distribution  from 18 months to just nine.

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