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Mozilla Launches Jetpack API

The developers at Mozilla Labs have introduced their new Application Programming Interface known as "Jetpack." Jetpack enables ordinary users who know basic web development languages, such as HTML, Javascript, and/or CSS, to write and distribute their own custom made Firefox add-ons using these languages.

Firefox Gaining Ground on IE in Europe
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The AT Internet Institute has shared some interesting findings regarding web browser use across Europe. To make a long story short, Firefox use is growing, and Internet Explorer use is shrinking.

IE still has the lead by a wide margin, but if this keeps up, who knows how long that will last. The AT Internet Institute measured traffic distribution registered on sites websites for 23 countries.

Google Rumored To Be Breaking Up With Firefox
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Google is obligated to support Mozilla’s Firefox browser through a search contract until 2011. But rumors suggest that may be the end of the Google-Firefox alliance.

People were relatively stunned when Google launched its own web browser, Chrome, and they wondered allowed what that would mean for Google’s relationship with the browser that quickly rose to the second most used browser in the world.

Firefox Vulnerability Leaves Computers Open To Attack

There has been a lot of talk recently about browsers and the maneuvering that is occurring in that spacefirefox-logo due to new releases and expiring agreements and more.

Google’s Chrome Untouchable At Security Conference
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For the longest time in hacker folklore Internet Explorer and Microsoft Windows were the key targets and most exploitable while Macintosh and Safari were virtually ignored. But times they are a-changin’, roles are reversing, and Google’s Chrome comes out as a dark horse.

Google Launches Toolbar 6 for IE

Google has introduced its new Toolbar 6 for Internet Explorer users.

Toolbar 6 features a Quick Search Box that allows users to search from the taskbar without launching a browser.

Google Toolbar Gets New Features
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Today Google announced a couple new features for the Google Toolbar in Firefox. The first one is the addition of a "new tab page."

This feature allows you to open different pages when you open a new tab, so you don’t just get the standard blank white page. Now you can bring up one of your favorite pages or one that you recently viewed. You can choose from up to 9 different thumbnails you have stored as well as recent bookmarks and recently closed tabs:

Live Search FireFox Add-On Gets Suggestions
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If you’re a Firefox user that is also a fan of Microsoft’s Live Search, you will be happy to know that the Live Search add-on for Firefox has brought autosuggestions to the browser.

I’m sure you’re familiar with search suggestions. All the major search engines have them. You start typing and it gives you a list of possible queries.

4 Helpful Firefox Add-Ons for AdSense Publishers
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Google has highlighted a few Firefox add-ons that could be of great use to AdSense publishers. These include:

Mozilla Collects User Data for Usability Testing
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Mozilla has a new project called Test Pilot, which it uses to test usability of its products. It collects data from users on a strictly voluntary basis, and shares that data with the public anonymously so others can use it too. In fact, the testing platform itself will be available to the public as well.

Firefox Pushes Google Away In Russia

Google may be used to seeing its market share climb, but it looks like the search giant is getting kicked down a rung or two in one country.  Mozilla has decided to make Yandex, and not Google, the default search provider in future Russian versions of Firefox.

Google, Mozilla Growing Apart
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Compared to a lot of businesses out there, Mozilla’s got nothing to worry about; a search partnership with Google has guaranteed it revenue through 2011.  But with Chrome becoming more and more of a threat to Firefox, it’s hard not to view the link between the parent companies as being a bit strained.

New Paid Links Service Sparks More Debate
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InLinksQuite a storm of debate has erupted over a new service called InLinks – essentially a paid text link service that allegedly makes it hard for Google (and other search engines) to detect them. And mouths of  Internet marketers begin to salivate.

Hotmail Team Getting Ready For Hotmail
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The Windows Hotmail Team has been responding to users feedback on the recent updates to Windows Live Hotmail.

The Hotmail Team says it has fixed problems surrounding using larger text size in the browser, viewing favorite contacts and accessing Hotmail from Firefox on Linux.

The next update to Hotmail is scheduled for mid-December and will focus on how scrolling works.

Firefox Hits New Market Share High
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Assuming we don’t get into a 2000-style miscount mess, a lot of people are going to spend tonight celebrating the results of the presidential election.  But (independent of their politics) Mozilla employees may not; they’ll likely be tuckered out due to already celebrating a big Firefox achievement in terms of market share.

Yahoo Offers Inquisitor Suggestion Tool for IE and Firefox
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Yahoo announced today that it is taking its popular Inquisitor plug-in from the Safari and offering it for Internet Explorer and Firefox as well. Inquisitor brings up suggestions when you type something into the search box, much like Yahoo’s own Search Assist or Google Suggest.

Google and Firefox Together Until 2011

Mozilla, the makers of Firefox internet browser (the only notable competitor to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer), has extended its deal with Google – meaning the search giant will continue to be the default search engine on all its Firefox installs until 2011.

Microsoft to Help Porn Viewers, Hurt Advertisers
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With the next version of Internet Explorer, Microsoft is addressing the growing demand of Internet users for more privacy features in their browsers. Mozilla has had the upper hand in this regard, with Firefox  giving users a convenient "clear private data" option, but Microsoft’s plans go even beyond anything Mozilla is doing yet.

Firefox Tougher On Expired SSL Certificates
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Firefox 3, which set a one-day record for downloads recently, has been reconfigured in a way that’s setting off alarms for webmasters who haven’t renewed their SSL certificates. As the US Army just learned, Firefox won’t bring up sites with self-assigned and/or expired certificates.

At least, not without some extensive hoop-jumping.

If you’re a merchant you should know that an SSL certificate encrypts data transmissions between two computers. Credit card information, for example, is protected during transmission between those two computers.

Firefox Market Share Shuffles Forward Again
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Firefox hit a new high point last month as it continues to enjoy a rise in popularity.  Although not yet at the nice, round number of 20 percent, the Web browser now has a market share of over 19 percent.

Firefox 3 Receives Early Vulnerability Report
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Only a few hours after Mozilla kicked off its Firefox Download Day, leading to over 8 million downloads in 24 hours, someone discovered and reported a critical security flaw in the browser.