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Firefox 4 Hits 9 Million Downloads a Day After Release Firefox 4 Hits 9 Million Downloads a Day After Release

A Day after Mozilla released Firefox 4 for download, the browser has been downloaded over 9 million times. Most downloads seem to be coming from North America and Europe. As a matter of fact, at the time of this writing, …

Chrome Beta Gets Voice Input, GPU-Accelerated 3D CSS Chrome Beta Gets Voice Input, GPU-Accelerated 3D CSS
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Google announced some updates to the Chrome beta channel, and the arrival of Chrome 11.0.696.16 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. New to Chrome 11 are: an HTML5 speech input API, GPU-accelerated 3D CSS, and of course the new Chrome …

Browser War to Heat up with New Products from Opera
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With big news from Google Chrome and Firefox, the browser war has been anything but quiet lately. Norwegian browser Opera has also positioned its place in the war with several recent announcements. At SXSW, WebProNews caught up with Charles McCathieNevile, Opera’s Chief Standards Officer, to talk about the company’s recent efforts.

Google Launches API for Chrome Omnibox
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Google announced the launch of a new omnibox API for Chrome. This means developers will be able to do new cool things with the omnibox (the address bar in Chrome, which also serves as a search box). 

Chrome Address Bar Could Be Eliminated in Future Release
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Would you use a web browser that didn’t have an address bar? A report from ConceivablyTech.com points out that Google is working on new user interface layouts for Chrome, and one of these would eliminate the address bar. 

The publication’s Wolfgang Gruener quotes Google’s Jeff Chang as telling developers, "There are a number of UI / frontend efforts under way." Gruener reports:

MWC11: IE9 Coming to Windows Phones This Year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced several new features for Windows Phone today in a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. One feature is a "dramatically enhanced" version of Internet Explorer 9, which will become available for the mobile operating system in the second half of this year. 

The Hurdles of “Do Not Track”

This week saw announcements from both  Mozilla and Google about browser mechanisms related to online behavioral targeting. Mozilla announced the ‘do not track’ mechanism and Google announced a "Keep My Opt-Outs" Chrome Extension.

Google Launches Keep My Opt-Outs Chrome Extension
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Google has launched a new extension for its Chrome browser, called Keep My Opt-Outs. It is essentially a Do Not Track mechanism that lets users opt out from receiving personalized advertisements as they browse the web. 

Mozilla Introduces “Do Not Track”, Hopes to Make It Industry Standard
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Mozilla has proposed a "do not track" browser feature, which would allow Firefox users to opt out of any third-party ad-based tracking. Such a feature would work by transmitting a Do Not Track HTTP header with each click or page view in the browser.

Alex Fowler the Global Privacy and Public Policy Leader at Mozilla, writes on his personal blog

Latest Firefox Beta Available for Testing

Mozilla announced today that the next major version of Firefox is ready for testing. That would be Firefox 4 beta, and Mozilla says it includes faster start-up time and bookmarking, and that it caters to smoother complex animations. 

Google Drops Support of Popular Video Codec from Chrome [Update]
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Update: Google has a new post up talking about the move more, and answering some frequently asked questions. 

Chrome Beta Gets Google Instant, WebGL 3D Tech (And More)

Google recently held a Chrome event in which it showed off some new things they are doing with their popular web browser (not to mention the opening of the Chrome Web Store and the introduction of Chrome OS). 

Google Instant Coming to Chrome

At a special event for Chrome today, Google announced that its browser is up to 120 million users, representing 300% growth since January of this year. 

Chrome Experiences 300% Growth This Year

Speed: Recommended for Content, Conversions and Holiday Traffic
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It’s become clear that site speed and performance have become increasingly important on the web, particularly with Google. The company has made a plethora of announcements over the past year or two directly related to making the web faster in general. Most recently, for example, Google announced mod_pagespeed, a tool for webmasters to use to automatically optimize their sties. "It’s like Page Speed, but makes the changes automatically," Google told WebProNews.

Is This the Web Browser Experience People Want?
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Today, nearly everybody in the tech community is talking about a new web browser called RockMelt, just introduced over the weekend. The browser promises to make it "easy for you to do the things you do every single day on the web."

This means sharing, keeping up with friends, staying up to date on news and information, and of course search. The browser is built on Chromium, the open source project behind Google’s Chrome.

Chrome Gets a New Stable Version (No Instant Yet)
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Google, in keeping with its strategy of releasing a new stable version of its Chrome browser every six weeks, has released a new one today. 

Google Instant from the Browser
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Upon the announcement of Google Instant, the company said that they would be rolling out the feature to mobile and browsers (search boxes and Chrome Omnibox) in the next few months. We asked Google how it would work with the browser, and they told us, "It’s premature for us to get into details about future implementations."

Smartphone Users Now Account for Most Mobile Browser and App Users
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New data from comScore indicates that smartphone users now make up the majority of mobile browser and app users, at least in the United States. 

The firm finds that the number of Smartphone users accessing mobile content through browsers and apps now surpasses that of non-smartphone users, claiming that in the 3 month average ending in August, Smartphone subscribers made up 60% of those who used a downloaded app and 55% of those who used a browser. 

Google Instant in the Browser Means Google Results ALL the Time
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When Google launched Google Instant last week, the company said it would come to mobile and the browser (search boxes and the Chrome Omni box) within the next few months. WebProNews asked Google about how the feature would translate to the browser.

WordPress Reveals IE9 Pinning Features

Internet Explorer 9 (beta) was launched to the public this week, and it’s gotten a lot of buzz and high marks. It’s also gotten a lot of web properties doing things to utilize its features. Microsoft’s own Bing features are certainly interesting. 

IE9 Now Available for Download
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Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. It’s already getting some pretty positive buzz, particularly for an Internet Explorer release.

Ed Bott at ZDNet calls it "the most ambitious browser release Microsoft has ever undertaken". Pretty strong words. 

The download even has its own special domain at BeautyoftheWeb.com