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Firefox 3.0 Released, Sets Download Record

Firefox 3.0 Released, Sets Download RecordA few weeks back, developers of the Web browser Firefox announced that when the eagerly anticipated 3.0 version of their software was released, they wanted to break the Guinness World Record for most downloads in a 24-hour period. The only problem was they didn't say when that day would be. As it turns out, the clock started ticking yesterday at 2pm, and they've already eclipsed the 5 million mark they set out to achieve.

As of this morning, downloads currently stand at 6,250,796 worldwide, a third of those coming from the U.S. This is despite a number of problems that plagued the Firefox download sites yesterday, as they struggled to handle the demand from all those would-be record breakers. But, they made it, and so far, initial reports are very positive for this new release. Browsing is noticeably faster than with the last version, stability seems to have been improved, and the graphical refresh the menus and buttons have received gives everything a nice, clean appearance.

We'll have a full review of the release later, but if you still want to be a part of history you have until 2pm E.S.T. today to fire up your (older) browsers to start the downloadin'. [Source: Mashable]

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