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Firefox 4 Finally Lands, Ready to Challenge Chrome and IE

Firefox 4 hit beta all the way back in July of 2010. After a series of delays (which largely appear to have arisen from playing catch-up with the quickly evolving Chrome), the latest version of the pioneering, open-source browser is finally here. It's faster and sleeker than previous versions, and features the incredible Panorama tab-organizer. Download it now for free....

Pixelfari Renders the Web in Glorious 8-Bit

Years of browser innovation have given us extremely powerful and capable apps, but a new Mac browser from Panic's Neven Mrgan has us more excited than any Chrome extension or flashy HTML5 demo. The free, Mac-only Pixelfari converts the Web to 8-bits of beautiful, pixelated glory. Sure, it crashed twice in our testing, but the blocky browser renders everything -- text and graphics -- as if you w...

Google, Mozilla Adding New 'Do Not Track' Features to Browsers

Yesterday, both Mozilla and Google introduced new browser features capable of preventing third-party advertisers from tracking Firefox and Chrome users, respectively. And, while both services aim to give users greater control over their online information, they operate in noticeably different ways. Mozilla's new system alerts third-party advertisers and companies whenever a Firefox user doesn't...

IE Bug Gives Hackers Control Over Your PC, Microsoft Offers Band-Aid

Microsoft has discovered a new vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser that could allow hackers to take control over unprotected PCs. The new bug, which was discovered in all versions of the browser, exposes Explorer's memory management system. If exploited, the vulnerability could allow hackers and cybercriminals to inject their own malicious code into a given computer and seize control of...

IE9's 'Tracking Protection' Lets Users Block Third-Party Sites From Tracking Them

Share The next version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer will come with a new feature that allows users to block third-party companies from tracking their online behavior. The new tool, called Tracking Protection, will be included in Internet Explorer 9, which will be released next year. Users will be able to create their own lists of targeted sites. The browser will then automatically block these...

YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a bug that many sites are using to track the browsing behavior of their visitors. The flaw was found on some 485 websites, including YouPorn, Perez Hilton and Wired, and reportedly reveals all of the other sites that each user has previously visited. Of the 485 sites affected by the bug, 63 were found to be copying the data, wh...

Murdoch Tries to Keep Google Out of Times Office, Fails

Rupert Murdoch really wanted his new Sunday Times office to be Google-free. So, he decided to set all of his employees' homepages to Bing (Microsoft's chess champ to Google's high school quarterback), which, coincidentally enough, has received plenty of support from the media mogul. It wasn't long, though, before his underlings staged a peaceful revolution. "None of us knows how to use [Bing]," on...

Firefox F1 Toolbar Button Allows Quick Sharing via E-Mail, Twitter, Facebook

With the fourth version of Firefox on its way, Mozilla has just offered a teaser: the F1 service. A simple add-on button in the upper right-hand corner of Firefox is now allowing users to quickly share webpages via any number of social networking and e-mail platforms. If you're interested, you can begin installing the extension by clicking here (it works on versions 3.6 and above)....

Protect Your Facebook Account From Firesheep With BlackSheep Firefox Extension

When Eric Butler unleashed his Firesheep extension for Firefox, he reminded us all of how scarily vulnerable we are when surfing on public networks. The extension, which is available for both Mac and PC, essentially allows users to access the Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts of any other computer on an open Wi-Fi network. Now, however, a "cloud security" firm called Zscaler has just released a...

RockMelt, the Facebook-Fed Browser, Hits the Web

A new (and bizarrely named) browser called 'RockMelt' was finally released yesterday, after over a year's worth of rumor and speculation. Created by Eric Vishria and Tim Howes (and backed by Netscape developer Marc Andreessen), RockMelt had been widely heralded as a "Facebook browser" -- and, in many ways, it is. To access the tool, users must first log into their Facebook accounts through the...

'Unfriend Finder' Tells You Who Ditched You on Facebook

It's one of the most perplexing moments known to 21st-century society: the instant you realize that someone, for whatever reason, has decided to unfriend you on Facebook. Yesterday, your friend-count was 623. Today, it's a piddly 622. Your heart stops. You begin maniacally scanning your Friends list for the hole your departed acquaintance left, while simultaneously wondering what on Earth you ...

Internet Explorer Holds Less Than Half of Web Traffic, Chrome Use Triples

While Firefox is holding steady with a roughly 30-percent market share, Internet Explorer is continuing to drop. For the first time, the Microsoft browser is accounting for less than 50-percent of Internet traffic (although just barely at 49.87-percent). The continued erosion is primarily thanks to Chrome, which has tripled its market share to 11.54-percent. IE9 certainly has its work cut out for...

TRASIR Reveals How Much of Our Personal Data Websites Can Gather

If you've ever wondered exactly how much information a single website can gather from your computer, a site called TRASIR can tell you everything you need to know in black-and-white starkness. Once you open the page, the site will automatically display your IP address (which reveals your geographic location), the name of your browser, your computer's language and even your screen resolution. Ther...

Has the Browser Interface Always Been the Same? We Think Not.

Niraj Chokshi over at The Atlantic wrote that, despite Google's waxing nostalgic upon the changes to its Chrome browser over the past two years, the way we surf the Web hasn't really changed since the days of Mosaic. We smell a challenge! We suggest that Chokshi take a look at pioneering 'net artist Olia Lialina's essay 'Prof. Dr. Style' -- required reading for new media artists and Web geeks. ...

Wired Declares 'The Web Is Dead,' Apps and Mobile Devices to Blame

Wired Magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, like Prince, thinks the Web is dead. Unlike Prince, though, Anderson actually has some facts to back up his claim. In the cover story of the September issue of Wired, both Anderson and Michael Wolff use Internet traffic trends to support the argument that smartphone apps and e-readers have gradually begun to overtake the Web browser as our primary ...