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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....

Your Guide to Private Browsing

InPrivate, Incognito, Private Browsing -- whatever they want to brand it -- all modern browsers offer a special mode designed to keep what you do online a secret from prying eyes. Despite different names and origins at different companies, they all work in basically similar ways: A new browser session is created that operates separately from your existing one, with its own history and cookies...

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...

Mozilla Adopts Red Pandas, Broadcasts Their Adorable Antics on Webcam

Share Mozilla may have struck marketing gold by recently adopting a pair of red pandas. The adorable raccoon-like creatures (also known as fire foxes in Chinese) were adopted from the Knoxville Zoo and are now the central characters in a campaign to raise awareness about their vulnerable status in the ecosystem. As an added bonus, Mozilla picks up some good PR and publicity for its Firefox...

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)....

Mozilla Gives 12-Year-Old $3000 for Discovering Major Firefox Security Flaw

Today's 12-year-olds don't just know more than we do -- they're also a lot richer than we are. Case in point: seventh grader Alex Miller, from San Jose. Alex, you see, recently discovered a critical security flaw in the latest versions of Firefox -- something to do with an overflow bug in 'document.write.' That may sound like Chinese to most of the human population (minus the Chinese), but it...

The Week in Design: Coveting a Pico-Projecting Phone and a Folding Plastic Bike

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never move from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over their creations, nevertheless. This...

Flowlab's 14-Wheel Skateboard, Organize Firefox With 'Tab Candy'

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Though the Flowlab skateboard's arced, 14-wheel design makes us think of broken ankles and nasty road rash, the novel board will give you concrete-carving skills far...

Firefox 4 Beta Gets Speed Boost and Crash Protection

Yesterday, Mozilla finally took Firefox to the 4.0 level with the release of its Firefox 4 Beta 1 browser. As Mozilla explains on its blog, the revamped version features a new add-on manager, hardware-accelerated HD video capabilities, tighter privacy options and stronger crash protection in order to provide what it calls "uninterrupted browsing" capabilities. (If a window or tab freezes, the...

IBM Tells Employees 'Switch to Firefox'

Firefox commands enough market share to make it the world's second most popular browser, but Internet Explorer has always kept a significant lead thanks to its presence in the enterprise market. Microsoft is very good at making things easy for large businesses, and Mozilla showed little interest in approaching that market until 2007. But Mozilla's efforts to improve deploying and managing Firefox...

Link Goes Righty After Decades as a Southpaw, Original 'Pac-Man' Sketches

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The Big N slipped this one by us at E3: Link has turned his back on decades of left-hand sword wielding, and will be a right-hand slasher in 'The Legend of Zelda:...

Firefox Home iPhone App Syncs With Desktop Browser

According to a post on The Mozilla Blog, the company will soon release an iPhone application that syncs with its full-fledged desktop browser, meaning that users will be able to access their browsing history, bookmarks and tabs while on-the-go. Along with those features, there's something called an "Awesome Bar." As far as we can tell, it's a search feature that predicts sites you might like, as...

Mozilla Teases a Faster, Simpler Firefox 4 (And We Like It)

Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox over at Mozilla, has given the world a glimpse of what to expect in Firefox 4, which the company hopes to ship by the end of this year. Most obviously, the next version of the most customizable browser on Earth is targeting speed improvements. In most measurements of raw speed, Chrome, Opera and Safari have all surpassed Firefox, and the upcoming Internet...

Mozilla Debuts Fennec Mobile Browser, Google Gobbles Up Game Developer

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Mozilla's Vladimir Vukicevic is providing an early "pre-alpha" glimpse into the company's browser platform for Android devices. Vukicevic assured Android owners that his group is making "great progress," but has so far only tested the tech on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One. For access to the test software, check out his blog...

Apple Sells 300K iPads, Follow Discovery's ISS Mission on Twitter

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple has released the initial iPad sales numbers, and -- while certainly impressive -- the stats still fall short of some of the early and exaggerated expectations. According to the company, consumers purchased 300,000 iPads on Saturday, downloaded over 1 million apps, and checked out over 250,000 iBooks from the brand new...