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Firefox Updates to 3.0.7

Firefox Updates to 3.0.7

...and fixes bugs and improves security FTW. Nothing too sexy to report, but Firefox updated tonight to version 3.0.7. Head on over to the release notes for more of the specifics, but basically you'll get several behind the scenes security and stability fixes as a part of a big old list of bugs that were smashed. If Firefox didn't already take [...]

Unblocking Adblock

Unblocking Adblock

If you’re using Firefox with the Adblock Plus extension installed what would you think of a site that implemented a site-wide script that unblocks ads which were blocked by Adblock Plus? See, a while ago, when the whole Firefox is blocked debacle was raging, I made some hand-waving statement about how easy it would be to circumvent [...]

Firefox Speed Tweaks

Firefox Speed Tweaks

To get started, open your Firefox web browser. In the address/location bar type about:config and then press your Enter key. Tweak #1: In the Filter bar type network.http.pipelining Then, double-click on this line under Preference Name in order to change the value from false to true. Tweak #2: In the Filter bar type [...]

Fennec hits Alpha 2 with speed improvements

Fennec hits Alpha 2 with speed improvements

Mozilla's Firefox-like browser for mobile devices, Fennec is out with a second alpha release you can try on your desktop. This alpha mostly improves upon the speed, smoothness, and usability of Fennec's existing features, but the newest thing to try out are two recommended extensions that can be installed. URL Fixer attempts to auto-fix common [...]

Firefox users targeted by rare piece of malware

Firefox users targeted by rare piece of malware

This is not unthinkable. There have been arbitrary-code vulnerabilities in the recent past. Ugh... Researchers at BitDefender have discovered a new type of malicious software that collects passwords for banking sites but targets only Firefox users. The malware, which BitDefender dubbed Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A sits in Firefox's add-ons [...]

Firefox Pirates Take Over Amazon… Kinda

Firefox Pirates Take Over Amazon… Kinda

Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, is under attack by online pirates. An add-on for the Firefox browser called ‘Pirates of the Amazon’ makes it possible to shop at the Amazon store but leave without paying a dime. Instead, on Amazon product pages the add-on integrates links to "free" copies on The Pirate Bay. The timing of [...]

Firefox reaches 20% market share for the first time ever

Firefox reaches 20% market share for the first time ever

Firefox '08! The good folks at Mozilla are trumpeting a new report by global analytics service Net Applications that documented a 20% global market share for two out of four weeks in October. It's a new high bar of popularity for the 2nd most popular browser in the world. Firefox is safe, standards compliant, extensible...and not made by [...]

Mozilla SSL policy bad for the Web

Mozilla SSL policy bad for the Web

Mozilla Firefox 3 limits usable encrypted (SSL) web sites to those who are willing to pay money to one of their approved digital certificate vendors. This policy is bad for the web. Not only does it make users less secure overall by reducing the number of encrypted connections, it damages the basic principle of equality among web [...]

FireFox 3.1 Leaves IE in the Dust

FireFox 3.1 Leaves IE in the Dust

Granted, FireFox 3.1 is just a beta and IE 8 is also in beta, but it looks like Microsoft has some ground to make up when it comes to browser performance. Given that Mozilla appears to be on a much faster cycle than Microsoft with this stuff, it's also possible that it could increase the gap even more before IE 8 is GA, no? Fans of Firefox get [...]

Firefox 3.1 raises the browser bar… again

Firefox 3.1 raises the browser bar… again

Competition is a good thing, and the way that Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome have re-invigorated browser development will mean good a better web experience all round. Let’s be honest, Internet Explorer never really offered Firefox much of a challenge. Internet Explorer has only really managed to remain relevant [...]

Mozilla to remove Firefox EULA

Mozilla to remove Firefox EULA

Ubuntu users who couldn’t stand the idea of a EULA (End User License Agreement) for the popular Firefox Web browser are going to get their way. The Mozilla Foundation’s chairperson, Mitchell Baker, has agreed to entirely remove the Firefox EULA. In her blog, Baker wrote, “We’ve come to understand that anything [...]

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth responds to 208 comments about the Firefox 3 EULA

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth responds to 208 comments about the Firefox 3 EULA

WTF? Mozilla doesn't need an EULA to protect their trademarks. Aside from the dubious legal position of EULAs, trademarks are protected without the need of licenses or contracts, if you register it, (TM) it, and take steps to stop (actual, current) violators. If their position is that they are protecting specific art (vs. the generic trademarks), [...]

Battle Brews Over Firefox In Ubuntu 8.10

Battle Brews Over Firefox In Ubuntu 8.10

Firefox, what's not to love about this open-source web browser? Well, a number of users following the development work on Ubuntu 8.10 (the Intrepid Ibex) are feeling rather outraged over Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2 and later. In the latest Ubuntu packages, Firefox requires an EULA (End-User License Agreement) be accepted the first time you launch the [...]

Et Tu, Mozilla? Firefox 3 To Get Privacy Mode

Et Tu, Mozilla? Firefox 3 To Get Privacy Mode

"Mozilla will respond to Google's Chrome and Microsoft's IE8 with its own private-browsing, or 'porn' mode in Firefox, according to notes posted on its Web site, and is on track to deliver one in 3.1, the version that will likely go beta next month." Specifically, the mode would: Discard all cookies acquired during the private [...]

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing. Mosaic was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) beginning in late 1992. NCSA released the browser in 1993, and officially discontinued [...]

HOWTO: Remove the Firefox 3 EULA

HOWTO: Remove the Firefox 3 EULA

I tried installing Firefox version 3.0 from the Linux tar file that they offer at firefox.com. I wanted to bring it up on my OLPC, as an alternative to the clumsy "Browse" program. I unpacked the tar file and ran "firefox/firefox". Eek!!! I was shocked when it filled the screen with a EULA (End User License Agreement) and refused to let me [...]

Firefox market share exceeds 20%, Internet Explorer dips below 70%

Firefox market share exceeds 20%, Internet Explorer dips below 70%

It has been six weeks since Firefox 3 has been released and if we believe market share numbers provided by an ongoing survey of NetApplications, then it appears that Mozilla has had a successful launch with market share gains, especially at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Examining NetApplications’ numbers, it is [...]

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.0.1

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.0.1 to address three vulnerabilities. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition. One of these vulnerabilities may also affect Thunderbird and SeaMonkey. Two of these vulnerabilities were previously fixed in Firefox 2.0.0.16 as [...]

Just A Reminder. Today is Firefox 3 Download Day.

Just A Reminder. Today is Firefox 3 Download Day.

When Are You at Risk? An independent study shows that, in 2006, IE users were vulnerable to online threats 78% of the time. Firefox users? Only 2%. Download Firefox 3.0 Download Stats Firefox Security Blog

Firefox 3 Release On Tuesday

Firefox 3 Release On Tuesday

The Mozilla Developer News blog is reporting Firefox 3 will be released on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, and you're invited to the party! From the website: 'After more than 34 months of active development, and with the contributions of thousands, we're proud to announce that we're ready. It is our expectation to ship Firefox 3 this upcoming Tuesday, [...]

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