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EFF talks Silk browser privacy with Amazon

EFF talks Silk browser privacy with Amazon

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced that it has talked openly with Amazon about privacy with the new Silk browser that will ship on the Kindle Fire tablet that was announced not long ago. The EFF wanted to find out since the browser on the Fire was new to the market how it was handling privacy. One key element of the browser that is different from most browsers on the market today is that rather than using the HTTP protocol, Silk will use the Amazon cloud servers and the SPDY protocol as well.

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Amazon Silk browser could hit PC, Mac and mobile

Amazon Silk browser could hit PC, Mac and mobile

Amazon may well be planning a version of its Silk browser for PC, Mac and mobile platforms, rather than just the Kindle Fire tablet announced yesterday, if domain name registrations are anything to go by. The retailer has gone on a URL spree, buying over 500 domains, but it's registrations for "amazonsilkforandroid.com", "amazonsilkformac.com" and "amazonsilkforpc.com" that have particularly caught attention. Silk uses a combination of caching and on-the-fly server-side compression to boost browsing speed on the Kindle Fire.

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Amazon Silk browser revealed

Amazon Silk browser revealed

Amazon has launched its own browser, Amazon Silk, designed to offer an accelerated internet experience on the Amazon Kindle Fire. Split between the Kindle Fire itself and Amazon's own EC2 servers, Silk promises accelerated browsing using a combination of caching, compressing and other technologies, funneling the latest stored version of common files straight to your device.

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Windows 8 focus on HTML5 not “legacy” Flash

Windows 8 focus on HTML5 not “legacy” Flash

Microsoft has followed in Apple's footsteps and distanced itself from Flash, putting its energies into HTML5 in Windows 8. The Windows 8 Metro IE10 browser - accessed through the touch-friendly interface - is designed to be plugin free, the Windows engineering team suggests, relying mostly on HTML5. "Providing compatibility with legacy plug-in technologies" the team argues, "would detract from, rather than improve, the consumer experience of browsing in the Metro style UI."

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Firefox 6.0 hits download tomorrow

Firefox 6.0 hits download tomorrow

After some early reports this morning that Firefox 6.0 would be shipping today, it has surfaced that the new browser will not ship today. Mozilla lists Firefox 6.0 as being released for download tomorrow. It’s interesting to see the new version ready to launch tomorrow when it's only been a couple months since Firefox 5.0 launched.

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Chrome Web Intents borrows Android app handling to beat local software

Chrome Web Intents borrows Android app handling to beat local software

Google is looking to borrow some of Android's browser app integration with the development of Web Intents for Chrome. Intended to connect web apps to the browser and allow online services to integrate in a more streamlined fashion, the Chromium team at Google is working with Mozilla on a standardized API that could end up making web-based software behave more like standalone apps.

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Internet Explorer IQ research a hoax

Internet Explorer IQ research a hoax

A report which suggested Internet Explorer users had a lower IQ than those relying on other browsers has been shown to be bogus, using a freshly set-up site and staff images copied from another company. The data, which faux-firm ApTiquant claimed had been gathered from 100,000 web users and included IQ testing and software surveys, has in fact apparently been fabricated, the BBC reports.

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Chrome is now the second most popular browser in Britain

Chrome is now the second most popular browser in Britain

Google is doing well with its Chrome browser in Britain. The browser has apparently racked up a bunch of users in Britain. The browser grabbed up about 22% of all web surfers in the UK and was able to squeeze by Firefox to grab the number two spot in browsers in the UK. As in many areas, Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser in Britain, but IE is losing ground to other browsers like Chrome.

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