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Microsoft faces up to $7.4bn fine in EU browser punishment

Microsoft faces up to $7.4bn fine in EU browser punishment

Microsoft is facing the unpleasant end of the European Commission antitrust blunderbuss, with the company now in line for a potentially huge fine over browser choice missteps. The EC confirmed it was investigating the software firm back in July, after an agreed-upon browser choice page failed to be shown to 28m PC users; now, Reuters reports, the EC will open a formal proceeding that will decide the extent of the penalty.

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Amazon delivers update for Silk browser, adds ‘Trending Now’ feature

Amazon delivers update for Silk browser, adds ‘Trending Now’ feature

It's been an exciting couple of days for Amazon. Yesterday, the company announced a slew of new devices, ranging from the Kindle Paperwhite to the Kindle Fire HD (in all of its various forms), along with refreshes of the original Kindle and Kindle Fire. Today, Amazon has released a new update for its Silk browser in anticipation of the launch of the Kindle Fire HD, and it adds quite a few improvements over the Silk that most people are familiar with.

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Maxthon browser for Kindle Fire gets updated

Maxthon browser for Kindle Fire gets updated

If you own one of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, and don't care for the default web browser you may be looking for some alternatives. I can tell you from experience that the web browser that ships on the Fire isn't the best. Maxthon has announced that it has updated its browser for the Kindle Fire with new features.

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Safari 6 now available for download

Safari 6 now available for download

Along with Mountain Lion, Apple has begun to roll out updates for several of its core Mac OS X apps, including Safari 6. The updated browser will be available for Lion as well as Mountain Lion, and features several new features over its predecessor, including Smart Search Field, Offline Reading List, Do Not Track, a password pane, and support for Baidu, a Chinese search engine. Some features, however, will only be available on Mountain Lion.

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European Commission investigating Windows 8 browser options

European Commission investigating Windows 8 browser options

Microsoft found itself in a tough spot this week as the European Commission announced that it would investigate the lack of a browser choice screen on PCs Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Microsoft responded by saying that a technical glitch prevented PCs from seeing the option screen, and offered to extend the compliance period. The company may still face sanctions, and now the European Commission has set its sights on Windows 8 for a similar issue.

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Microsoft: 28m PCs affected by browser choice blunder

Microsoft: 28m PCs affected by browser choice blunder

Microsoft has revealed that 28 million PCs were impacted by its legally-mandated browser choice blunder, blaming engineer error for not presenting Windows 7 users with a choice of web options. The European Commission has reopened its investigation into antitrust behaviors around browser bundling in Windows, after reports that many users weren't getting prompted to pick from a range of apps as Microsoft had promised; in a statement, Microsoft says the bungle was accidental rather than a malicious and deliberate attempt to squash the competition.

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