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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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European Commission investigating Microsoft’s browser option commitment [UPDATE: Microsoft responds]

European Commission investigating Microsoft’s browser option commitment [UPDATE: Microsoft responds]

The European Commission probed Microsoft back in 2009 over Internet Explorer’s massive market share, concerned that it was stifling competition thanks to the browser being installed by default on Windows PCs. Microsoft suggested an option screen that would give customers an option between five different browsers, but it turns out that Microsoft may not have implemented the solution for millions of Europeans.

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Chrome search bug frustrates surfers [Update: Fixed!]

Chrome search bug frustrates surfers [Update: Fixed!]

Google's Chrome browser is the most popular in the world, so that's a lot of people potentially frustrated by a search bug that delivers nothing but blank results pages. The issue arises when users take advantage of the Chrome "Omnibox" address bar, which allows for either URLs or search terms to be entered interchangeably. Both PC and Mac users are finding that, at least some of the time, their searches come up entirely blank. Check out the workaround after the cut.

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Google admits MacBook Chrome crash bug

Google admits MacBook Chrome crash bug

Google has admitted that its Chrome browser is the cause of MacBook stability problems, with an incompatibility between the app and the integrated Intel graphics leading to crashes. "Work is proceeding to find and fix the root cause" a Google spokesperson told Gizmodo, though the company does splash a little of the blame onto Apple itself and the way OS X Lion is handling kernel issues.

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Chrome for iOS hits US App Store

Chrome for iOS hits US App Store

Chrome for iOS, announced at Google IO just a few hours ago, has already begun to hit the App Store, though there's a sting if you're expecting the full Google browser experience. The new browser is the latest iteration of Chrome, bringing features like tab sync to iPhone and iPad; however, it's not built on the speedy underlying engine of Chrome on other platforms, such as Android.

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Cirque du Soleil demos motion-tracking virtual acrobats in your browser

Cirque du Soleil demos motion-tracking virtual acrobats in your browser

First there was skydiving Google Glass; now Google IO has brought us Cirque du Soleil in the browser. The famous acrobatics company took the IO stage to show how they'd used web technologies to put motion-tracking dance and interaction into Chrome. The webcam of a Chromebook was used to follow the movements of the user, all rendered in smooth 3D; even more impressive, it all worked in the browser on a tablet, too.

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310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

The second keynote of Google I/O 2012 has kicked off, with the news that the Chrome browser is now up to 310 million active users, compared to 160m back at IO 2011. The browser has had a significant surge in adoption - Google counted 70m active users back in 2010 - and the search giant claims that by all the metrics it can find, Chrome is the most popular web browser globally.

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