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Google Safe Browsing, New Feature

Google Safe Browsing, New Feature

Google Safe Browsing offers a service to just about everyone on the internet. They offer a blacklist that will help to keep you from stumbling onto malware unaware. Most of us have seen this screen pop up a time or two. Whenever there are rubes to phish, crackers will continue producing new sites to grab whatever information people are willing to provide. Google is working on a new feature that checks downloaded files against this same blacklist. It should offer slightly more protection for those users who need it.

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Mozilla’s Wall of Shame Shames the Shameful

Mozilla’s Wall of Shame Shames the Shameful

Behold, the Firefox Wall of Shame. Actually they're calling it the Slow Performing Add-ons… list, I suppose. Either way, the following add-ons are likely to NOT be happy with this situation. The reason Firefox has created this list is to essentially make the slowest functioning groups feel so terrible about themselves that they either amp up their developing to create a better experience - or of course, hang themselves in shame.

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Mozilla introduces Firefox 4 with new streamlined design

Mozilla introduces Firefox 4 with new streamlined design

Mozilla has released Firefox 4, and it's got a new streamlined designs with some pretty slick features. The new version of the popular open source browser is available for all Windows, OSX and Linux platforms in more than 80 languages. It will also be coming to Android smartphones in the near future. Let's take a look at some of the design changes and new features ...

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Firefox “Do Not Track” header detailed for online privacy

Firefox “Do Not Track” header detailed for online privacy

Mozilla's Global Privacy and Public Policy Leader, Alex Fowler, has detailed the upcoming Do Not Track functionality headed to Firefox. As Mozilla envisages it, the system "allows users to set a browser preference that will broadcast their desire to opt-out of third party, advertising-based tracking by transmitting a Do Not Track HTTP header with every click or page view in Firefox."

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Use Firefox? Time to Block that Skype Toolbar

Use Firefox? Time to Block that Skype Toolbar

Word from Mozilla is that one of the top crashers of Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13 (current version) is the Skype toolbar. This toolbar works with Firefox to detect phone numbers in webpages, turning them into clickable buttons. This extension is bundled with Skype and is clicked to be installed by default whenever someone downloads or updates Skype. Now Mozilla has found that over the past week this toolbar has been responsible for almost 40,000 crashes of Firefox. That's a lot.

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The Daily Slash: December 22 2010

The Daily Slash: December 22 2010

Check out the full review of the cutest little Android you'll ever meet, LG Optimus U. Witness a wild little lawsuit as Google wins the Android trademark. See as both the face and the rest of the body of the HTC Incredible HD (Verizon LTE phone) are revealed in an obvious puzzle piece leak. Witness the breaking of Skype for a few hours today, basically bringing the entire internet to its knees (or so says users of Skype.) Take a peek at the new HTC Media Link and the AUDEO PFE 022 + Mic Earbuds as we unbox and get our hands on both of them. Finally, Chris Davies columns to the tune of I won’t buy the Nexus S and The Late Adopter - both rather amazing bits of literature if I do say so myself. All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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IE9 5x more malware secure than Firefox say researchers

IE9 5x more malware secure than Firefox say researchers

Internet Explorer 9 has been praised for its malware-blocking abilities, with researchers NSS Labs finding [pdf link] the Microsoft browser was more than five times more likely to protect surfers from socially-engineered malware than Firefox 3.6. Looking solely at "a web page link that directly leads to a download that delivers a malicious payload whose content type would lead to execution, or more generally a website known to host malware links" - i.e. fake downloads as often seen on Facebook or Twitter - the research found IE9 capable of blocking 99-percent of the threats encountered.

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The Daily Slash: November 16 2010

The Daily Slash: November 16 2010

Today we reconfirm the idea that Google Voice for iPhone is a big deal - then argue about it! Apple told the world they'd be changed forever after today, then the Beatles are released on iTunes! We review and/or unbox the following items: SoundFreaq SFQ-01A, Google Voice for iPhone, Samsung Continuum, and Evan's epic week with the HTC HD7 continues with "Software!" Barnes and Noble's Nook Color officially goes on sale, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Web 2.0 2010 appearance video is up for multiple views - the Nexus S! Gingerbread! Sweetness! On the business end of things, Samsung Galaxy Tab's production may very well be cut in half due to poor demand, Panasonic is entering the Japanese Smartphone market in 2011, and 1 MILLION Optimus One smartphones have been sold in one month! Oh and the T-Mobile G2 was overclocked to 1.9Ghz like it was no big deal

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Firefox director says Apple is “looking to bypass the web”

Firefox director says Apple is “looking to bypass the web”

Is Apple "looking to bypass the web" with their new Mac App Store?  That's the charge levelled by Firefox director Mike Beltzner, who took to Twitter during Apple's keynote to ponder out loud "when Apple will stop shipping Safari."  It seems the subject of Beltzner's ire is the Cupertino company's attempt to package the internet into individual, neatly bounded apps, complete with some reasonably draconian guidelines over functionality and stability.

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