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Chrome for Android won’t ever get Flash

Chrome for Android won’t ever get Flash

Chrome for Android may have set its sights on being the default browser on your Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, but you'll have to make do with no Flash Player support if you give in to the new beta's allure. Having announced that its Flash Player mobile plans were over back in NovemberAdobe has confirmed that Chrome for Android does indeed arrive too late for a plugin of its own. That's despite Android 4.0 already having Flash Player support in the native browser.

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Chrome Beta revealed for Android 4.0 ICS

Chrome Beta revealed for Android 4.0 ICS

Android has been working with a web browser without a name for quite a while now - it's actually called WebKit, but before now they've never had a name-brand browser out of the box: this is all about to change with Google's own Chrome browser, releasing today. Chrome is Google's desktop-based web browser and operating system (there's two Chromes, this one being a sort of mashup between the two) being used by millions of individuals around the world, this release being the Chrome team's first jump into the mobile world. This release is a pre-release sort of situation, as the Beta tag implies, and works for all Android devices with version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher installed upon them.

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StumbleUpon changes repeat Digg blunders of old

StumbleUpon changes repeat Digg blunders of old

There's some heavy changes going on out there in the world of content sharing, and StumbleUpon is feeling the sting of taking a gamble on keeping customers. What the content sharing site has done in its most recent update pushed sites to the background while it sticks its own menu bar in the foreground, this effectively taking away the element of freedom that StumbleUpon users had for so long been able to tout over similar sites. What StumbleUpon leaders had hoped to accomplish with this change is a click-retention ratio that would drive their own site into the record books - instead its cutting down their support from all sides.

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Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Mozilla has unleashed Firefox 10, the latest iteration of its popular open-source Web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. This update comes merely six weeks after Firefox 9 proving the company's commitment to its new "rapid release" program. Web developers should be particularly happy with this update as it brings a host of new built-in tools to make website creation easier.

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Microsoft says goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft says goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft today celebrated the demise of its decade-old Internet Explorer 6 web browser. According to the latest data from Net Applications, IE6 usage has officially dropped to below 1 percent in the US, following Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. Usage is also dropping near 1 percent in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal, and the Phillippines.

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Firefox Google deal renewed, 84% revenue loss avoided

Firefox Google deal renewed, 84% revenue loss avoided

Not that we ever though Google would really abandon its best buddy in the world Mozilla, but the news that Firefox would lose 84% of its revenue certainly came as a shock to us as it was reported earlier this month - it appears now though that this disaster for the big red panda was a false alarm, Google renewing their contract for a further three years. Kind of reminds you of Jurassic Park, doesn't it? Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Silicon Valley nonprofit software makers whose most famous product is the web browser itself are certainly high-fiving one another today as Google remains the default search engine for the browser.

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ICANN approves domain names of all varieties for 2012

ICANN approves domain names of all varieties for 2012

When the decision came down to approve the .XXX domain name this year for the web, there was madness and anarchy, clamoring to either get that perfect porn-related name for ones self or to block the enemy from doing so - this is now set to continue through 2012 and beyond as ICANN (the authorities on such things) have approved the expansion of generic top level domains, this allowing groups to create such gems as .coke, .derp, and .whatevertheywant. Companies will have to pay a healthy sum for such rights as these, dropping no less than $185,000 USD for the application process alone.

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Firefox 9 Beta available now

Firefox 9 Beta available now

The web browser with the cutest icon on the planet, no disputes necessary, has been released in a Beta version of its ninth iteration - Firefox 9 Beta is it's name, and new features and stability is its game. What you'll be getting here is first and foremost a brand new Type Inference, this significantly improving JavaScript performance and therefor your entire web-browsing experience across the board. You'll also get improved standard support for such gems as HTML5, MathML, and everyone's favorite: CSS, amongst a slew of additional features.

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SOPA and PROTECT IP rallied against by top-tier internet founders

SOPA and PROTECT IP rallied against by top-tier internet founders

When it comes to something so very important as the two proposed pieces of legislation PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), you'd be surprised how little the vast majority of the people voting on whether or not they are passed into law know what their actions may do to the internet and the greater world at large - thats why when "An open letter to Washington" came across our desk, it came as no surprise. What this letter contains is a very brief and to the point set of paragraphs and bullet points rallying against the two acts in question, signed at the bottom by a set of internet-based business heads that would make Al Gore shake in his shoes. Everyone from founders of eBay to Google to the Internet Archive are listed here, and we'd suggest that the recipients of this letter lend an open ear.

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