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Mozilla persuades Firefox 3.6 users to dump old browser

Mozilla's upgrade call last month pushed more Firefox 3.6 users to grab a newer edition than any month since June 2011, Web metrics company Net Applications says.

Apple iOS, Google Android new device activations skyrocket

Activations of new iOS and Android devices soared on Christmas Day, jumping by 142% over the same day last year, a Web metrics company said.

Mozilla updates Firefox to 9.0.1, fixes add-on crashes

A day after Mozilla shipped Firefox 9, the company quickly released an update to fix a bug that was causing the browser to crash on Mac, Linux and Windows systems.

Mozilla launches Firefox 9, speeds up JavaScript

Mozilla says Firefox 9 -- which debuted Tuesday -- processes JavaScript up to 36 percent faster than its predecessor. Mozilla also tweaked Firefox's Interface on Mac OS X 10.7 to support Lion's two-fingered swipe gesture for navigating backward and forward through already-viewed pages or sites.

Mozilla, Google seal new Firefox search deal

Mozilla and Google struck a new search deal that will provide "significant revenue" to the maker of Firefox.

Microsoft releases OneNote app for iPad

Microsoft today released an update to its OneNote application for iOS that it said has been tweaked for the iPad.

Mozilla ponders demise of Firefox for Leopard

Mozilla is mulling the end of Firefox support for Mac owners running Leopard, the Apple operating system released four years ago, developer discussions show.

Sotheby's to auction off Apple's founding contract

The 35-year-old contract that founded Apple will go under the gavel, where auctioneer Sotheby's predicts it will fetch as much as $150,000.

Apple revises "App Store" lawsuit against Amazon

Apple modified its lawsuit against Amazon this week, accusing the giant e-tailer of infringing its "App Store" trademark in new advertising for the Kindle Fire tablet.

Mozilla to implement background updates in Firefox 10

Mozilla is making progress on adding a silent update mechanism to Firefox, with plans to integrate the new service into Firefox 10 early next year.

Occupy Flash movement wants Adobe's plug-in dead

A small group of website and mobile app developers have kicked off an "Occupy Flash" campaign to put a stake in the heart of Adobe's popular browser plug-in.

Facebook users hit by nasty porn storm

Facebook users have been bombarded with explicit and violent images in the latest malware campaign aimed at the giant social networking site, a security researcher says.

Adobe will keep patching Flash on mobile devices for now

Adobe has promised to support the soon-to-be-orphaned Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers, but has not said how long it will continue to patch security bugs in the software.

Mozilla ships Firefox 8

Mozilla has released Firefox 8, adding Twitter search to the browser and patching eight vulnerabilities.

Analysts: Fire, Nook don't threaten iPad

Monday's introduction of another low-priced rival to the iPad won't keep anyone at Apple up at nights, analysts say.