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Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld.

Mozilla to prompt Firefox 3.6 users to ride rapid-release train

Mozilla will start a more aggressive campaign to convince users of the older Firefox 3.6 to upgrade to the newest edition, Firefox 7.

Publisher advances Jobs bio pub date to Oct. 24

Simon & Schuster has moved up the publication of the first authorized biography of Steve Jobs.

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Mozilla tries to add silent updating to Firefox 10

A year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year.

iPhone 4 trade-ins up in advance of Apple announcement

iPhone 4 trade-in business has been very brisk at companies that buy older smartphones, an early indication of how Apple's next model will sell.

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Microsoft's botnet take-down helps protect Mac users

Mac users can thank Microsoft for taking down the small-but-dangerous Kelihos botnet. At the software giant's request, a federal judge ordered VeriSign to shut down nearly two dozen domains linked to servers that controlled the botnet.

Consumers can opt for fewer Firefox releases

Although Mozilla will urge users to stick with Firefox's rapid release schedule, the open-source developer says that users could turn to the slower pace of releases that will soon be aimed at enterprises.

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Researcher: Facebook's Timeline will be boon for hackers

A Sophos security researcher warns thatFacebook's new Timeline will likely make it easier for crooks to mine the social network for personal information they can use to launch malicious attacks and steal passwords.


Mozilla proposes slower Firefox release tempo for enterprises

Mozilla has proposed a significantly slower Firefox release pace for enterprises, the result of a corporate backlash earlier this year against an accelerated scheme that ships a new edition of the browser every six weeks. Under the plan, Mozilla would deliver a new version of Firefox to enterprises every 30 weeks -- five times slower than to consumers.

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Adobe patches Flash bug hackers are already exploiting

Adobe on Wednesday patched six vulnerabilities in Flash Player, including one it admitted is already being exploited by attackers.

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Mozilla ponders, rejects even faster Firefox release pace

A pitch to accelerate Firefox's rapid-release schedule even more -- cutting a week to ship a new version every five weeks -- has been rejected by Mozilla.

N.Y. copycats ordered to hand over fake products to Apple

Two stores in Queens, N.Y. have agreed to hand over all counterfeit products to Apple that bear the California company's name or logo, according to court documents.

Google releases Chrome 14 browser

Google on Friday patched 32 vulnerabilities in Chrome, paying more than $14,000 in bug bounties as it also upgraded the stable edition of the browser to version 14.

Echoing Apple, Microsoft bans Flash from Metro IE10 in Windows 8

Microsoft will not support browser plug-ins, including Adobe's Flash, in one of the two versions of Internet Explorer to be bundled with Windows 8.


Researcher raps Apple for not blocking stolen SSL certificates

A security researcher criticized Apple for what he called "foot dragging" over the DigiNotar certificate fiasco, and urged the company to quickly update Mac OS X.

Report: One in six Macs run OS X Lion

One in six Macs now runs Apple's latest operating system, a Web metrics company said this week.