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Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla delivers latest Firefox 4 beta

On Friday, Mozilla shipped Firefox 4 Beta 9, perhaps the last it will release before it pushes toward a final version.

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Mac sales climb as rivals lose U.S. share

Analysts say Apple sold nearly 2 million Mac desktops and laptops in the fourth 2010 quarter as PC giants like HP and Dell lost share. But Apple still dropped to the fifth spot in U.S. computer sales, due to strong sales to businesses by rival PC makers.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla launches 2010's last Firefox 4 beta

Mozilla released Beta 8 of the Firefox 4 browser Wednesday, about a month later than planned.

Apple boots WikiLeaks app from App Store

Apple on Monday pulled an iPhone app from the App Store that let users read secret U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks and follow the controversial organization's Twitter feed.

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Gawker hack analysis reveals incredibly weak passwords

The most popular password among nearly 400,000 exposed by the Gawker hack was "12345," according to a security firm's analysis.

Judge dismisses MS co-founder's suit against Apple, others

A federal judge has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit filed by billionaire MIcrosoft co-founder Paul Allen against Apple and other companies.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla patches 13 Firefox security bugs

Mozilla Thursday issued patches for 13 bugs, 11 of which were rated 'critical.'

Google quashes 13 Chrome bugs, adds PDF viewer

Google on Thursday patched 13 vulnerabilities in Chrome as it shifted the most stable edition of the browser to version 8.

Scammers can hide fake URLs on the iPhone, says researcher

Identity thieves can hide URLs on the iPhone's limited screen real estate, says a security researcher.

Consumers vote Mac for laptop buying plans

More than a third of American consumers planning to purchase a laptop in the next 90 days will buy from Apple, a market research company said this week.

Office 2011 sales to slash prices up to 33 percent

Microsoft will cut the price of its Office for Mac 2011 suite by as much as 33 percent during a five-day "Black Friday" sale.

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Microsoft's Ballmer kills call for break-up

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has dismissed a call to break up the company.

Microsoft explains missing Mac Office patches

Microsoft explained why it has not patched older versions of its Office for Mac, but would not disclose a release schedule for doing so.

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Microsoft forgets to patch Mac Office 2004, 2008

While Microsoft patched security vulnerabilities in Office 2011 on Tuesday, it didn't do the same for the 2004 and 2008 versions of its Mac productivity suite.

iPhone edges out Android smartphones in reliability race

Apple's iPhone remains the most reliable smartphone, edging out hard-charging Android-based handsets made by Motorola and HTC, according to after-sale warranty provider SquareTrade.