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Google’s Chrome web browser overtook Mozilla Firefox in terms of global usage for the first time in November, research company StatCounter reports. Chrome’s browser market share hit 25.69% in November, beating Firefox’s 25.23% share with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continuing to dominate, holding a 40.63% share. Read more

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Chrome, Google’s web browser, is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, ComputerWorld reports. Chrome’s global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox’s stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%, according to data from StatCounter, which predicts that Chrome will overtake Firefox by December. Read more

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  • Geekwire has been looking at the rumours surrounding the next version of the Windows PC operating system. As well as adopting the tabbed command strip from Micorosoft Office, Windows 8 – or whatever Microsoft decides to call it -  will also have Kinect sensor technology and elements of the Xbox Live interface as well as an alternative interface for touch-based tablet computers that uses tiles and works more like a mobile operating system.

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  • Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney has broken down some of Google’s opportunities for new billion-dollar businesses, says TechCrunch. According to his estimates, YouTube’s gross revenues hit $825m in 2010 and will reach $1.3bn in 2011 and $1.7bn in 2012.

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Under pressure from regulators, two more browsers are taking steps to help users avoid having their internet activity tracked–if the websites they visit cooperate. Read more

Firefox may have disqualified itself from the iPhone, but expect the browser to appear in its Firefox for Mobile version in the Android Market in the near future.

It’s not finished yet, but there are so many bogus versions of Firefox appearing in the Market that its creator Mozilla is considering pushing out the beta version, already available on its website. Read more

From March 1, the 100m-plus users of Windows-based PCs in Europe who have Internet Explorer set as their default web browser will be invited to choose whether they want to keep Microsoft’s browser or ditch it for a rival.

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Nice timing from the folks over at the Mozilla Foundation. As calls to ditch Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the wake of the Chinese hack attack on Google reverberate around the internet, the open source project has released a new version of its Firefox web browser.

Mozilla wisely stopped short of making any special security claims about the new Firefox 3.6, but it does claim that the new browser is 20 per cent faster than its predecessor and includes “extensive under the hood work to improve performance for everyday web tasks such as email, uploading photos, social networking, and more.” Read more

  • Mozilla released the latest version of its Firefox internet browser, warming up a battle between competing browsers that is dramatically increasing the speed with which web pages are viewed. The 3.5 version of the Firefox software was released to the public on Tuesday, with a capability of loading web pages more than twice as fast as its 3.0 predecessor, thanks to advances in JavaScript, the scripting language.
  • The Chinese government backed away from its Wednesday deadline for new computers sold in the country to come equipped with Green Dam/Youth escort, an internet filter ostensibly aimed at pornography sites that also blocks users from reaching some Web pages devoted to politically sensitive topics. While authorities said they would continue to move forward with the initiative, computer companies were encouraged and said strong domestic opposition and international pressure might shelve the harsh controls for good.

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You’d think that Microsoft’s rivals would welcome the company’s announcement that it will ship Windows 7 in Europe without an internet browser.

After 15 years (that’s how long ago it was that the US first forced Microsoft into a consent decree promising not to “tie” other products illegally to Windows) the software company has finally agreed to untie the browser completely, at least in Europe. It feels like a watershed.

So are the makers of Firefox, Opera and other browsers dancing in the streets? Not a bit of it. Read more

Flock, the social web browser that fell victim to Web 2.0 hype in 2005, appears to be finally taking flight four years later, with a new release that swoops on the surge in social media usage.

Flock 2.5, released today, amounts to the popular Firefox browser on social-media steroids. “This is our biggest release since the commercial deployment of 1.0 [in 2007],” Shawn Hardin, chief executive, told me during a demo of the product. Read more

  • Google is looking for the next Google. With Google Ventures, a new venture capital arm, the internet search giant hopes to expand its already outsized influence on Silicon Valley and eventually rival established venture firms such as Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital.
  • Facebook is replacing its chief financial officer as it seeks to balance rapid growth against increased capital needs and a closed IPO market. Speculation about Facebook’s financial health has been rampant of late, but today details emerged that suggested the company is in better shape than many thought.

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