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Submission + - Mozilla Firefox 4 Released

Shining Celebi writes: Mozilla has finally released Firefox 4, a couple months behind schedule. It features hardware accelerated graphics, UI performance improvements, a massive boost in Javascript performance, reduced memory usage, WebGL, a new HTML5 parser, App Tabs, tab grouping via the Panorama feature, bookmark and history syncing, and much more. Many users will also be happy to know the status bar has been more-or-less restored after Mozilla removed it in early betas. Firefox 4 scores over 3 times faster on Sunspider, V8, and Kraken.

Submission + - Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch on Skype 4

An anonymous reader writes: Whenever Skype is installed or updated, it automatically installs the Skype toolbar addon for Firefox. Unfortunately, the addon causes serious performance problems, slowing down some operations by a factor of 300 and is one of the number one causes for Firefox crashes. As a result, Mozilla has decided to "soft-block" the addon, effectively killing it on all Firefox installs unless the user re-enables it. This is the first time the kill-switch has been used for an addon that isn't spyware. Given the extreme popularity of Skype, this has ramifications for millions of users and may create an unsettling precedent for addon developers.

Submission + - WikiLeaks sold classified intel, says John Young

An anonymous reader writes: John Young revealed today in a radio interview that WikiLeaks sold classified information for money. John Young — recruited for WikiLeaks by Assange personally — said that he left WikiLeaks in early 2007 because its main goal is to "exaggerate its importance" and that it has "abandoned putting out useful material" in favor of popular targets. He also reported that he saw "red flags" that WikiLeaks was a criminal organization selling classified intelligence.

Submission + - Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Released 2

Shining Celebi writes: Mozilla has released Firefox 3.6 today, which adds support for Personas, lightweight themes that can be installed without restarting the browser, and adds further performance improvements to the new Tracemonkey Javascript engine. One of the major goals of the release was to improve startup time and general UI responsiveness, especially the Awesomebar. You can read the full set of release notes here.

Submission + - Firefox 3 Released

Shining Celebi writes: Firefox 3.5 was released today by Mozilla; the final release is identical to the third release candidate if you've already installed that. 3.5 boasts of a new, fast Javascript JIT, support for several parts of HTML 5 including <video> and <audio>, improved CSS support including @font-face, improved privacy options, and better control over the Awesomebar, including the possibility of limiting it to search only URLs from history, plus plenty of performance improvements and bugfixes.
The Courts

Submission + - Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act

Shining Celebi writes: U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of the ACLU and struck down a portion of the revised USA PATRIOT Act this morning, forcing investigators to go through the courts to obtain approval before ordering ISPs to give up information on customers, instead of just sending them a National Security Letter. In the words of Judge Marrero, this use of National Security Letters "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."

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