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Submission + - Mozilla Defies DHS, Won't Remove Mafiaa Fire Add-O (computerworld.com)

Batblue writes: "The open-source Mozilla project said Thursday it won't comply with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security request to remove a Firefox add-on that helps redirect Web traffic for sites that have been seized by the government.

At issue is the Mafiaa Fire add-on, designed to reduce the effectiveness of an antipiracy campaign by DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. When users try to visit a website whose Internet domain has been seized by ICE, Mafiaa Fire redirects them to a working site set up to replace the seized domain.

That's a problem for the DHS, which is trying to knock these sites offline permanently. "The ICE Homeland Security Investigations unit alleged that the add-on circumvented a seizure order DHS had already obtained against a number of domains," wrote Harvey Anderson, vice president and general counsel for Mozilla, in a blog post Thursday.

In recent months, ICE has shut down a large number of websites suspected of selling illegally copied music, movies or counterfeit products. Some free-speech experts have said the seizures may violate freedom-of-speech protections in the U.S. Constitution."


Submission + - Firefox 3 Beta 5 Released 1

bunratty writes: Firefox 3 Beta 5 was released today. This last beta release sports performance-boosting improved connection parallelism. Not only has "the memory leak" been fixed: Firefox now uses less memory than other browsers according to Mozilla developers as well as CyberNet and The Browser World. As for the Acid3 test, Firefox 3 Beta 5 scores only 71/100 compared to 75/100 for Safari 3.1 and 79/100 for the latest Opera 9.5 snapshot. The final release of Firefox 3 is expected in June.

Submission + - Battle of The New Beta Web Browsers (cnet.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The contentious art of rating unfinished software is both controversial and, often, amusing. That's is why a recent Cnet article that's rating not only how good the new breed of Web browsers are (Firefox 3 beta 4, IE 8 beta 1, Opera 9.5 beta 1 and Safari 3 for Windows beta 1), but also what their chances are of being successful. Ars recently gave an in-depth look at both IE 8 and Firefox 3's beta releases, while Gizmodo offered a fun first impression of Safari3fW. It's the only semi-in-depth comparison of all browsers I've seen so far, and worth a read if only to read that "even grandparents will enjoy the move [from Safari] to Firefox or Internet Explorer."

Submission + - Firefox beta beats IE beta (networkworld.com)

stinkymountain writes: Web developer Thomas Powell tested the latest Firefox 3.0.1. beta and came away impressed. According to Powell, `On the heels of Microsoft releasing its first Internet Explorer 8 Beta 10 days ago, Mozilla has released very late beta code of its next major browser release, Firefox 3.0.l Currently in its fourth beta cycle (one more is expected), our testing showed that there is certainly a lot to be excited about in Firefox 3.0. An improved user interface, valuable security additions, much faster JavaScript, and, of course, even more support for Web development standards are merely the start of what's in store.' http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2008/031408-firefox-3-beta.html?ts0hb=

Submission + - Firefox 3: how to rock on a memory budget 1

**loki969** writes: "There have been lively discussions on "/." about Firefox's memory management, or rather the lack of it. The new Beta 4 claims not only to have made a big step forward in improving Firefox 3 memory management, but also to have taken the lead in using the least memory compared to FF 2 and IE 7. Percy Cabello posted a short summary that claims that Firefox 3_Beta_4 even sacks Opera 9.5beta.

The bottom line: Firefox 3 rocks in memory management."

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