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Firefox updates preach sharing, shielding, and a bit of 'Awesome'

On Tuesday, Mozilla released a new version update for Firefox (Windows, Mac, Linux) that expands its social functionality by integrating a "Share" button into the Firefox toolbar.

The new "Share" button lets users post an interesting article to friends and family via profile, private message, or e-mail, without having to leave the page. This is already complemented by a slew of recent feature add-ons in Firefox that include the ability to view your feeds, check status updates and activity, and chat with friends directly within the sidebar.

Mixed content blocking is now also enabled by default … Read more

Firefox 23 nixes support for outdated blink HTML tag

Watch out, Web site owners: all of that blinking might need to go away soon.

Mozilla announced on Tuesday that Firefox 23, the latest version of its browser, will not support the HTML tag blink. The blink HTML tag allows Web site owners to make text start blinking. It was popular in the 1990s, but thankfully fell out of favor years ago after the world decided it was extremely, extremely annoying.

With Mozilla's decision, blink is all but dead. Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Opera have all abandoned the tag, leaving it with precious few places to … Read more

Review: Firefox 23 adds a mouth to share and eyes to see

Firefox 23 expands its social functionality by integrating a share button into the Firefox toolbar.

The new share button lets users post an interesting article to friends and family via profile, private message, or e-mail without having to leave the page. This is already complemented by a slew of recent feature add-ons in Firefox that include the ability to view your feeds, check status updates and activity, and chat with friends directly within the sidebar.

Developers are also given a few new toys to play with, notably the Network Monitor. The Network Monitor, a convenient, historical view of network activity … Read more

Firefox OS phones arrive in Latin America

After launching in Europe earlier this year, Firefox OS has now landed in Latin America.

Telefonica's local brands in Colombia and Venezuela started selling two Firefox OS phones on Thursday: the Alcatel OneTouch Fire and ZTE Open.

In Colombia, the devices cost 199,900 pesos ($105) on prepay or 99,900 pesos on a 12-month contract at 39,900 pesos per month. In Venezuela, the Fire is priced at VEF Bs 1,739 ($275) and the ZTE Open at Bs 1,159.

Thursday's launch sees the number of countries where Firefox OS devices are available rising to four, … Read more

Former Mozilla CEO to head security-software maker AVG

The maker of one of the world's most popular free security suites has picked Mozilla's former chief executive, Gary Kovacs, to be its new leader.

Kovacs, who's in his mid-50s, comes to AVG several months after he stepped down as the CEO of Mozilla. AVG's previous CEO, J.R. Smith, moved to an advisory role with the company in March, after six years leading of leading AVG during a period of massive user adoption of its core product, AVG Anti-Virus Free.

"AVG has an established customer base: 150 million users. It really has the trust … Read more

BlackBerry, Mozilla fighting bugs with 'Peach'

Nobody likes bugs in their peaches, but in computer security terms, the goal of the new "Peach" tool from BlackBerry and Mozilla is to fight back against the critters.

Peach is an open-source "fuzzing" tool, which automates tests designed to expose hidden security holes, so they can be fixed before people have been put at risk. Created by Michael Eddington of Deja Vu Security, its developers are working on its third major version since 2004. That BlackBerry and Mozilla are advocating its use to detect bugs is a big win for the tool and Eddington.

The … Read more

Mozilla proposes Web tech for sharing personal interests

Mozilla has tangled with advertisers, for example making it harder for Web sites to use tracking files called cookies and supporting do-not-track effort to curtail online behavior tracking. But today, it announced an effort that could make advertisers happier.

The nonprofit organization announced an interface that Web sites could use to slurp up information about a user's interests. The idea is to let Web sites customize content and ads according to a user's behavior, but to keep the user in control over what gets shared rather than rely on today's online behavior tracking methods.

The Interests API … Read more

Geeksphone now selling Firefox OS to consumers with Peak+

Geeksphone on Thursday began taking preorders for its upcoming Peak+, a smartphone that marks the startup's expansion from earlier developer-oriented Firefox OS models to ones geared for consumers.

The Peak+, with a promotional preorder price of 149 euros ($197) while stock lasts, is a tweak to the earlier Peak model for developers. It's got 1GB of memory instead of 512MB, and its interior and internals have been updated for a polished finish and a better feel, the company said. The company will sell the model at an undisclosed but "slightly higher" price starting September 15, when … Read more

Geeksphone to bring Firefox OS to consumer market with Peak+

Consumers who want a higher-end Firefox OS than the Alcatel One Touch Fire and ZTE Open that just went on sale soon will have an option: the Geeksphone Peak+.

Geeksphone, a small Spanish company, makes the higher-end Peak and the low-end Keon. Both are for developers who want to contribute to Mozilla's Firefox OS project or to make sure their Web apps will work on the browser-based operating system. On Monday, it announced it will sell a "new and improved" version of the Peak for consumers, too.

"After the success achieved by Keon and Peak Firefox … Read more

Mozilla fleshes out Firefox OS simulator features

Mozilla is at an awkward stage with Firefox OS: it wants its brand-new mobile operating system to attract developers, but there are very few phones available in the real world. To bridge the gap, the organization offers a phone simulator, and on Thursday, it updated the Firefox OS simulator to version 4.

Among the new features in the software, which is an add-on to the Firefox browser for personal computers, according to a blog post by Firefox OS developer advocate Angelina Fabbro:

• The ability to simulate touch-screen events with mouse clicks.

• A style editor tool that lets programmers create and … Read more