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Buzz Out Loud 1447: Mirrored boats and 3DTV hate (Podcast)

Brian Cooley joins the show today to talk about the new privacy bill of rights--which apparently does nothing that browser Do Not Track buttons don't do, and exempts the federal government while doing it. "It" being "nothing." Also, T-Mobile tries to win new customers with new unlimited plans, Apple may get into the Netflix-killing game, and whether we should ban the "Twilight" books just to save ourselves from Facebook scams. --Molly

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Mac lands a Flock, gets Chromium bump

Updated at 1:10 p.m. PT with a statement from Flock on the future of the Firefox-based version.

Flock shifted gears from its Mozilla-powered core to Chromium 6 earlier this year, but only for Windows users. Today, the company released a Chromium 7-based version for Mac users, as well as updating its Windows version to Chromium 7.

Available for Windows and Mac, Flock 3.5 adds LinkedIn support and include a refined login system. If you log in to a social-networking site that Flock supports the browser itself is automatically logged in to it, too. Updating to Chromium 7 … Read more

Will RockMelt sock it to Flock?

While the Big Five browsers duke it out to see which one can come up with the best mix of speed, compatibility, and add-ons, social networking bruisers Flock 3 (Windows only) and RockMelt beta (Windows | Mac) have taken off the kid gloves to beat each other senseless over Twitter and Facebook integration.

This isn't a fair match by a long shot. Chromium-fueled Flock 3 has been available since June 2010, and claims 500,000 users. (Just as a point of comparison, the Mozilla Gecko-powered version 2 of Flock has 8.5 million users and has been on the market … Read more

Baby browsers and other utilities

Though the Big Five browsers duke it out to see which one can come up with the best mix of speed, compatibility, and add-ons, social networking bruisers Flock 3 and RockMelt beta have taken off the kid gloves to beat each other senseless over Twitter and Facebook integration. We pit the two minor leaguers against one another in a head-to-head blog with plenty of video goodness to keep you interested.

In other news, iTunes 10.1 is out now, and with it comes AirPlay, the new feature that will allow videos to be streamed to an Apple TV. Apple introduced … Read more

New Flock divorces Firefox, snuggles up to Chrome

First take:

Flock made its name as a Firefox remix that came loaded with custom add-ons for tightly integrating social networking with daily Web browsing. Just opened to the public, the Flock 3 beta keeps its social goals intact while replacing its Firefox base with Google-supported Chromium. The new Flock experience is vastly different than before, and is related to the old version in name only.

It's currently available only for Windows, although Flock CEO Shawn Hardin said in an interview two weeks ago at the CNET offices in San Francisco that a Mac beta should be ready in … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1250: Sony's special new toy (podcast)

It has a blue ball on top. And the ball changes colors. And an ergonomic design. Stop us if we've covered this before ... it's the Sony Move and it will rock you. Also, is there such a thing as Strike 4? More importantly, is there such a thing as a transgression so serious that it finally causes Apple to fire AT&T once and for all? Because they've gotta be close.

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New Flock divorces Firefox, snuggles up to Chrome

Flock made its name as a Firefox remix that came loaded with custom add-ons for tightly integrating social networking with daily Web browsing. Just opened to the public, the Flock 3 beta keeps its social goals intact while replacing its Firefox base with Google-supported Chromium. The new Flock experience is vastly different than before, and is related to the old version in name only.

It's currently available only for Windows, although Flock CEO Shawn Hardin said in an interview two weeks ago at the CNET offices in San Francisco that a Mac beta should be ready in July. The … Read more

Minor browsers seek more prominence in Europe

Unhappy with their lot, six of seven second-tier browsers have petitioned regulators for increased prominence on the screen that gives Windows users in the European Union a choice of browsers besides Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

The browser makers on Thursday sent a petition to Neelie Kroes, a European Commission vice president, and other regulators who have been dealing with the browser-choice technology that Microsoft has begun distributing to millions in Europe as part of an antitrust case against the software company. The top five browsers dominate the market, but more obscure browser makers hope the EU antitrust action will grant … Read more

Webware 100 winner: Flock

Site: Flock.com Category: Browsing

Flock is a Web browser that's comes with social-networking features built-in. It uses the same rendering engine as Mozilla's Firefox, and can even install most Firefox add-ons. Where it stands apart is in letting users keep track of social activity on sites like Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, and others in a sidebar that follows them no matter what site they're on. It's also got e-mail notifications, a photo uploader, and a built-in blog editing and publishing tool.

Flock is currently in its second major release, and runs on Windows and Macs.… Read more

Flock 2.5 launches with support for Twitter, more services

Statistically, Flock is probably not for you. This Web browser, the 2.5 version of which is coming out today for Windows and Mac, is "designed to be the essential browser for the most active 25 percent of users," Flock CEO Shawn Hardin tells me.

You don't generally see browser makers designing their products to not be used by the majority of Web surfers, but this is typical Flock: it's a browser designed for not just Web surfers, but Web crackheads. So far, 7.5 million people have downloaded the browser, and about 1.1 million … Read more