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Yahoo's Firefox deal risks dropping into the red

Yahoo's deal with Mozilla making the search provider Firefox's default in the U.S. increasingly looks like a bad deal for Yahoo.

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Opera browser bakes in free VPN

Opera Software today released a developer preview of its namesake browser that includes a full-featured VPN for free.


5 reasons Apple’s stealthy WebRTC adoption benefits everybody

This is good news on any platform

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Chrome abandons XP, Vista and older versions of OS X

Google released Chrome 50, and as promised last year, dropped support for Windows XP and Vista, along with three older editions of Apple's OS X.

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Mozilla explores radically different browser as Firefox leaks share

Mozilla is trying to come up with a next-generation browser, but seems uncertain whether to retain the current Firefox technology or switch to something else.

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U.S. newspapers threaten to sue Brave browser maker over ad-blocking scheme

More than a dozen newspaper publishers threatened the maker of the new Brave browser with legal action if Brave Software pursues plans to replace websites' ads with its own.

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Edge freezes Flash content; imitates Chrome and Safari

In both Chrome and Safari, users can click the Flash content to activate it. Without a click, the content remains visible but static. Edge will work the same way.

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New browser Vivaldi targets those tired of UI austerity

Vivaldi today launched its same-named browser, delivering a boutique browser that hopes to steal some share from the better-known rivals.

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Microsoft continues to bleed browser share at record rates

Microsoft's browsers last month continued to swirl toward the drain of second place.

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Edge browser edges Chrome in early adoption sweepstakes

Microsoft says its newest browser, Edge, increased its usage faster than did Google's Chrome after its 2008 launch.

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Microsoft: No baked-in ad blocker for you!

Microsoft does not plan to build an online ad blocker into its Edge browser, a company engineer said today.

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Apple mimics other browser makers, produces Safari developer preview

Apple today released its first developer preview of Safari for OS X that gives website designers and app creators a continuous sneak peek of the browser.

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Safari, Chrome and Flash Player hacked at Pwn2Own, some of them twice

Security researchers exploited previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Flash Player to compromise the latest versions of OS X and Windows during the first day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest.

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MIT's Eyebrowse lets users make their browsing history public

MIT researchers have developed technology that lets people share their browsing history -- or parts of it -- publicly.


Firefox 45 terminates Tab Groups

Mozilla today released Firefox 45, following through on a promise to drop the browser's Tab Groups feature.

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Microsoft's Edge reverses trend, gains share among Windows 10 users

Microsoft's Edge browser made gains in user and usage share in February, but the default browser of Windows 10 remained the choice of a minority of users.

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Microsoft could lose No. 1 browser spot as soon as May

Microsoft's browsers took a beating of historical proportions last month, losing user share at a rate that could put it in second place, behind Google, as early as May, new data signaled today.

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It's official: Older versions of IE are now at risk

Microsoft this week made good on a 2014 promise and withheld security updates from users of older versions of Internet Explorer.

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