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European Commission chucks cash at UR – the universal language of mind your own biz

Privacy-focused French browser developer UR* has scored a grant from the European Union it hopes will help turbo charge its nascent technology. UR, founded two years ago in 2015, plans to use the funds to bring its browser to a larger number of people. The French startup scored the funding by fulfilling two core values of the …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017
Welcome to Netscape

Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

Netscape Navigator, the browser credited with taking the World Wide Web into the mainstream, was released twenty years ago yesterday, on October 13th 1994. Netscape, the company, was born after tech investor Jim Clark spotted the Mosaic browser developed in part by then-wunderkind Marc Andreessen. At the time of the company's …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2014
Brute force

Holey? COWL! Boffins build boxes to hold sketchy JavaScript libs

Researchers have developed what they say is a new web privacy system for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox: we're told it blocks dodgy JavaScript code from funneling sensitive information to crooks. The Confinement with Origin Web Labels (COWL) system tries to protect websites that rely on JavaScript libraries written by third …
Iain Thomson, 7 Oct 2014

Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

The Raspberry Pi now has its very own web browser. The Pi foundation has been working on the app since December 2013, when it announced its intention to create a browser that offers “a good multi-tab experience,” ARMv6-optimized 2d rendering and accelerated image and HTML5 video decoding and bake it into future versions of …
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Web wags stage IE 6 funeral

The unsung comic geniuses of the web are holding a mock funeral for Microsoft's decrepit IE 6 browser software later on Thursday. The IE 6 Funeral site announced on Monday that the browser "passed away" in a workplace injury (a reference to the role the eight-year-old browser played in the Operation Aurora attack against …
John Leyden, 4 Mar 2010
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Opera update plugs heap big buffer overflow bug

Opera has fixed three potentially nasty security vulnerabilities with the release of a major new version of its web browser software. A heap buffer overflow bug involving the string to number conversion technology in previous versions of Opera created a means to inject hostile code onto vulnerable systems. Opera version 10.10 …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2009
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Mozilla plots Firefox interface overhaul

Mozilla has detailed plans to revamp and simplify the user interface of Firefox. The visual update for the Windows version of the open source browser will occur in two phases, coinciding with the release of Firefox 3.7 and 4.0, with early changes set to include hiding the menu bar and merging the "stop" and "reload" buttons. …
John Leyden, 5 Nov 2009
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Apple hunts down Win and Mac flavoured Safari flaws

Apple has patched six security holes in its Safari web browser software. Safari version 4.0.3 fixes separate buffer overflow bugs in the CoreGraphics and ImageIO components of the Windows version of the browser that each create a critical code injection risk. In each case, visiting a maliciously crafted website with an …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2009
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Chrome feels the need - the need for speed

Google has souped up Chrome by updating the web browser’s JavaScript engine. Mountain View claimed loading speed of JavaScript-heavy web pages had been improved by up to 30 per cent in Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine, combined with a new version of the Webkit browser engine. Google additionally announced several other changes …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 May 2009
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Touchy Google wraps protective arm around Chrome EULA

Google has clarified Chrome’s universal licensing terms after a user argued that the firm could limit an individual’s web browsing based on the content he or she viewed. The web giant’s head flack Gabriel Stricker hit back in a corporate blog post yesterday after Slashdot published an anonymous reader’s musings about Chrome’s …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Apr 2009
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Firefox 3.1 morphs into Firefox 3.5

Mozilla has renamed the oft-delayed Firefox 3.1 to Firefox 3.5 and said a fourth beta of the browser is slated for a 14 April release. A possible name change has been batted around inside Mozilla Towers for several weeks, but the outfit finally confirmed the decision yesterday. “As recently proposed, the version number of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2009
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Opera lances 'extremely severe' jpg bug

Opera has published an update to its flagship browser software that addresses a raft of security bugs. The version 9.64 update, released Wednesday, fixes a flaw that means maliciously crafted JPEG images can cause Opera to crash in such a way that arbitrary code gets executed. Opera describes the flaw as "extremely severe", …
John Leyden, 4 Mar 2009
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Microsoft IE8 rolls out the astroturf

Microsoft is hawking the near-ready version of its Internet Explorer 8 browser at its staff in a desperate attempt to snatch back some of Mozilla’s growing market share. The company is asking its UK employees to take part in its very own astroturfing campaign by getting MS wonks to send out an email to at least ten soon to be …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2009
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Google calls on developers to polish Chrome

Google yesterday released an update to its Chrome web browser that fixes a number of known glitches and crashes in the software. The search engine giant said Chrome fixes a crash when using the spell check “add to dictionary” function, as well as a browser crash on tablet PCs running Microsoft Windows Vista. Other …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Oct 2008

Firefox 3.1 beta arrives with JavaScript booster turned off

Mozilla pushed out the first beta of Firefox 3.1 on Tuesday night but the release omits some much anticipated improved JavaScript functionality. The preview edition of the open source web browser is intended to allow developers to run a slide rule over the software as well as giving the public at large a chance to take the …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2008
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Opera update quietly fixes bug brace

Opera has patched a brace of critical vulnerabilities with the release of the latest version of its web browser. The release notes accompanying Opera version 9.60 focused on features such as speed improvements and a cleaner layout for feeds. But underneath the bonnet, a couple of security vulnerabilities have been patched. …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2008
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Firefox update fixes international character password glitch

Mozilla has published an update to its popular Firefox web browser designed to fix a password saving glitch. Firefox version 3.0.3, released on Friday (26 September), addresses a bug in the Password Manager feature of the previous version of the browser that meant users might be unable to retrieve saved passwords or register …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2008
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Safari Gears up for Mac fanboys

After months of development Gears is finally available for Apple’s Safari web browser. This is Google’s latest attempt to dig its nails into Microsoft’s proprietary software kingdom by opening its arms to the Mac brigade, who are perhaps more reluctant than most to run MS apps. Originally dubbed Google Gears, the online/ …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2008

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