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What Firefox has planned for 2012

Last year, Mozilla managed to get Firefox back on track. While the long delay of Firefox 4 gave competitors like the up-and-coming Google Chrome a chance to gain quite a bit of market share. Mozilla adapted to the changing environment and switched to a Chrome-like rapid-release schedule that is focused on releasing a new version every six weeks. Given these short release cycles, it's good to keep the larger picture in view sometimes and, thankfully, Mozilla today provided us with ...

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Google claims it’s winning the war on bad ads

Google is at war. This time it’s not with Facebook, Apple, or any of the other tech giants. No, this time its target is bad ads. According to an official blog post, the internet giant wants is looking to take the same approach to ads that appear on it and its partners sites as it does to spam on Gmail and malware on the Google Play Store. Google claims that. “Like all other internet companies, we’re fighting a war against ...

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FBI requests Google help after failing to unlock pimp’s cellphone

Here’s one for the books. A US judge has approved request from the FBI that Google give up information on a pimp’s Android phone -- starting with how to get past the pattern screen lock. According to The Verge, the device belongs to one Dante Dears, who was arrested in 2005 for pimping out teenage prostitutes and beating a 15-year-old girl. Following his 2011 release, Dears was reportedly still directing prostitutes running using the phone in question. ...

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Anonymous-OS goes live, download if you dare

Anonymous Hey, remember when Anonymous created its own um... anonymous social network? Well the lovable hacktivist scamps behind it seem to have made another go at building something. This time it’s an OS. The Linux-based operating system is called, rather imaginatively, Anonymous-OS. According to Source Forge, the OS was created “for educational purposes, to checking the security of web pages”. A Tumblr blog dedicated to the OS claims it has been downloaded 4 600 times since going live. The User Interface (UI) actually doesn’t ...

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Facebook, Google benefit most from Pinterest shares

Pintrest We know Pinterest is great for driving traffic to sites, but who’s actually benefitting the most from the up-and-comer’s surge in popularity? Logically, it should be sites that share some of the visual appeal of Pinterest, or those selling the kind of objects people like to pin -- lifestyle brands in particular should be doing well. A couple are, but according to new data from Experian Hitwise, the company benefitting the most from Pinterest is actually Facebook. That’s a little surprising given that ...

Twitter

#ArsenalLive: Arsenal players talk to fans on Twitter

Tomas Rosicky In what could be a very cool trend for football teams around the world, English professional football club Arsenal F.C held a question and answer session on Twitter. The football club gathered some of its top players to answer questions posed by fans in what it calls a "live Twitter takeover". Takeover seems about right given that hashtag in use #ArsenalLive was the top trending topic on Twitter. Each player, whose identity was kept a secret until the moment they ...

Mobile apps

InstaGamer brings gaming to Instagram

Instagamer App We all know Instagram is great. There’s a reason Apple named it App of the Year for iPhone in 2011. But even with all its filters it has limited entertainment value. What if you took the photos from your Instagram feed and turned them into a game? That could be fun right? Turns out there’s an app for that too... InstaGamer made its way onto the app store a few hours ago and works sort of like the card memory game Pairs. ...

Facebook

The mechanics of a Facebook breakup [Case Study]

Broken heart Susan Sontag said that photographs "furnish instant history, instant sociology and instant participation." Nowhere is this truer than on Facebook. A user’s photos create an "instant history". "Instant society" is created by who is tagged in the photographs and where, and "instant participation" by the ability that all the friends have to comment on the photographs even if they were not part of the moment that has been captured. When I first started studying the Facebook profile of the beautiful and ...

Startup news

Fabhunter: The new visual bookmarking startup with big dreams

fabhunter Tastemakers. Trendsetters. Fashionistas. Fabhunter aims to become a nexus where these fashion aficionados collide. Launched in January of this year, Fabhunter is a new “social fashion discovery engine” that relies on user generated content to facilitate fashion discovery and trend forecasting. As a collective, Fabhunter aims to become a harbinger for fashion trends, but also a platform where individuals can become tastemakers by showcasing their fashion sense and intuition about trends through visual bookmarking. Fabhunter is self-funded and was founded by Werner ...

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Over a third of China’s online population are mobile-only users [Report]

Mobile Only Internet 3 China has the world’s largest online population, topping out at over 500-million users. That’s interesting enough in its own right. More interesting though, is the fact that over a third of those users only use mobile devices to access the internet. That’s one of the key findings of a new report from research company On Device. If the report is to be believed, then around 38% of China’s online population only access the internet on mobile devices. If that isn't ...

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