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Week in Geek: Mozilla Firefox Enterprise Edition Development is a Go

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Microsoft’s collecting of royalties on 70% of US Android smartphones now, Google’s uncloaking of Chrome’s top security goals, Microsoft’s possible prevention against letting Linux boot on ARM hardware, and more.

Weekly News Links

  • Mozilla advances with enterprise Firefox
    Browser developer Mozilla has announced that plans for an enterprise-friendly Firefox browser with a slower update cycle, has moved from just a proposal to a “plan of action”.
  • The Future of Firefox Security
    The year 2012 will likely be a milestone for Mozilla’s Firefox web browser, as the open source group aims to further accelerate web innovation. Among the ways that Mozilla plans on improving Firefox in 2012 is by way of a number of efforts that could make the browser more secure for a greater number of users.
  • Google uncloaks Chrome’s top security goals
    This past Thursday Google’s Chrome security team unveiled its guiding principles on how they build a safer browser.
  • Kubuntu, Xubuntu 12.04 Become Long Term Support Releases
    Three of Ubuntu’s siblings have jumped aboard the Long Term Support (LTS) train. Proposals for Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Edbuntu to become ‘LTS’ releases were approved by the Ubuntu Technical Board during a meeting on January 9th.
  • Dell preps return to tablet market
    Dell may have pulled the plug on its Streak tablets last year, but PC maker has revealed plans for a comeback with a new consumer-oriented tablet scheduled to be launched late-2012.
  • Google’s love-hate relationship with China back on
    Google and China have had a strained relationship over the years, but now, the search giant is trying to smooth things over a bit.
  • Microsoft now paid royalties on 70% of US Android smartphones
    LG has become the latest in a long line of Android handset vendors to sign a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft. The agreement allows the South Korean conglomerate to use Microsoft patented technology in phones, tablets, and other consumer electronics running both Android and Chrome OS.
  • Microsoft to Prevent Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?
    Fears that Microsoft would abuse the UEFI Secure Boot feature for their own ends are coming true. Advice from Microsoft to makers of ARM hardware says that allowing the disabling of the contentious UEFI Secure Boot feature required for Windows 8 must NOT be possible.
  • Momentum shift: SOPA, PIPA opponents now in driver’s seat
    The broad support in the U.S. government for two controversial antipiracy bills appears to be evaporating.
  • Apology to Kenyan firm ends Google’s week from hell
    The week has been a rough one for Google, and it’s ending on a particularly embarrassing note.
  • Illegal ads found on Google AdWords
    Google is reportedly profiting from advertisement revenue of illegal products generated by its automated advertising system, AdWords.
  • Chinese authors sue Apple for copyright violation
    A group of Chinese authors has sued Apple for copyright violation and is seeking 11.9 million yuan (US$1.9 million) in compensation.
  • Symantec Accused of Selling ‘Scareware’ in Consumer Fraud Suit in San Jose
    Symantec Corp. (SYMC), a computer security software maker, uses free diagnostic programs to fraudulently induce customers to buy its products with claims their computers are in danger, a consumer alleged in a lawsuit.
  • EPIC says FTC should probe Google personal search
    The head of a consumer online privacy watchdog says U.S. regulators should look into Google’s new personalized search to see whether there are antitrust or privacy issues.
  • Fighting cyber threats with malware not ideal
    Countries are increasingly taking up the option of fending off cyber threats with homebrewed malware but while this might prove effective, security insiders noted this might bring technical and ethical issues and, ultimately, not the best method to curb online threats.
  • Virtual Sweatshops Defeat Bot-or-Not Tests
    Jobs in the hi-tech sector can be hard to find, but employers in one corner of the industry are creating hundreds of full-time positions, offering workers on-the-job training and the freedom to work from home. The catch? Employees will likely toil for cybercrooks, and their weekly paychecks may barely cover the cost of a McDonald’s Happy Meal.
  • Phishers are posing as Facebook security on chat
    Scammers are posing as Facebook security in chat sessions to try to trick people into providing their credit card information, Kaspersky Lab warned this past Friday.
  • New Flashback malware variant follows XProtect update
    When the MacDefender fake antivirus malware was making its rounds early last year, there was a daily cat-and-mouse game between the criminals developing the software and various malware detection companies, plus Apple with its XProtect routine that establishes its “Safe Downloads” list.
  • Alleged Indian memo fake, but security breach real
    U.S. investigations of a memo alluding to a potential cyberattack from the Indian military intelligence have uncovered that the note is likely a fake but confirmed that a security breach did take place. Speculations of its origins are now focused on India’s neighbours Pakistan and China.
  • Chinese hackers targeting smart cards to grab U.S. defense data
    Hackers in China have found a way to infiltrate supposedly secure smart cards used by U.S. government employees, according to security company AlienVault.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/15/12

Comments (4)

  1. Cam2644

    More interesting Firefox info. Keep it up. Thanks

  2. Josh B.

    I wish firefox would stop expanding, and focus more on making a product that is competitive.

  3. Cheryl Stoy

    What is the point of rapidly expanding a product that has ceased to function? You need to fix it and support it first before expanding anymore. I was so freaking frustrated with the new Firefox releases and updates I went all the way back to version 3.6. I finally hit the wall completely and downloaded Opera and Chrome and kissed Firefox goodbye and good riddence. I would rather switch between those two browswers that provide a functioning decent product and support than use one browser that is now a piece of crap when it used to be king of the hill. Firefox is fixated on dollar signs instead of its cusromers and producrt and has taken its eye off the prize.

  4. Dan

    Angel, I’am a semi Newbie. The other day I was downloading Firefox 9.0.1 for windows, and seemed to be having trouble deleting Firefox icon that were on my Desktop that I put in the recycle bin. Now reading these comments am confused. Can you please give me your advice. Thank You

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