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Mozilla Dissolves Messaging Unit

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internetnews.com: It was supposed to be an effort that was going to propel Mozilla's Thunderbird email client to the same level of adoption and interest as Firefox.

It failed.

Can Firefox Be Saved?

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earthweb.com: After spending months on end watching Mozilla Firefox 4 go through eleven-and-some-odd betas, I’m less than impressed with what I’ve waited for all this time. The first time I launched a fresh install of Firefox 4 and navigated to the homepage of the New York Times, it hung for almost a minute on end – and then every ad block on the page burped with a “Flash plugin has crashed” message. This is progress?

Firefox 5 to get major social media

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  • Firefox 5 to get major social media, UI and tab upgrades
  • See What Might Be In Store for Firefox 5
  • Firefox 5 and Beyond: A Look at What's Coming

Mozilla to Crack Down on Add-ons Slowing Down Firefox

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softpedia.com: Browser add-ons are a great way of bolting on new functionality and customizing the experience to a high degree. But they're also a great way of slowing down browser quite a lot, which is why Mozilla is introducing several new measures to cut down on poorly optimized add-ons for Firefox.

Mozilla kills embedding support for Gecko layout engine

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h-online.com: Mozilla has officially ended support for embedding the Gecko layout engine in applications other than Mozilla core applications. The move will have an impact on any application which has used the Firefox layout engine in their applications and the first to announce that it will have to make significant changes is the Camino browser.

Also: Open Source Camino Browser Faces Fork in the Road

Firefox 5 Preview Available Now

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tomsguide.com: It turns out that Mozilla was not kidding. Firefox 5 is already in the works and can actually already be downloaded as a preview.

Bend the New Browser to Your Will

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  • Firefox 4 Tips: Bend the New Browser to Your Will
  • 3 Best Ways To Speed Up Firefox 4 Browser

15 handy Firefox 4 tips and tricks

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techradar.com: From complete control over tabs to better bookmarking, these Firefox 4 tips will help you make the most of it.

Also: Firefox 5 Preview Available, Stable On April 13

My review of Firefox 4

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  • My review of Firefox 4
  • Firefox 4 Has Already Become More Popular Than IE9
  • Firefox 4 Review Round-Up: Critics Weigh In
  • Firefox 4: at a glance

Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox

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cnet.com: CNET put the latest stable versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer through a gauntlet of benchmarks that considered JavaScript and HTML5 performance, as well as boot times and memory usage.

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