Mozilla is still busy at work, today releasing Firefox 4 Beta 3 to the public.

Beta 3 is now available in over 30 languages, 10 more than the previous beta. Also new in this release is multi-touch support for Windows 7 and new JavaScript values to experience faster and smoother graphics.

A full list of changes can be read in the release notes, and current Firefox 4 Beta testers will automatically receive the update in the coming days.

Firefox 4 Beta 3 can be downloaded from the Mozilla Firefox Beta website.

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Google Chrome 5.0.375.126 has been pushed to the stable channel today, bringing with it only a single change.

The latest release contains an updated version of Adobe Flash, fixing several security vulnerabilities to the plugin.

Chrome users for all platforms will receive the update within the next few days, or alternatively the browser can be downloaded from the Google Chrome website.

Following the footsteps of Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox browser is set to get silent updates by default in Firefox 4 on Windows.

“For Firefox 4 minor updates will occur automatically.  Users can change the setting in Options > Advanced > Update.  We’ll only be using the major update dialog box for changes like 4 to 4.5 or 5” wrote Mozilla’s Alex Faaborg.

The implementation will be slightly different to Chromes, with users still seeing the updating progress bar on load, but this is an implementation issue, which will hopefully be addressed in the future.

The aim of this of course is to keep users safe, and take away the hassle of users having to install security updates when prompted.

Auto-updates are expected to appear in Firefox 4 before it is final release to the public later this year.

Microsoft has released a fourth and final platform preview release of Internet Explorer 9.

This latest release scores 95/100 in the Acid3 test, compared to the first platform preview which only scored 55/100. For comparison, Firefox 3.6 scores 94/100.

Also new in this release is full support for hardware accelerated HTML5, improved SVG support, and improved JavaScript performance. A more detailed list of changes can be found in the IEBlog.

A public beta is widely expected in September 2010.

Web browser market share results are now available for July 2010 thanks to Market Share by Net Applications.

Internet Explorer rose again in July 2010, from 60.32% to 60.74% market share. Firefox dropped again from 23.81% to 22.91%.

Chrome also fell slightly, from 7.24% to 7.16%. Safari rose, up from 4.85% to 5.09%, as did Opera, up to 2.45% from 2.43% in June.

Full results can be read in the July 2010 Browser Market Share report.

Apple Safari 5.0.1 has been released, alongside Safari 4.1.1 fixing last weeks auto-fill vulnerability.

Safaro 5.0.1 also enables extensions for the browser, with Apple also releasing a gallery with some of the early Safari 5 extensions.

Apple has also released a security bulletin explaining the vulnerabilities that have been fixed.

Safari 5.0.1 can be downloaded from the Apple website, while extensions can be downloaded from the new Safari Extensions Gallery.

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Mozilla has released Beta 2 of Firefox 4, which is now available in 24 languages.

The update includes many changes, including apps tab feature.

“There are some websites you visit many times throughout your day, such as your email, social networks, music or game sites. Now you can turn the websites you use most into App Tabs to easily find the ones you need” said a release from Mozilla.

Mac users now receive the new interface that was delivered to Windows users in Beta 1, and puts tabs on top by default.

There is also more support for CSS3 transitions, retained layers allowing for faster scrolling on complex websites, and changes to the XPCOM framework reducing the browser start up time.

A full list of changes can be read in the release notes. Firefox 4 Beta 2 can be downloaded from the Firefox Beta website.

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Google Chrome 5.0.375.125 has been pushed out to the stable channel, fixing five security issues and other bugs.

Three of the security issues are rated as of high importance, one as medium, and one as low.

The update is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame and will be pushed out to users automatically over the coming days.

New users can download Chrome from the Google Chrome website.

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The Google Chrome Team have upped the ante, aiming to release a new stable version of the browser every six weeks.

The new update schedule cuts the previous release schedule in half, allowing users to get finished features sooner.

“We have new features coming out all the time and do not want users to have to wait months before they can use them” wrote Chrome Project Manager Anthony Laforge.

This also doesn’t mean the end of stability. “While pace is important to us, we are all committed to maintaining high quality releases — if a feature is not ready, it will not ship in a stable release” continued Laforge.

Laforge also notes that while version numbers will begin to increase at a faster pace, differentiation between versions will not be as drastic as have been in the past.

End users may not notice the difference however, with updates being pushed out silently.
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Internet Explorer 8’s Smartscreen Filter has passed a new milestone, passing the one billionth stopped malware download.

“Socially engineering attacks like malware are a growing threat on the internet and are one of the most common risks to people’s safety online” wrote Microsoft’s James Pratt.

“We have got better and better at blocking malware through the SmartScreen Filter because we have continued to invest in our back end service since we released IE8 in March 2009” said Pratt.

In the last two months, more than 100 million malware attempts have been blocked by Internet Explorer 8, 5 times as many as the same time last year, with more than 1.7 times the users.

The continued investment and development of malware protection is great for consumers, and helps keep their home PC’s safe.

Malware, also known as phishing (pronounced fishing), protection can also be found in other popular browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

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