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Firefox 7.. on the run

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Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 7 into the Aurora Channel.

the latest developer preview is “focused on delivering performance enhancements and optimizing memory utilization”, addressing a problem that long-time users of the open source browser have been complaining about for ages.

New in Firefox Aurora:

  • Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Optimized Memory Use:
    • Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced
    • The JavaScript garbage collector runs frequently to free up more memory when Firefox is idle
  • Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly
  • Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp

New platform features and developer tools:

  • Telemetry: Users can opt-in for automatic memory usage, performance testing and reporting to help improve future versions Firefox
  • Web timing spec: Measure performance characteristics of websites as users experience them
  • Azure Direct2D for Canvas: Canvas-based animations on the Web are dramatically faster
  • Support for CSS3 Text-Overflow: ellipsis: New and more elegant way to display text content that has overflowed its given layout area.

$9.9 billion amazon sales in Q2

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E-commerce giant Amazon just reported second quarter results, posting sales of $9.9 billion, an increase of 51 percent from the same quarter in 2010. Net income decreased 8% to $191 million in the second quarter, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared with net income of $207 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in second quarter 2010. Analysts expected strong sales of $9.37 billion but earnings were expected to drop to $0.35 cents per share for net income.

The Kindle 3G with advertising is now the company’s bestselling Kindle, says Amazon. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement: “Low prices, expanding selection, fast delivery and innovation are driving the fastest growth we’ve seen in over a decade…Kindle 3G with Special Offers has quickly become our bestselling Kindle at only $139. Customers love the convenience of a 3G reader — no hunting for or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots. Amazon picks up the tab for the 3G wireless, so you have no monthly payments or annual contracts.”