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Yahoo is shutting down its social-networking experiment, Yahoo Mash, which had started just a year ago.

An e-mail to Mash members from Yahoo community manager Matt Warburton read, "Thank you for trying out our Mash Beta service. We hope you had fun with it. Please note that we will shut down Mash on September 29, 2008. As a result, your current profile on Mash will no longer be available."

Mash didn’t really offer anything new, other than the fact that instead of inviting friends you created profiles for them and then invited them to customize and change them. You could also add "modules," a sort of rudimentary version of social-network apps. It was designed as a quirky, cute step up from Yahoo 360, the social network that Yahoo had based off its millions of pre-existing user accounts; if Yahoo 360 was analogous to AOL profiles, Mash was more like Facebook.


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It’s anti-iPhone day at Download Squad and they have got some really interesting post (as always). Go and check it out.

Anti-iPhone day

Anti-iPhone day

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Microsoft yesterday announced that some new privacy tools are going to added to the Internet Explorer 8 (beta 2).


The Private Browsing mode when enabled, IE8 will not save browsing and searching history, cookies, form data and passwords; it also will automatically clear the browser cache at the end of the session.


Other new tools will include "InPrivate Blocking" and "InPrivate Subscription," which notifies users of third-party content that can track browsing history and subscribe to lists of sites to block, respectively. Microsoft will also tweak its existing "Delete Browsing History" by adding an option to preserve bookmarked sites’ cookies even when all others are erased.

Apple’s browser Safari already has this feature but is limited to not save browsing and searching history, cookies, form data and passwords and clearing the browser cache at the end of the session. (NO "InPrivate Blocking" and "InPrivate Subscription")

Mozilla were going put this feature in their browser Firefox 3.0 which went final in mid-June, but the feature was pulled as the browser made its run toward completion. Firefox 3.1 most probably will have the "private browsing" which is how they are describing the privacy  tools they are planning on adding to Firefox.


Mozilla Labs has announced the winners of Extend Firefox 3 contest. The contest was to create cool extensions for Firefox 3. So we’ve got some really good extensions.

Best New Add-on

Pencil by Dương Thành An

The Pencil Project’s unique mission is to extend Firefox 3 to an pencil opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use. Pencil makes uses of the SVG support in Firefox 3 to implement all the shape rendering and scripting.


Tagmarks by Felipe Tassario Gomes

One click bookmark tagging

This add-ons adds a set of icons to the quick bookmarks, allowing you to quickly add tags to your bookmarks by clicking on each icon.


HandyTag by Rémi Szymkowiak

Automatic bookmark tagging

HandyTag simply providing a complete set of most relevant keywords in the bookmark’s edition panel. These keywords are retrieved from many different sources.



Webchunks by Daniel Glazman – Firefox implementation of the Internet Explorer Webslices feature. I had written about it.webchunks


Badges on Favicons by Pau Tomàs – Add informational badges to the tab favicons. Yeah.. iPhone type.

badges on favicon




Devo by Abimanyu Raja – A command launcher for Firefox. Devo adds a keyboard shortcut that invokes a launcher panel.





Close ‘N Forget by Benoit Bailleux – close the current tab and forget about the visit. It wipes out the browsing history and the cookies of the tab


Callout by László Bácsi – Makes the notification services of the Operating System available for web pages and Greasemonkey scripts. It basically tells you/ gives you notification. example – web page like Gmail can trigger a Growl or Windows taskbar notification that you’ve got new mail.

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Reasy by Robert Hinchliffan RSVP (Rapid Serial Visual Presentation) reader


Best Updated Add-on

These are those add-ons that were present in Firefox 2 and were updated to work in Firefox 3, and are showing improvement in performance and user experience.

Read it Later by Nate Weiner

Save pages of interest for later reading

Read It Later allows you to save pages of interest to read later. It eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest. Features include offline reading, sync between computers, and RSS feed creation.











TagSifter by Chiisai Tsu

Browse your bookmarks by their tags

Firefox 3 lets you tag your bookmarks, but it doesn’t give you a great way to browse your bookmarks by their tags. TagSifter tries to. Select a group of tags in the sidebar or menu, and TagSifter shows you all the related tags and bookmarks. This extension that adds a bookmark tag cloud to your sidebar, related tags, and advanced tag queries for filtering your bookmarks by tag.












Bookmark Previews by John Marshall

Adds an album view and thumbnail view to the bookmarks manager

Along with an album view (like cover flow) and a thumbnail view (with drag and drop), this extension also adds previews to the tooltips in the bookmarks sidebar. Just hover over a bookmark in the sidebar to see the previews.

Best Music Add-on

Grand Prize Winner (1)

Fire.fm by Jorge Villalobos and Jose Enrique Bolaños

Direct access to the extensive music library on Last.fm

Listen to music related to your favorite artist, and discover new artists and music in the process. Listen to your friends’ favorite music. Find Last.fm users with musical taste similar to your own. Quickly access your favorite stations by just typing a few letters into the location bar.

has it replased foxy tuees?


How many of you are still using Firefox 2? This week Mozilla will be rolling out and update which would prompt the users of Firefox 2 to update to version 3.0.1.

Firefox 3 offers a number of advantages over Firefox 2. First, and probably most importantly, it’s the most up to date version of the browser when it comes to security features. But it also has improved JavaScript support, faster page load speeds, and improved performance with web applications like Gmail, Google Docs, and Zoho Office. Firefox 3 also has a completely redesigned location bar that makes it much easier to find pages you’ve recently or frequently visited. You can read an extensive review here.

Firefox 2 users don’t have to update if they are happy with Firefox 2 you can either postpone the update or decline it. But I highly recommend updating to Firefox 3.



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According to Tim Westergren, the founder of popular Web radio start-up Pandora – "We’re approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision"

The problem apparently is the hike in the fees for web radio, which makes it extremely expensive for an independent start-up to stay afloat in the business.

Will they pull-the-plug or survive is what we have to wait and see.


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…it’s official. Microsoft is going to offer a sneak peek at the new Windows features at its upcoming developer and hardware conferences in October and November. It even set up an official Windows 7 blog on which senior engineers promise to discuss the operating system with users.

According to Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan, senior engineering team leaders – "With this blog we’re opening up a two-way discussion about how we are making Windows 7," the company wrote. "We strongly believe that success for Windows 7 includes an open and honest, and two-way, discussion about how we balance all of these interests and deliver software on the scale of Windows. We promise and will deliver such a dialog with this blog."

Have a look at the Engineering Windows 7 blog.


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