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CNET Update: Firefox to put ads in new tabs

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CNET Update: Firefox to put ads in new tabs

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Browser to highlight sponsored websites, Twitter's new design looks like Facebook, and malware apps pose as Flappy Bird.

Say hello to ads in your browser tabs. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. Firefox is putting advertisements on its new tab pages. The browser-maker Mozilla, announced that when users opened up a new tab, the directory titles will show sponsored websites along with popular sites based on your location. Currently, when you open up a new tab, the slots are filled with recently visited sites and bookmarks. Mozilla did not say when it would start putting ads on these Firefox tabs. It's still in development. But when it's ready, the change will first show up on a desktop version of Firefox and eventually, you'll see it on mobile. Twitter could be testing ways to become more like Facebook. A few folks are noticing changes to their layout of their Twitter profile, which has gone from this to this. And that screen shot comes from Mashable editor who spotted the change on his page but is not viewable for most of us just yet. As you can see, this looks like a whole lot like Facebook. There's the photo and bio on the left with a long header photo stretching across the page and tweets are huge and in different columns, which kinda look like how posts are displayed on Google Plus. This is just something Twitter's testing but it could be a way to get more people interested in trying the network. You see Twitter has a problem with growing its members and frankly, the user experience isn't easy to understand when you're new to Twitter. Toyota is recalling 1.9 pre-used cars globally because of a problem with the software that handles the hybrid controls. The defective software could cause a car to power down while it's being driven but no accidents have been reported due to this glitch system. The recall includes pre-used cars made since March of 2009. Owners can fix this with a software update. And folks, I know some of you are upset that you missed out on downloading Flappy Bird before it was deleted from the app stores. But don't go searching for Flappy Bird on third-party Android app stores because if you find something that's claiming to be the game, it's likely malware. Security firms are finding several applications in non-Google App market places that claimed to be Flappy Bird, but they have code that is sending text messages to premium numbers that cost money. Seriously, the game isn't worth seeking out. It's only popular because there's been hype about how hard it is and the creator deleted it this week because he didn't like how people were addicted to it. That is your tech news update. But you could find more details at cnet.com/update. And you can also stay updated by following along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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