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Yahoo has begun spreading its browser-boosting plug-in by including it in the installation of the next Yahoo Messenger.
Trying to be more open and to encourage innovation, the company will release source code behind its project to make Web browsers more powerful computing foundations.
Any Web site now may use Yahoo's software for giving Web-based applications some of the richer abilities of native software. Also, a new version brings new plug-ins.
A project called BrowserPlus is designed to improve some aspects of Web browsing, such as system notifications and drag-and-drop support.
In a new step to advance Web programming capabilities, Mozilla's next Firefox will be able to detect how you're tipping your computer.
Google demonstrates Gears features that let a Web browser upload files more gracefully, alert users of important events, and process information about the user's location.
Firefox 3 isn't quite done, but Google has released a version of Gears for it. The software is a foundation for more elaborate Web applications.
Web applications are getting richer and more widespread, but it's unclear which of several competing technologies will power them.