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Mozilla's engineering manager has requested that developers stop work on Windows 64-bit builds of Firefox.
Programmers have begun releasing early versions of 64-bit Firefox. It's scheduled to be mature later this year.
The new browser won't let new third-party add-ons run until users give the say-so, and it suggests old ones be disabled. Also: Twitter search and a tab tune-up.
Mozilla's Electrolysis project, which divides Firefox into multiple processes, is designed to help make the browser feel faster. Also coming: 64-bit support and better memory use.
WebM video, hardware-accelerated video, and a user interface overhaul start arriving in a test version of what will become Firefox 4.
Better performance is high on the list of improvements planned for Firefox 4. If all goes well, the new browser should emerge by November.
All four drop like flies in hacking contest that takes researchers weeks or more to prepare for, but just minutes to win.
With Firefox 3.5, Mozilla hopes to "upgrade the Web" with new features such as faster performance, built-in video, and new graphics technology.
New test versions of Google's browser catch up to a processor upgrade that began a decade ago. Google promises better speed, security, and stability.