Open Source

Chrome gets extensions

In this week's Roundup we look at the release of Chrome for Mac and Linux and its support for extensions, a security flaw in Safari, popularity of SaaS and more.

Mac and Linux users are expected to get Chrome by the first half of this year. Google has also added support for extensions in the latest release of the popular browser — 2.0.156.1.

In the world of security, a flaw related to RSS feeds was found in Safari that could allow malicious websites access to the user's files. Google Code has also fallen victim to malware according to a security researcher.

Yahoo appointed a new CEO this week, Carol Bratz from Autodesk, while Steve Jobs steps down from his role as CEO at Apple due to illness.

The popularity of SaaS is expected to grow in 2009, a survey revealed with more than half of developers around the globe planning to take advantage of the model this year.

Facebook is extending its Facebook Markup Language (FBML) to permit the creation of custom tags, but some argue the social networking site should also consider releasing the mark-up code to developers to make it more useful.

In tech articles this week, we give you 10 predictions for Linux and open source in 2009, two factors to consider when implementing multithreading in .NET, and an analyst claims that service-oriented architecture (SOA) is dead as of 1st of January.

If you haven't downloaded the Windows 7 beta yet, take a look at the new and improved Taskbar in more detail.

— Posted by Lana Kovacevic

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