Firefox 3.7 Mockups Uses Google Chrome Like Menu Bar

A couple of months ago we showed some mockups for Firefox 3.7 and Firefox 4.0. We came across some more screenshots that show that will be doing away with the current toolbars and adding a more space saving menu which is very much like the one has currently.

Here are some screens from the Firefox 3.7 mockups.

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According to Mozilla these changes will be applicable to Firefox for and .

Starting with Vista, and continuing with Windows 7, the menubar is going away. To be replaced with things like the Windows Explorer contextual strip, or the Office Ribbon(now in Paint and Wordpad too). Many apps still retain the menubar as an option to be pinned or to be shown briefly by holding the Alt key.

There are several more things that have been included for discussion in the new mockups, you can read the entire Firefox 3.7 Theme revamp discussion to get to know what you can expect in Firefox 3.7.

[via Download Squad]

Yahoo Launches A Twitter Lookalike Microblogging Service

Yahoo, which is already not doing very well in the tech market, has finally taken the first step towards improving its situation. The giant has directly challenged the current favorite of netizens – Twitter and launched a microblogging platform called Yahoo Meme.

Yahoo Meme

Yahoo had previously launched a Portuguese language micro-blogging product, Yahoo Meme, which was obviously similar to Twitter and Tumblr. Yahoo Meme is currently in an invite-only mode. Once the account is created after receiving invitation, users get a blank blog for micro-sharing text, images, music, videos or mash up of all these things.

Registration is quite simple. You will get a Meme URL based on Username like http://meme.yahoo.com/Username. It is similar to Twitter and Facebook Username URLs.

The setting panel of Meme has very less options like Meme title, 100 character Description, avatar/photo and notifications. Meme also offers page layout customization with Themes. On the Meme page, users can post text, photos, videos and all together for sharing with other users. Just like Twitter and Tumblr users do, Meme users can search for other users using the Find option on the top of the page and Follow them to receive their Meme updates.

Meme users can also have threaded conversations in the comment section under every Meme post. Users can even repost the Memes just like re-tweet in Twitter. Meme also has a popular section that shows popular Meme’s posted by users.

Yahoo Meme has less features as compared to other micro-blogging site, but I think they will roll-on new features soon. Do you think this time Yahoo has taken a correct step by launching a Twitter lookalike service? Please comment below and let us know what you think about Yahoo Meme.

Tr.Im Closes, Uhm Opens Back Again

There was a lot of hue over the announcement of tr.im the semi-popular URL shortening service to close down few days back, the major problems many saw with the closure was that, all the links that were shortened using tr.im would disappear forever, making hundreds of thousands if not millions of links go bust.

However one thing is for sure that the popularity of tr.im grew immensely after that announcement and they have now decided to resurrect the service and run it indefinitely.

We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.

We have answered those pleas. Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to tr.im’s future.

One of the major causes of tr.im deciding to close down was because started giving preferential treatment to bit.ly another URL shortening service, which according to tr.im creates a monopoly.

Now it’s time to wait and watch which other URL shorteners decide to take the plunge to popularity.

Microsoft Ordered To Stop Selling Word

In a severe jolt to Microsoft, a Texas judge has ordered Microsoft to stop selling any Word Products within 60 days, unless they make changes to the custom XML code which is patented by a company called i4i of Toronto.

Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ordered a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML," according to an announcement by the plaintiff, Toronto-based i4i Inc

In addition to that Microsoft has also been asked to pay $290 million in damages to i4i, however Microsoft plans to appeal the ruling, which is but obvious.

This lawsuit has apparently been file in March 2007 and is not the first one that Microsoft has lost.

If you were looking forward to use Word you might want to try out one of the Free Microsoft Word Alternatives we put up for you earlier.

[via Seattle Pi & Life Hacker]