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Today, Mozilla's community coordinator Asa Dotzler announced that future Firefox users will not be shown their browser's version number. Despite complaints and outcry from the community, Mozilla believes that this motion only gets rid of a feature that users do not care about. Instead of seeing a version number, Firefox will present a message that reads "You are running the latest version."  Dave Garrett, a Firefox Add-On developer, commented

"Even my mother knows this is where you look up what version of a program you're using. You're going up against established UX that spans much time and across OSes".

Sonatype Adds Java.net Projects Support

Sonatype, the company behind some of the most widely used tools in Java Development including Maven, announced a partnership with Oracle to bring Java.net projects to the "Central Repository". The move allows Java.net project owners to "easily automate and control synchronization of their Java.net project artifacts." The partnership aims to give development teams "faster builds, fewer integration problems and improved control of software component usage."

OpenLogic Jumps on the PaaS Bandwagon with CloudSwing

As if the PaaS market wasn't getting crowded enough, OpenLogic announced their take on Platform as a Service today with CloudSwing. The company just landed $2 million for their take on a PaaS, which will include support for LAMP, Nginix, Rails, Node.js, and Tomcat. CloudSwing also support several types of infrastructure clouds including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, and Windows Azure.

Google Moves Android App Inventor

As part of a movement to streamline its operations, Google announced that it will be shutting down Google Labs last week. Along with Google Labs went the Android App Inventor, an easy-to-use application creator for their Android platform with over 100,000 users. Instead of using a specific language, the App Inventor opted for a GUI-based programming interface aimed at non-developers. It seems that the project is not completely dead, however. The project will be moved to the MIT Center for Mobile Learning, where the inventor of the application Hal Abelson will continue running the project.

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