PyPy: The Fastest Python Implemenation?
With the JIT-generator branch of PyPy development being merged into the main trunk a few days ago, David Ripton now thinks that it is the fastest implementation. Ripton's Project Euler program benchmarks compared PyPy to other Python implementations such as Unladen Swallow trunk, Jython 2.5.1+, CPython 2.6.6 with Psyco, and CPython 2.7. Overall, PyPy was slightly faster than Psyco, and both were over twice as fast as the most commonly used CPython.
Firefox 4 Hitting Snags
Mozilla has just missed the scheduled release date for Firefox 4 Beta 7 due to a "spectacular list of crashes." There are currently 17 blockers keeping FF4 from the seventh beta and 901 blockers that stand between developers and the final release. Meanwhile, Chrome is blazing towards hardware acceleration with the release of Chrome 8 on the dev channel while Chrome 7 is still in the beta channel.
Opera Getting Extensions - Calls For a Standard
Oracle's strategy is now clear
Fabrizio Giudici speculates that Oracle doesn't really want to shut Android down, but to take it under the OpenJDK umbrella.