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Firefox de-Googled

Google is having a right old clear-out, it seems. Not content with cutting its Labs section (see previous story), it's also announced it's doing away with the Google Toolbar for Firefox.

Long before Google had its own browser, the fast and popular Chrome, it had Google Toolbar, which added a host of Google-y functions to both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. But now Google say that Firefox is sufficiently advanced the new version doesn't need a toolbar. 'For Firefox users, many features that were once offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox are now already built right into the browswer, they say. 'Therefore, while Google Toolbar for Firefox works on versions up to and including Firefox 4 only, it will not be supported on Firefox 5 and future versions.'

This was probably inevitable from the day Chrome was launched, but we can't help but feel Google is being a bit disingenuous about it. Why not just say, 'we don't want to improve a competing product'?

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