Flash and Chrome: Google, Macromedia, Mozilla Play Nice

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For those who weren't paying attention, Google's Chrome browser has stormed its way into the Number 3 slot worldwide (behind MSIE and Firefox, respectively) — and all this without native Flash support.

No longer.  Google and Macromedia…er, Adobe's new alliance will put a genuine Flash Player into future versions of Chrome.  Future upgrades to the player will be loaded automatically through Google's own updating system.

Speaking of Firefox, parent company Mozilla is joining hands with both Adobe and Google to create a new API for browser plugins.  Based off Mo's existing NAPI, the interface will be both operating system and browser neutral: add-ons will be able to communicate their current state to both its programmer(s) and those of the host browser, as well as better ward off hacking attacks.

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