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Safari 4's browser war salvo

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Apple this week launched an updated public beta version of its Safari Web browser, and it's been making quite an impact. The revision boasts changes to tabbed browsing, searchable history, and a slick "most visited" start page. But it's Apple's claim of "world’s fastest web browser" that's getting the most attention – and scrutiny.

Safari 4.0 Beta has been available for free Mac or PC download since Tuesday. Here's a look at what people are saying:

On speediness

Productivity blog Lifehacker performed a browser speed test shootout, pitting the new Safari against Opera, Google Chrome, and two flavors each of Firefox and Internet Explorer (an official release and beta version each). The results weren't, as Apple's claim would imply, a blowout for Safari 4. But the new browser did perform admirably in most tests, and was a standout in Javascript. "Safari does nearly meet its boasts when it comes to JavaScript benchmarks, but isn't necessarily the best option for slower systems, or even general page-loading speed," Lifehacker concluded.

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