Google on Wednesday released Chrome 11 to the Stable Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame, and in doing so, paid a combined bounty of $16,500 to bug hunters. That's the most Google has ever had to retrieve from its treasure chest for a browser update, and the sultan of search was more than happy to do so in order to plug up more than two dozen security holes, the majority of which carried a security rating of "High."
While some of the bug discoveries went unpaid, the rest were worth anywhere from $500 to $3,000 , the biggest payout awarded for "possible URL bar spoofs with navigation errors and interrupted loads."
As for the browser itself, Google says "Chrome 11 contains some really great improvements including speech input through HTML." Internet users need a microphone to take advantage of this feature, and one of the first services to utilize speech input is Google Translate , which includes a listen option.
This is also the first stable version of Chrome to incorporate the new flat logo.