Mozilla's Planning to Splash Ads in Empty Firefox Tiles

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popetorak

I wish people would stop thinking that Mozilla is one guy programming a browser. They made over 600 million last year, and now they are putting ads in the browser

https://blog.mozilla.org/advancingcontent/2014/02/11/publisher-transformation-with-users-at-the-center/

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popetorak

I wish people would stop thinking that Mozilla is one guy programming a browser. They made over 600 million last year, and now they are putting ads in the browser

https://blog.mozilla.org/advancingcontent/2014/02/11/publisher-transformation-with-users-at-the-center/

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PCWolf

So, they want to annoy users with Ads? They better not be those annoying Ads, or I'll have to add those Ad Server URLs to my HOST file.

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bjoswald

Thank goodness for Ad Muncher.

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Vano

As much as I hate ads, I think it's a good idea for Mozilla. As long as the ads are not intrusive, are safe and easy to distinguish between ads and actual history sites, then go for it.

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ZX9RDan89

Agreed. Mozilla has been providing good free software for years. I don't mind if they make a bit of money.

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Renegade Knight

Seems like a good way to open the door for more exploits.

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Neufeldt2002

Not really surprised by this, although I am disappointed. Sadly this is where the industry thinks they need to go, and if done properly won't piss off the majority of users. Although, there is an icon in the shape of a grid in the top right corner on the "New Tab" page that when clicked hides the squares and just gives you a blank page. If Adblock Plus doesn't block the ads, and if they add them to the blank page, I can see people being pissed.

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Richardbs

The last thing a browser needs is more ads. The most popular extensions are the ones that BLOCK them. Study what people want most and do it. People wanted fast/simple browsers. That's one of the reasons Chrome is #1 now.

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wolfing

I wonder if Adblock will block these. I smile whenever I need to use another browser and see all the ads I don't normally see in my Firefox. (Ahem, exclusing maximumpc.com of course, yeah, hmm... how about them Yankees?)

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Bucket_Monster

Install adblock. Done.

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Incognito

I used to be a big fan of FireFox but it's getting harder and harder to stay on this sinking ship. At work I have to use Chromium because most of our tools are written in JavaScript and FireFox is just way too slow to be efficient - Chromium (and Chrome) completely blows FF out of the water with our tools. I was still using FF at home, mainly due to one plugin which doesn't have an equivalent on Chromium (Chrome) but after using Chromium at work all day and coming home to use FF you really notice how slow FF is in comparison. Unfortunately, once this change goes through I'll be done with FireFox completely and I'll just live without the plugin.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

reaffirmed my decision to stick with chrome

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vrmlbasic

ROFLing at the irony.

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firefox91

All youz data belongz to Google.

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Bucket_Monster

That's pretty hilarious reasoning. Google is far more of an intrusive ad giant and data mining operation than Mozilla could ever hope to be. Also, I use adblock so I probably won't even see these ads in Firefox.

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praetor_alpha

Chrome pushes Google services into your face, so it's not that much better, IMO.

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LatiosXT

Which happily tracks what you're doing to serve you tailored ads.