Browser maker is reluctant to give up on the idea of sponsored content
Back in February of this year, Mozilla's VP of Content Services, Darren Herman, announced plans to sell advertising space in Firefox in the form of sponsored "Directory Tiles" on a new Tab page. These would consist of pre-packaged content for first-time Firefox users -- upon loading Firefox, they'd see a page with nine tiles in three rows of three, and some of the suggestions would be paid-for content, or ads. That idea didn't go over well with the web community, so Mozilla has decided to abandon sponsored tiles and will experiment with the tab page instead.
There haven't been very many "Wow!" moments since Mozilla switched to a rapid release schedule for its Firefox browser that includes frequent updates with mostly minor upgrades. Not this time. Mozilla today rolled out Firefox 29, and with it is a brand new look and feel. Mozilla wanted to give Firefox an "elegant" design while simultaneously overhauling the layout so that it would be the most customizable version yet.
Mozilla co-founder was pressured to resign due to his support of an anti-gay marriage law
After barely more than a week on the job, Brendan Eich has made the decision to resign as Chief Executive Officer of Mozilla, and is giving up his seat on the board as well. Eich was named CEO on March 24, 2014, which immediately drew the ire of several employees and members of the LGBT community over his support of California's anti-gay marriage law, otherwise famously known as Proposition 8.
New clutter-free interface comes three years after last major design change
Mozilla on Thursday released a new beta build of its flagship product. Not only does the Firefox 29 beta with its minimalist ‘Australis’ interface bear a striking resemblance to Chrome, it also packs a much-improved Chrome-like approach to browser syncing.
Notice to new Firefox users: You've been served (ads)
Mozilla has decided that the best course of action going forward is to fill all those blank squares in new tabs with sponsored content (ads, for the layman). The new initiative is called Directory Tiles and it's intended to "improve the first-time-with-Firefox experience," or at least that's the sales pitch from Darren Herman, Mozilla's Vice President of Content Services. It's his job to diversify revenue and sustain Mozilla's mission through innovation in content and personalization products, and this is one way he plans to do that.
The industry needs a better way to survey software
Now that January is in the rear view mirror, we're presented with our first opportunity to see which browsers are off to a promising start in 2014 and which ones are destined to be also-rans. The problem with attempting to do so is the lack of reliable data. To show you what we mean, let's first look at data from NetApplications, which has Internet Explorer in a dominant position with a 58.21 percent share of the browser market. Looking at the numbers, IE is pretty much untouchable.
Net Applications data show trends in users changing browsers
Are you a faithful Firefox or Google Chrome user? It appears a good portion of Firefox users are jumping ship to join the Google Chrome bandwagon. Statistics from Net Applications show (via PCWorld) a sharp decline in Firefox usage, with a rise in users flocking to Google Chrome during June and July.
Pirate Browser is an enhanced portable version of Firefox
The Pirate Bay is fighting against censorship while celebrating its 10th anniversary by releasing a browser. That's right, the "Pirate Browser," by way of the infamous BitTorrent site, is a combination of Firefox 23, the Tor client, and special proxy configurations as well as bookmarks.
Maybe car insurance reps should offers discounts based on browser choice
There are lots of ways to save money on your car insurance. A good agent will help you find all the discounts available to you, but would you be willing to switch browsers if it meant a cheaper rate? To be clear, that's probably never going to be an option, but what is happening is that Firefox users, on average, end up paying cheaper premiums than those who drive any other browser.