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Mozilla backtracks, ends Firefox tile ads

Mozilla backtracks, ends Firefox tile ads

Mozilla seems to be once more trying to redefine, or at least restructure, itself when it comes to its financial situation, particularly its sources of income. Barely weeks after it proudly revealed that it was no longer dependent on revenue coming from Google searches in its Firefox browser, the foundation is closing another source of revenue. It is announcing that it is putting a stop to its Suggested Tiles feature, more unpopularly known as Tile Ads, a major source of contention within its community and user base.

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Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla Foundation, the makers of the popular internet browser Firefox, have revealed that in order focus their efforts on continued development of their most used product, they are planning to spin-off the email and chat client Thunderbird. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to Mozilla followers, for while Thunderbird first debuted in 2004, shortly after Firefox, it hasn't been directly updated since 2012. This news comes direct from Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker, via company-wide memo.

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Firefox is finally now on iOS for real and for everyone

Firefox is finally now on iOS for real and for everyone

After a long, and really very long, wait, Mozilla has finally officially brought its Firefox web browser to Apple's mobile platform. While it initially said that it would not bring Firefox to iOS, Mozilla eventually relented and revealed last May that it was indeed working on somewhat of a port of the popular browser. Last September, it rolled out closed beta testing to users in New Zealand, hinting at an eventual public release some day soon. Well, that someday has finally arrived. Here's Firefox on iOS.

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New Firefox update adds built-in instant messaging

New Firefox update adds built-in instant messaging

Mozilla has announced the release of an update to its Firefox browser, now version 41, for both desktop platforms and Android. The biggest addition is that an instant messaging feature is now built right in, thanks to Mozilla's own Firefox Hello. The feature is currently limited to the desktop version of the browser, including Windows, Mac, and Linux, and lets users start chatting during a Hello video call. Even better is that once Chrome and Opera are updated to support WebRTC, Firefox users can chat with others cross-browser.

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Like it or not, Firefox Suggested Tiles have arrived

Like it or not, Firefox Suggested Tiles have arrived

Mozilla may be a non-profit organization, but that doesn't of course mean it's not interested in raising some cash on the sides. Even if the court of public opinion says otherwise. Months after it launched its contentious Directory Tiles, it has rather silently started pushing its perhaps even more criticized Suggested Tiles feature to the Firefox browser. Unlike the previous Directory Tiles, this one is clearly, and formally, more advertisement centric. But don't worry, as Mozilla claims it hasn't made a profit from it. Yet.

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Firefox for iOS preview rolls out in New Zealand

Firefox for iOS preview rolls out in New Zealand

In 2013, Mozilla declared that it will not bring Firefox to iOS because of both technical difficulties and Apple's own policies. What a difference two years makes. Back in May, Mozilla revealed that it was indeed working on a Firefox for iOS, or something resembling the popular browser. Now it is rolling out the first fruits of its labors, but limiting the availability to one country first while they test the iOS waters before adding one country after another. And that chosen country is New Zealand.

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Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Mozilla takes a giant step towards Firefox's total compatibility with browser extensions from the Chrome and Opera extension ecosystems. The plan is to switch out the extension API used for Firefox with one by the name of WebExtensions. With this API, developers will be able to create extensions that work with multiple browsers at once, bringing Firefox back into the mix where once they were excluded. This is all part of Mozilla's move toward a more user-friendly browser on all platforms.

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Firefox gets truly private browsing mode

Firefox gets truly private browsing mode

Firefox may become the browser of choice for the tracking-paranoid, with Mozilla testing an experimental stealth feature that supercharges privacy. The new Private Browsing option, released in a pre-beta version of Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, takes the existing privacy window and layers on blocking of third-party analytics and tracking systems.

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Firefox exploit discovered, but update is already available

Firefox exploit discovered, but update is already available

If you're a Firefox user and reading this, stop and update to version 39.0.3 right now. Mozilla has revealed on their blog that a nasty exploit has been discovered that can give someone access to the files on your computer. The security hole allows JavaScript to be injected, letting an attacker search your computer and then upload files to a server in Ukraine. Even worse is that fact that no trace of the breach is left behind, so users will have no idea the breach has taken place.

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Firefox browser blocks all vulnerable versions of Flash

Firefox browser blocks all vulnerable versions of Flash

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, has announced that it has blocklisted all versions of Flash that are vulnerable to security issues in the Firefox browser. The move comes after numerous security flaws that leave users running Flash vulnerable to hackers have been discovered on the Flash platform. The change to Firefox was announced by Mark Schmidt, the head of Firefox support, via Twitter recently.

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Firefox for iOS begins accepting beta testers

Firefox for iOS begins accepting beta testers

Firefox may have given up its title of "most popular desktop browser" some time ago to Chrome, but hasn't stopped Mozilla from working on the long-awaited iOS app. And it's likely there's plenty of Firefox users who've been looking forward to said app for some time. Their wait may soon come to an end, as Mozilla now seems to be looking for testers to take part in a limited beta.

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Firefox to get more ads via upcoming ‘Suggested Tiles’

Firefox to get more ads via upcoming ‘Suggested Tiles’

Firefox’s previous introduction of in-tab advertisements didn’t go over well with many users, but the outcry apparently wasn’t high enough to reverse things. Today Mozilla announced “Suggested Tiles”, which are advertisements that appear as tiles inside of a new tab. It differs a bit from the previous Directory Tiles (it is said to be a “complement” to them), and works by presenting content from advertisers that are personalized based on the user’s own activity. It is promised the ads are fully "user controlled".

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