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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

Updated Earlier this year, Jake Archibald, developer advocate for Google Chrome, found a bug affecting Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge – and had two very different experiences trying to get the problem fixed. Mozilla, he said this week in a blog post recounting the saga, responded within three hours. And because the browser maker …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jun 2018
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IoT CloudPets in the doghouse after damning security audit: Now Amazon bans sales

Amazon on Tuesday stopped selling CloudPets, a network-connected family of toys, in response to security and privacy concerns sounded by browser maker and internet community advocate Mozilla. The move follows similar actions taken by Walmart and Target last week. And other sellers of the toy are said to be considering similar …
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Pinging admins: Here comes your packet of networking news

Roundup What happened in networking this week? Well, for starters, Nokia acquired analytics company SpaceTime Insight, and will roll its capabilities into its Internet of Things business. SpaceTime Insight provides IoT analytics and applications for the transport, energy, and utilities sectors. Its focus was predicting asset failure, …
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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

The Mozilla Foundation has revealed that links to sponsored posts have started to appear in its Firefox browser and pledged to deliver them without invading users' privacy. Mozilla flagged it would add sponsored links to its browser in January 2018, after the 2017 acquisition of web-clipping service Pocket brought with it the …
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Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

The organization that tries to advance web technology standards – the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C – has run into a roadblock: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla. Earlier this week, the four major browser makers expressed dissatisfaction with the W3C's DOM 4.1 specification, which defines a variety of new capabilities …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Apr 2018
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Aw, all grown up: Mozilla moves WebAssembly into sparsely furnished Studio apartment

Mozilla has released a preview version of WebAssembly Studio, its browser-based integrated development environment (IDE) for creating code touted to be the future of internet software. WebAssembly is a low-level assembly language that can be written as text (.wat) and converted to binary (.wasm) or can be a compilation target …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Apr 2018
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Mozilla rejects your reality and substitutes its own … browser for VR and AR goggles

Mozilla has decided the world needs a browser designed for augmented and mixed reality goggles. The browser-baker has named its new effort “Firefox Reality” and said its interest in an AR/VR/MR browser is inspired by the same reasons it makes Firefox: a belief the world needs an open-source browser to keep the web open. …
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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

Sensing an opportunity in Facebook's squandering of public trust through its previously unrestrained giveaway of user data, Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled a defense against the social ad biz in the form of an add-on for Firefox called Facebook Container. The Firefox add-on, as its name suggests, attempts to contain Facebook's …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2018

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

Mozilla intends to add basic ad filtering capabilities to its Firefox browser later this year, according to its recently updated roadmap. The move follows from what Asa Dotzler, Firefox roadmap and community leader at Mozilla, describes as changes that are making the web experience worse. "Trackers, intrusive ads and other …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Mar 2018
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Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

Mozilla's plan to test a more secure method for resolving internet domain names – known as Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) via DNS over HTTPs (DoH) – in Firefox Nightly builds has met with objections from its user community due to privacy concerns. The browser maker's intentions appear to be beneficial for Firefox users. As …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Mar 2018
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Mozilla wants to seduce BOFHs with button-down Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation has released a Firefox for Enterprise with sysadmin controls to manage deployment. F4E arrives in beta form today. Firefox hooks into Windows Group Policy editor but will also include hooks for Linux and Mac. Organisations interested can apply here and BOFHs find more technical information in this recent …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Mar 2018
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Mozilla sends more snooping Web APIs to smartphone Siberia

Firefox has revealed it will bin more privacy-invasive APIs, deprecating access to the light sensor, device proximity sensor, and user proximity detection. The APIs in question have all been criticised for their invasive potential. For example, devicelight offered potential vectors for snooping on user browsing habits or even …

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

Some users who bravely test betas of Mozilla’s Firefox browser will soon also test an “occasional sponsored story” as the browser-maker tries to re-invent web ads. This story starts with Mozilla’s February 2017 acquisition of web-clipping app Pocket. Pocket let users bookmark content they like, then sync that list of sites …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2018
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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

Mozilla's Firefox has been patched to address more than 30 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The open-source browser has been updated in both its regular (Firefox 58) and extended support (ESR 52.6) flavors. You should install these as soon as possible. The Firefox 58 update includes fixes for critical memory corruption …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2018
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Mozilla edict: 'Web-accessible' features need 'secure contexts'

Mozilla has decided to further locking down the Internet with the announcement that developers can only access new Firefox features from what it calls “secure contexts”. The decision means that sites wanting to fingerprint or snoop on users with web features will still be able to, but only over HTTPS. Outside snoops will …

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

Now that the open source email client Thunderbird is sleeping in a separate bed from Mozilla, the project has called on outside help for a UI redesign. It's working with Polish designers Monterail to help with the redesign, partly because in 2016 that company created a popular custom UI theme for Thunderbird. Monterail's …
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Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

Mozilla’s announced it will add a “policy engine” to the next extended support (ESR) release of its Firefox browser. ESRs are supported for at least a year and give users the chance to settle on a browser for a while, rather than having to keep up with the faster release cadence offered to consumers. The next ESR release will …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018

Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

Updated Mozilla automatically installed a weird add-on to Firefox on people's computers – an add-on that turned out to be a marketing promotion for the hit telly show Mr Robot. The open-source non-profit dev house secretly slipped the oddity, dubbed Through the Looking Glass, into browser installations as a shield study. These special …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2017

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