Forms a new privacy initiative called Polaris.
In an effort to protect its user’s privacy, Mozilla has announced a new strategic initiative with the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Tor Project, which they hope will support and advise Polaris projects that should benefit everyone.
As a result, two new experiments have been announced as well (under Polaris belt), focusing on anti-censorship technology, cross site tracking protection and anonymity. In addition to that, Mozilla will also start hosting Tor middle relays, which will make the whole Tor network more responsive.
Meet its new sugar daddy.
After 10 years of partnership (and ~$300 million / year) it looks like Mozilla and Google have decided to part ways.
In a new deal announced yesterday, the open source organization has announced a 5 year search deal where Yahoo! will be the default search provider for Firefox (and yes, you can always switch it back to Google).
BlackBerry and Windows Phone get no “love” at all.
Following the 10th birthday and search deal negotiations with Google, Mozilla is using the momentum to blast Google and Apple mobile operating systems for their lack of openness.
According to Mozilla’s chief technology officer, Andreas Gal, both dominant OS’es lack transparency as users are not informed on what happens with their data.
Sugar daddy contracts.
Back in 2011, Google and Mozilla extended their partnership (where Firefox will set Google as a default search engine) and now it looks like the agreement is nearing the expiration date.
The good news? Both sides are already talking and the money should continue flowing (unless something terrible happens).
On November 9, 2004, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 1.0 web browser, which at that time brought pop up blocking, add-ons, online fraud protection and more. Back then, even Google promoted it and lured people away from then everyone’s hated Internet Explorer.
Now, ten years later, the open source organization is celebrating 10 years of Firefox, which is currently sitting at the build 33.1 (stable).
Posts a teaser.
In a pretty stale web browsers world where today’s innovations seem to be tied to the social integration, it looks like Mozilla is (almost) ready to unveil a web browser created specifically for web developers.
While the open source organization is short on details, they did reveal few things: the new web browser is said to include tools like WebIDE and Firefox Tools Adapter, and lastly, it’s coming in 7 days, on November 10th, 2014. Check the teaser below.
But is it worth the investment?
In the effort to expand its Firefox OS platform, it looks like Mozilla is looking to ports the very same software to Raspberry PI, a small single board computer that can be bought for as low as $25.
According to the open source organization, there will also be a 2015 FX OS Challenge where developers will be able show what have they been working on, more details to follow. As far as the development phases go, no specific timelines and all we have is a 2015 date.
Humble Mozilla Bundle
Who knew that one day you will see Mozilla sponsoring the Humble Bundle campaign. If you are not aware about such concept, basically, a player decides how much he or she wants to pay for the games (you can even buy a bundle for $1 or so), then pays and plays them.
Another month, another CEO.
It seems like Mozilla has been replacing CEOs more often than some people replace their socks and today the open source organization has announced “the chosen one”: Chris Beard.
Who is he? Mr. Chris Beard first joined Mozilla back in 2004 so he does know a thing or two about the company. Earlier this year he re-joined the company as the member of the Board of Directors and the interim CEO.
Starts testing mozjpeg 2.0.
When it comes to standard JPEG compression, it’s not exactly all sunshine and rainbows, in fact, most of the times the pictures look rather bad.
Well, things might change for the better soon, at least for Facebook pictures as the company has just announced its plans to test Mozilla’s mozjpeg 2.0 format. In addition to that, the social giant has also donated $60,000 in an effort to fund the development of said format and mozjpeg 3.0.