Well, that didn’t take long.
It appears that Mozilla has finally cracked down from all the content industry pressure and is no longer against implementing DRM into its web browser, at least not against in a way that they refuse to do it. Everything else is pretty much just a PR talk.
At least for now.
Back in February, Mozilla has announced its plans to display ads Firefox’s New Tab Page, which, as you might have expected, did not go well with the community.
Now, it looks like the open source organization has come to senses and is ditching the idea, they said:
Just a quickie.
Now here’s a shocker: despite the fact that Firefox OS does not have any market share, the software giant has decided to allocate some of its resources and create a Bing app for Mozilla’s very own mobile platform. Check it out here.
Now if only Google would do the same and release some of their apps for platforms with at least some of the market share, aka Windows Phone.
Is it over?
It looks like Mozilla is about to get a new CEO as the most recent one, Brendan Eich has just resigned over the support of anti-gay marriage bill. The news come after a couple of Eich’s interviews where he repeatedly said that he will not resign over this issue. All sources claim that it was his own decision and that it wasn’t forced by the board.
According to recode, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker “became emotional at one point during the interview – noted that she was “doing a fair amount of self-reflection and I am wondering how did I miss it that this would matter more when he was the CEO.”
And the drama continues…
We hope that this was the April fool’s joke but in case it’s not, it looks like the new Mozilla CEO story is far from over.
In case you haven’t been following the news, back in 2008 Brendan Eich made a $1000 donation to support California’s Proposition 8 (anti-gay marriage), which now made a lot of people upset as he became the CEO of Mozilla.
Now here’s some drama to kick start your week.
According to the Wall Street Journal, three out of six Mozilla board members have stepped down before the new CEO announcement has been made public.
First in the list is a former Mozilla CEO, John Lilly, followed by another former CEO Gary Kovacs and CEO of online education startup Shmoop, Ellen Siminoff.
Forget about plugins.
After the recent announcement, it looks like Mozilla and Epic Games are finally ready to deliver and have since posted a video, which shows Unreal Engine 4 (Epic’s Soul and Swing Ninja demos) running in Firefox.
Recently, Mozilla has announced a new project called “mozjpeg’”, which aims to improve the overall compression of JPEG images, hence also enhancing web page load times.
So what they did so far was to take a fork of libjpeg-turbo (a JPEG image codec that uses SIMD instructions (MMX, SSE2, NEON) to accelerate baseline JPEG compression and decompression) and combine it with ‘jpgcrush’, which, according to Mozilla, reduced the overall sample size of 1500 JPEG images from Wikipedia by 10%.
Which makes it a rate of £100 an hour.
If you feel extra lazy today and can’t be bothered to install Firefox, then Dell’s installation service is here to rescue you. As it turns out, this is exactly what the tech giant is offering on newly purchased Dell kits.
Now, the story doesn’t end here, upon learning about such practices, Mozilla has started consulting with “legal teams” as this goes against their software distribution policy.
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Now here’s a new trend that will (hopefully) die soon: packing ads everywhere. The latest victim is Firefox web browser as Mozilla has announced plans to display ads in square slots that will be displayed in the New Tab page.
On a (slightly positive note), these ads will be displayed for first-time users only or the ones that haven’t occupied all tiles. Also, the open source organization said that “the sponsored tiles will be clearly labelled as such, while still leading to content that we think users will enjoy”.