TechCrunch: Firefox will soon mute all autoplaying videos. “There are many things worse than autoplaying video and audio on the web. The world is a messy place, after all. But it sure is distracting when you surf to a website and suddenly some video starts playing at full volume. Google’s Chrome browser and Microsoft Edge both offer tools to disable these annoyances and, starting with the launch of its next version in March, Mozilla’s Firefox browser will, too.”
Bleeping Computer: Mozilla Halts Firefox 65 Rollout Due to Insecure Certificate Errors. “Mozilla has halted the automatic updates to Firefox 65 as users are unable to browse web sites due to certificate errors. These errors are being caused by conflicts between various antivirus program’s HTTPS scanning and Firefox 65.”
ZDNet: Firefox will soon warn users of software that performs MitM attacks. “The Firefox browser will soon come with a new security feature that will detect and then warn users when a third-party app is performing a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack by hijacking the user’s HTTPS traffic.”
Neowin: Firefox 65 launches with new online privacy controls, plus support for WebP and AV1 . “Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 65. The new update comes with some notable improvements including support for the next generation video codec, AV1, on Windows and support for the WebP image format that Google released several years ago. In addition, tracking protection has been made easier to understand with simplified controls in the settings menu.”
ZDNet: Firefox to remove misleading button after months of complaints. “After months of user complaints, Mozilla will remove a misleading “dark pattern” from its page screenshot utility. The problematic feature is the ‘Save’ button that appears when Firefox users take a screenshot. The issue is that the Save button doesn’t save the screenshot to the PC, as most users would naturally expect, but uploads the image to a Mozilla server.”
Mozilla Blog: Evolving Firefox’s Culture of Experimentation: A Thank You from the Test Pilot Program. “Test Pilot performed better than we could have ever imagined. As a result of this program we’re now in a stronger position where we are using the knowledge that we gained from small groups, evangelizing the benefits of rapid iteration, taking bold (but safe) risks, and putting the user front and center. We’re applying these valuable lessons not only to continued product innovation, but also to how we test and ideate across the Firefox organization. So today, we are announcing that we will be moving to a new structure that will demonstrate our ability to innovate in exciting ways and as a result we are closing the Test Pilot program as we’ve known it.” What in the world is a bold but safe risk?
BetaNews: Mozilla’s ‘experiment’ with banner ads on new tabs angers users. “Firefox users have expressed surprise, disgust and anger at the appearance of banner ads on new tabs in the browser. An advertisement appeared recently inviting users to make a booking via Booking.com.” Gah.