The Next Web: New Firefox for Android launches with souped-up privacy tools and a bottom address bar

The Next Web: New Firefox for Android launches with souped-up privacy tools and a bottom address bar . “The most important change here is the Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP), that’s on by default. It’s meant to prevent trackers from gathering your browsing pattern and data and using it for ads. While the browser lets these tracker load when you visit a site, it stops them from actually accessing your cookies — snippets of data that gather your browsing habits.”

IT Pro Today: Mozilla Shrinks to Survive Amid Declining Firefox Usage

IT Pro Today: Mozilla Shrinks to Survive Amid Declining Firefox Usage. “Mozilla has been watching the user share of its flagship Firefox web browser shrink for a while, so it was hardly a surprise last week when the company announced it was doing some belt tightening that would result in another round of layoffs. What was a surprise were the numbers involved: The company is laying off about 250 employees, for a staff reduction of 25%, and is completely closing its operations in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition, 60 employees will be shifted to new jobs, and the company will reduce spending on such things as developer tools, internal tooling and platform feature development.”

Sources: Mozilla extends its Google search deal (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Sources: Mozilla extends its Google search deal. “Mozilla and Google have extended their current search deal for another three years, multiple sources have told ZDNet. The new search deal will ensure Google remains the default search engine provider inside the Firefox browser until 2023 at an estimated price tag of around $400 million to $450 million per year.”

CNET: How to improve your privacy in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge and Brave

CNET: How to improve your privacy in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge and Brave. “Privacy is now a priority among browser makers, but they may not go as far as you want in fighting pervasive ad industry trackers on the web. Here’s a look at how you can crank up your privacy settings to outsmart that online tracking.”

VentureBeat: Mozilla Common Voice updates will help train the ‘Hey Firefox’ wakeword for voice-based web browsing

VentureBeat: Mozilla Common Voice updates will help train the ‘Hey Firefox’ wakeword for voice-based web browsing. “Mozilla today released the latest version of Common Voice, its open source collection of transcribed voice data for startups, researchers, and hobbyists to build voice-enabled apps, services, and devices. Common Voice now contains over 7,226 total hours of contributed voice data in 54 different languages, up from 1,400 hours across 18 languages in February 2019.”

BetaNews: Firefox Private Network VPN renamed to Mozilla VPN and priced at $5 per month

BetaNews: Firefox Private Network VPN renamed to Mozilla VPN and priced at $5 per month. “Mozilla is a company that I trust more than some others (I trust no person or company 100 percent, however!) thanks to its respectable data privacy principles. That is why I surf the web with Firefox whenever I can. That company has been beta-testing a VPN service of its own called ‘Firefox Private Network VPN’. Yeah, that name stinks as it is too wordy. Thankfully, the company has wisely decided to rename it to the much cleaner ‘Mozilla VPN.’ In addition, we learn how much the VPN service will eventually cost — $4.99 a month.”

Update Firefox: Mozilla just patched three hijack-me holes and a bunch of other flaws (The Register)

The Register: Update Firefox: Mozilla just patched three hijack-me holes and a bunch of other flaws. “Mozilla has emitted security updates for Firefox to address eight CVE-listed security flaws, five of them considered to be high-risk vulnerabilities. The patches, present in Firefox 77, should be downloaded and installed automatically for most users, so if you haven’t closed out and relaunched your browser in a while, now might be a good time.”

Lifehacker: How to Get Free Email Forwarding from Mozilla

Lifehacker: How to Get Free Email Forwarding from Mozilla. “Burner emails are the best invention since Hotmail. And permanent burner emails—fake addresses you give out when signing up for services that forward to your actual email address—are even better, because they give you a little spigot for turning off a large chunk of spam and other marketing bullshit in your inbox. Mozilla just started testing an email alias service called Firefox Private Relay, and I encourage you to check it out. Yes, you’ll have to use Firefox in order to install it, as it’s a Firefox extension, but that’s only for setup. Once you’ve got your dummy email up and running, you can go back to using whatever browser you want.”

Neowin: Mozilla pushes Firefox 74.0.1 fixing two zero-day exploits

Neowin: Mozilla pushes Firefox 74.0.1 fixing two zero-day exploits. “Mozilla has pushed Firefox 74.0.1 along with the related security advisory. The new update, which users are advised to apply soon, comes with fixes for two critical zero-day vulnerabilities. The new patches are also available for Firefox 68 users with version 68.6.1. Normally, the update will apply automatically, but you can go to the hamburger menu > Help > About Firefox and apply the patch manually.”

TechCrunch: Mozilla expands its partnership with ad-free subscription service Scroll

TechCrunch: Mozilla expands its partnership with ad-free subscription service Scroll. “Last year, Firefox turned on something called Enhanced Tracking Protection for all its users by default, blocking third-party cookies and crypto-mining. Scroll, meanwhile, is a startup that recently launched a subscription service allowing you to read sites like BuzzFeed News, Business Insider, Salon, Slate and Vox without ads, with the revenue split among the publishers that you’re actually visiting.”

The Register: Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

The Register: Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web. “The purpose of the Facebook Container is to let you continue to use Facebook but without having the social network site track your browsing elsewhere. ‘Installing this extension closes your Facebook tabs, deletes your Facebook cookies, and logs you out of Facebook,’ say the docs.”

BetaNews: Firefox 74 tightens add-on security, simplifies importing data from Microsoft Edge

BetaNews: Firefox 74 tightens add-on security, simplifies importing data from Microsoft Edge. “Firefox 74.0 ships with several new features, none of which are jaw-dropping, but all of which serve to further improve the browser’s privacy, security and usability. In addition, the Facebook Container add-on now gives users control over which sites are blocked from reporting back to Facebook.”