VentureBeat: Mozilla debuts Firefox extension that recommends content based on your browsing activity

VentureBeat: Mozilla debuts Firefox extension that recommends content based on your browsing activity. “The Advance web extension is available for anyone from today and can analyze content on current active web pages to recommend related tidbits you may want to ‘read next’ from other websites. It will also surface recommendations based on your recent browsing history in a ‘for you’ section.”

Lifehacker: Mailist Is Instapaper for Email Addicts

Lifehacker: Mailist Is Instapaper for Email Addicts. “We know we’re not supposed to let email run our lives, but we do it anyway. We use email as a to-do list, as an idea saver, as a place to email ourselves notes. And if that works for you, then here’s one more tool: The free Mailist extension for Chrome and Firefox collects your unread bookmarks and emails them back to you once a week.”

The Verge: Firefox is getting a new logo, and Mozilla wants to hear what users think

The Verge: Firefox is getting a new logo, and Mozilla wants to hear what users think. “Mozilla is redesigning the Firefox logo, with a little help from the rest of us. This time around, though, the plan isn’t just to create one new icon for the flagship browser, but to design an entire series of icons to fit the brand’s different ventures — from mobile and VR browsers, to screenshot and file sharing tools. Mozilla’s already uploaded some possible takes, and now wants users to comment on its blog for feedback about what the icons should look like.”

CNET: Chrome, Firefox rein in memory-hogging websites

CNET: Chrome, Firefox rein in memory-hogging websites. “Good news: Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome are working to reduce the amount of memory and other resources their browsers use. You might have noticed that browsers impose an increasingly onerous burden on your phone or laptop. Websites are getting bigger and browsers are getting features that make them more like full-fledged operating systems than mere document viewers.”

CNET: How to make YouTube faster in non-Chrome browsers

CNET: How to make YouTube faster in non-Chrome browsers. “Chris Peterson, technical program manager at Mozilla , pointed out this discrepancy on Twitter earlier this week, claiming YouTube was loading up to five times slower in Firefox. The slow loading in other browsers is due to YouTube’s use of the Shadow DOM v0 API, he says, which is now deprecated and used only in Chrome, meaning YouTube is significantly slower in virtually all other browsers. Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround for non-Chrome users: Revert back to the old design. Of course, the option to opt out of the new design is long gone. But there are browser add-ons and extensions that will bring it back and speed up your YouTube experience.”

Softpedia: Google Said to Deliberately Make YouTube Slower on Microsoft Edge, Firefox

Softpedia: Google Said to Deliberately Make YouTube Slower on Microsoft Edge, Firefox. “YouTube’s new Polymer redesign has brought not only improvements to the video sharing platform, but also a new controversy in the browser world, as non-Google browsers are said to be deliberately slowed down. The issue was brought to light by Chris Peterson, Technical Program Manager at Mozilla, who revealed on Twitter that a technology that Polymer relies on is only available in Google Chrome, in turn making Firefox and Microsoft Edge slower.”

CNET: Firefox users finally get option to block autoplay video, audio

CNET: Firefox users finally get option to block autoplay video, audio. “Firefox users are finally getting the option to block the video and audio that frequently begins playing automatically when you visit websites, something already offered on Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. The option was added over the weekend to Firefox Nightly, the latest test version of Mozilla’s popular web browser, asking users by default whether they want to allow a website to autoplay video with sound. Users also have the option to go into their preferences and block all sites’ autoplay ability if they don’t want to deal with it for each site they visit.”