Ars Technica: Mozilla lays off 70 people as non-search revenue fails to materialize

Ars Technica: Mozilla lays off 70 people as non-search revenue fails to materialize. “Mozilla has laid off 70 people, TechCrunch reports. It’s a significant move for an organization that employs around 1,000 people worldwide. ‘You may recall that we expected to be earning revenue in 2019 and 2020 from new subscription products as well as higher revenue from sources outside of search,’ wrote Mozilla interim CEO Mitchell Baker in a memo to staff obtained by TechCrunch. ‘This did not happen.'”

BetaNews: Firefox 72 improves site notifications tool, rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux

BetaNews: Firefox 72 improves site notifications tool, rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux. “Mozilla has released Firefox 72.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 68.4 and Firefox ESR 68.4.0. Mac and Linux users gain the picture-in-picture video feature introduced for Windows in Firefox 71. Fingerprinting scripts are now blocked as standard with this new release, while intrusive pop-up notifications from websites have been confined to the Address Bar to prevent disruption when browsing.”

TechCrunch: Mozilla launches the next phase of its Firefox Private Network VPN beta

TechCrunch: Mozilla launches the next phase of its Firefox Private Network VPN beta. “Mozilla today announced that its Firefox Private Network (FPN), which lets you encrypt your Firefox connections, is now in an extended beta after a few months of relatively limited testing in the Firefox Test Pilot program.”

The Register: Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy

The Register: Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy. “Adblock Plus founder Wladimir Palant confirmed this week Mozilla has taken down the Avast Online Security and Avast-owned AVG Online Security extensions he reported to the browser maker, claiming the code was snooping on users’ web surfing.”

Mozilla Blog: Questions About . org

Mozilla Blog: Questions About .org . “Last month, the Internet Society (ISOC) announced plans to sell the Public Interest Registry (PIR) — the organization that manages all the dot org domain names in the world — to a private equity firm named Ethos. This caught the attention of Mozilla and other public benefit orgs. Many have called for the deal to be stopped. It’s not clear that this kind of sale is inherently bad. It is possible that with the right safeguards a private company could act as a good steward of the dot org ecosystem. However, it is clear that the stakes are high — and that anyone with the power to do so should urgently step in to slow things down and ask some hard questions.”

Mozilla Blog: Mozilla and BMZ Announce Cooperation to Open Up Voice Technology for African Languages

Mozilla Blog: Mozilla and BMZ Announce Cooperation to Open Up Voice Technology for African Languages. “Today, Mozilla and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have announced to join forces in the collection of open speech data in local languages, as well as the development of local innovation ecosystems for voice-enabled products and technologies. The initiative builds on the pilot project, which our Open Innovation team and the Machine Learning Group started together with the organization ‘Digital Umuganda’ earlier this year. The Rwandan start-up collects language data in Kinyarwanda, an African language spoken by over 12 million people. Further languages in Africa and Asia are going to be added.”