Mozilla Blog: Reinstating net neutrality in the US

Mozilla Blog: Reinstating net neutrality in the US. “For almost a decade, Mozilla has defended user access to the internet, in the US and around the world. Our work to preserve net neutrality has been a critical part of that effort, including our lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to keep these protections in place for users in the US. With the recent appointment of Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the agency, there will be a new opportunity to establish net neutrality rules at the federal level in the near future, ensuring that families and businesses across the country can enjoy these fundamental rights.”

Neowin: Mozilla sets out its four climate commitments

Neowin: Mozilla sets out its four climate commitments. “Mozilla has set out its climate commitments today as it aims to significantly reduce its emissions and mitigate what it can’t avoid. Things it plans to implement include switching its offices to renewable energy, reviewing its travel policies, exploring cloud optimisation, and developing toolkits “for product integrity and design principles.” It will share more details of its plans as it works them out.”

BetaNews: Firefox 83 unveils improved page loading and responsiveness, HTTPS-only mode

BetaNews: Firefox 83 unveils improved page loading and responsiveness, HTTPS-only mode. “Mozilla has released Firefox 83.0, the latest version of its open-source, cross-platform web browser. A mere 28 days after the last major release, and version 83 makes its bow. Despite the short time between releases, version 83 manages to pack in more performance improvements, a new optional HTTPS-only mode, support for pinch zoom on touchscreens, and compatibility with new Apple Macs running the M1 chip.”

Mashable: See every major platform’s misinformation policies in this handy chart

Mashable: See every major platform’s misinformation policies in this handy chart. “From coronavirus to the election, preventing misinformation from spreading on social media is more important than ever. Even if many of the policies leave something to be desired, at least companies are attempting to take action. But just what those companies are doing can be tough to wrap your head around. Luckily, Mozilla has created a new resource that clearly lays out in a chart the misinformation policies of Facebook, Instagram, Google Search, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok.”

Neowin: Mozilla is worried about being collateral damage in Google’s antitrust case

Neowin: Mozilla is worried about being collateral damage in Google’s antitrust case. “Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of monopolistic practices to maintain its dominant position in the search market. Among the practices brought up in the case is the fact that Google pays to be in the default search engine on some devices and web browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox.”

The Next Web: Mozilla needs your help to expose YouTube’s recommendation algorithm

The Next Web: Mozilla needs your help to expose YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. “After installing the RegretsReporter and playing a YouTube video, you can click the frowning face icon in your browser to report the video, the recommendations that led you to it, and any extra details on ‘your regret.’ Mozilla researchers will then search for patterns that led to the recommendations.”

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.”

ZDNet: Myth-busting AI won’t work

ZDNet: Myth-busting AI won’t work . “People have myths because that is one kind of response to the unknown. If you take away their myths, you may leave them with nothing. That’s why a very well-intentioned, thoughtful effort of scholars over at the Mozilla dot org foundation to debunk nonsense about artificial intelligence is bound to fail.”

PC World: Mozilla’s paid, unlimited VPN service goes live

PC World: Mozilla’s paid, unlimited VPN service goes live. “Last year, Mozilla began testing the FIrefox Private Network, in its Test Pilot beta network. Today, Mozilla makes it official: the renamed Mozilla VPN is now available for Windows, for $4.99 per month. It rolls out in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand today, with plans to expand to other countries this fall.”

BetaNews: Thunderbird 78 unveils major UI changes, restricts add-ons to MailExtension API only

BetaNews: Thunderbird 78 unveils major UI changes, restricts add-ons to MailExtension API only. “Mozilla has released Thunderbird 78.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s the first major update of the popular open-source email client since August 2019, and is only available as a direct download — existing users of the Thunderbird 68.x series are advised to wait for a future release that will provide an upgrade path.”

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.”