That Sponsored Tiles program from Mozilla, which I first wrote about in Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program, has gone live.
To refresh your memory, back in February (2014), Mozilla announced that some of the tiles in a new tab page in Firefox will be sponsored. In other words, ads from Mozilla partners. Note that you need to be using Firefox 33.1 to see sponsored tiles. They’re not available in Firefox 33.0 and earlier.
Its Google advertising contract was coming to an end. With 90 percent of Mozilla's income coming from Google, it was far from good news. With the contract ending in November, and no reason for Google to renew the deal with its Chrome Web browser success, things were looking dark as an overcast, moonless night for Mozilla.
Nevertheless, Mozilla executive Denelle Dixon-Thayer told ZDNet in an e-mail when asked if Google had talked with the company: "We value all of our search relationships and held conversations with all of our partners."
While no imminent switch is planned, Red Hat's Fedora Linux distribution in a few releases may move away from Mozilla Firefox as the default web browser.
Nothing is set in stone right now, but around Fedora 23 to 25 is when there might be a browser shake-up in the Fedora camp. The new default web browser isn't looking to be Google's Chromium as a lot of people might be guessing now, but rather the GNOME Web Browser -- Epiphany.
Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is happy to announce that Cherry Mobile will launch the first Firefox OS smartphone in the Philippines in the coming days. Cherry Mobile will offer the customizable and affordable Firefox OS smartphone – ACE – to their customers providing unique Web experiences through its open source mobile OS. Moreover, key app providers including Easy Taxi and OLX will partner with Mozilla to enrich Firefox Marketplace and expand the Firefox OS ecosystem in the Philippines.
It's with great pleasure that I can announce that, thanks to Mozilla's Jan de Mooij, the new ES6 generator functions are twenty-two times faster in Firefox!
A couple of months ago, I wrote about the tremendous potential for Mozilla to change the world by putting smartphone capabilities in the hands of hundreds of millions of people with its Firefox OS. That's an example of the project moving its focus away from the traditional desktop to a sector that is likely to become the dominant one in the next few years.
In a sense, Mozilla has already won on the desktop, turning a market totally dominated by one company - Microsoft - into one where there are now four alternative browsers, all implementing open standards. That's a huge achievement, but it's also true that Firefox's share of that market has been declining for some time, and is likely to continue to do so absent any major surprises in the sector. That raises the question: Where does Mozilla go now?
For some time now, Mozilla has been focused on making virtual reality come alive in browsing experiences. In June, the company delivered builds of Firefox that supported the Oculus Rift device and platform, and now the company has delivered a new site that demonstrates the virtual reality promise of the Web.
Birthdays are a time to reflect on past accomplishments. And ours – yours – was huge: we helped save the Internet. We saved the Internet by not accepting the status quo, by not allowing corporate interests to acquire a stranglehold on our online lives. At the time, Microsoft dominated the Web. It was becoming stagnant, locked down and shaped by the vision of one company rather than the creativity of all. Firefox changed that.