Glitch-pixel artist MAX CAPACITY was one of the Webmaker Fellows asked to explore creative learning with open tools. as seen in the remixable piece “TV People: Bad News for Bumtown” (2013).

Check out this cool article by Kat Braybrooke from Mozilla

Hello, World: Let’s (re)make networked art.

Reflections from the Mozilla Festival’s first #ARTOFWEB community on the radical potentials of open, cooperative practices of [and by] the web.

Also, an invitation.

Yahoo and Mozilla Partner to Bring Yahoo Search to Firefox

By Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO

Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into a five-year partnership with Mozilla to make Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox across mobile and desktop. Mozilla is an inspirational industry leader who puts users first and focuses on building forward-leaning, compelling experiences. This is the most significant partnership for Yahoo in five years and we’re so proud that Mozilla has chosen us as their long-term partner in search. 

At Yahoo, we believe deeply in search – it’s an area of investment and opportunity for us. It’s also a key growth area for us - we’ve now seen 11 consecutive quarters of growth in our search revenue on an ex-TAC basis. This partnership helps to expand our reach in search and gives us an opportunity to work even more closely with Mozilla to find ways to innovate in search, communications, and digital content. I’m also excited about the long-term framework we developed with Mozilla for future product integrations and expansion into international markets.

Our teams worked closely with Mozilla to build a clean, modern, and immersive search experience that will launch first to Firefox’s U.S. users in December and then to all Yahoo users in early 2015. The interactive and integrated experience also better leverages our world-class content and personalization technologies.

Search inspires us because we think it’s something that will change and improve dramatically, and because fundamentally, search is about human curiosity – and that is something that will never be finished.

C-51 is sweeping in scope, including granting Canadian intelligence agencies CSIS and CSE new authority for offensive online attacks, as well as allowing these agencies to obtain significant amounts of information held by the Canadian government. The open-ended internal information-sharing exceptions contained in the bill erode the relationship between individuals and their government by removing the compartmentalization that allows Canadians to provide the government some of their most private information (for census, tax compliance, health services, and a range of other purposes) and trust that that information will be used for only its original purposes. This compartmentalization, currently a requirement of the Privacy Act, will not exist after Bill C-51 comes into force.

“The Bill further empowers CSIS to take unspecified and open-ended ‘measures,’ which may include the overt takedown of websites, attacks on Internet infrastructure, introduction of malware, and more all without any judicial oversight. These kinds of attacks on the integrity and availability of the web make us all less secure.

Firefox Developer Edition

Mozilla today launched Firefox Developer Edition, which it is calling “the first browser created specifically for developers.”

It’s not just a browser: it’s a developer tool that should simplify the process of building for the entire Web, whether you’re targeting desktop, mobile, or both.

It brings together the core dev tools you already rely on to build, test, debug and scale web content and apps.

The Developer Edition is being released in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the browser.

Ten years ago, we built Firefox for early adopters and developers to give them more choice and control. Firefox integrated WebAPIs and Add-ons to enable people to get the most out of the Web. Now we’re giving developers the whole browser as a hard-hat area, allowing us to bring front and center the features most relevant to them. Having a dedicated developer browser means we can tailor the browsing experience to what developers do every day. - Mozilla.

This is just the beginning! Everyone online will benefit by the support of devs in this great project by Mozilla.

I’m using and sharing. What about you?

Download now the Firefox Developer Edition.

Read the launch blog post from Dave Camp, Director of Firefox Dev Tools.
Mozilla expands advertising experiment to many more Firefox users - CNET

The current “directory tile” ad experiment shows only for new Firefox users. A new “enhanced tile” program to launch soon will mean existing users can see some ads, too.

Well, this is exactly why I stopped using firefox. I do not want ads in my browser, also they endorsed DRM in HTML5, contributing to a further lockdown of the internet in the name of copyright.

They had their chance of being relevant, but we have better alternatives now. Use a firefox fork such as Pale Moon or Waterfox instead, don’t support what Mozilla has become. And especially don’t switch to Chrome, either.

Firefox for Windows 10

Microsoft has adapted to windows 10 so that users have to set a default app for applications like web browsers, calendar, or mail. This is the huge change for Chrome and Firefox browsers because the setup installers for Firefox and Chrome can no longer set as the default browser.

Mozilla CEO Reaction

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard accuses that Microsoft’s decision to make its Edge the default browser in Windows 10 an “aggressive move to override user choice.” Mozilla isn’t happy with Microsoft’s decision.
When Mozilla Lost Its Way The Mozilla Way

John Gruber on the news that Mozilla is finally going to bring Firefox to iOS:

Practicality wins. I’ve long suspected that Mozilla’s leadership didn’t understand why Firefox beat IE. It wasn’t because Firefox was idealistically superior — open source, free of charge, superior support for open standards — but because it was just plain better to use.

Speaking from personal experience, I recall when I started using Firefox and that’s exactly right. I could not have cared less about any idealistic stance about the “open web” or some such at the time – I didn’t even know what that meant. I just cared that Firefox was faster than IE.

At the end of the day, products matter, not ideologies. 

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Mozilla Isn’t Happy Microsoft Has Made It Harder To Switch To Firefox In Windows 10

Microsoft has altered Windows 10 so that users have to explicitly set a default app for applications like mail, calendar, or web browsers. The change means the setup installers for Chrome and Firefox can no longer set themselves as the default browser during the install process. Mozilla isn’t happy with this change, and the company is calling on Microsoft to reverse what it calls an “aggressive move to override user choice on Windows 10.”

In a blog post and open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard outlines the company’s concerns. “It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows,” claims Beard. “It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost.” Mozilla has created a video to demonstrate the amount of clicks required to set Firefox as the default browser.

If an app like Chrome or Firefox wants to set itself as the default it can still generate a pop-up on first launch, but it now throws a Windows 10 user to a new settings page to then choose the actual default app. Mozilla’s argument that this is more complex is fair as there are more steps to take to actually change your default browser and it will likely generate confusion among some consumers. It’s not exactly clear why Microsoft changed this behavior, but the company did justify it as a way to reduce “some of the unwanted noise that multiple prompts can bring” during the testing of Windows 10.

Source: Read more from The Verge

We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.

Lukas Blakk, Mozilla’s “Release Manager”, tweeting after a company event in Portland.

This is obviously quite a change-of-tune for Mozilla from the rhetoric of the past. And it’s welcomed, but it’s hard to envision a way Firefox can get a foothold on iOS in 2015. The web may not be dying, but web browsers are increasingly marginalized on mobile – and third-party ones in particular.