Windows 10: Sponsored content in Firefox Nightly and Beta and soon with Firefox 60

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       01 May 2018 #1

    Sponsored content in Firefox Nightly and Beta and soon with Firefox 60


    Content on the web is powerful. It enables us to learn new things, discover different perspectives, stay in touch with what’s happening in the world, or just make us laugh. Making sure that stories like these—stories that are worth your time and attention—are discoverable and supported is central to what we care about at Pocket.

    It’s important for quality content like this to thrive—and a critical way it’s funded is through advertising. But unfortunately, today, this advertising model is broken. It doesn’t respect user privacy, it’s not transparent, and it lacks control, all the while starting to move us toward low quality, clickbait content.

    We believe the Internet can do better. So earlier this year, we started to explore a new model and showed an occasional sponsored story in Pocket’s recommendation section on Firefox New Tab. Starting today, we’re expanding this work further—now Firefox Nightly and Beta users may also see these sponsored stories. We’re preparing for this feature to go fully live in May to Firefox users in the US with the Firefox 60 release.

    What You Can Expect from Us

    When we started this experiment, we said that the platform we’re trying to create needs to be one that respects user privacy and puts control back into your hands. Meaning, it must deliver:


    This first bullet is a critical part of what we set out to prove. We’ve come to accept a premise around advertising today that users need to trade their privacy and data in exchange for personalized, high quality experiences. Our experiments over the last few months have proved that this isn’t true. We are indeed able to create personalized sponsored content that provides value to users without jeopardizing their privacy. This is an exciting result because it promises to create a more user-centered model for supporting content on the web.

    We have a lot more to do and we’re excited about the opportunity to make the web a better, healthier place.


    Source: A Privacy-Conscious Approach to Sponsored Content - Future Releases


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    Last edited by Brink; 08 May 2018 at 17:40.
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  2.    01 May 2018 #1

    A good time to switch to Edge?
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  3.    04 May 2018 #2

    jrolson said: View Post
    A good time to switch to Edge?
    Either that or Chrome. I just went back to Firefox 59.0.3 as Firefox 60 RC2 crashes in Windows 10 way too often.
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  4.    04 May 2018 #3

    Great. Just what the world needed: Advertisements inside your web browser. I don't like Chrome so maybe it's time to change to Edge.

    PS - Or maybe someone could come up with some registry hack or something to disable that "feature".
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  5.    04 May 2018 #4

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    Great. Just what the world needed: Advertisements inside your web browser. I don't like Chrome so maybe it's time to change to Edge.

    PS - Or maybe someone could come up with some registry hack or something to disable that "feature".
    The web is just turning into a modern day TV with all the commercials.
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  6.    04 May 2018 #5

    Firefox 61


    Using Nightly for about 2 months now and it is fast and stable. Never seen advertisements, nor any crashes. We don't even have the option (show sponsored Stories in Pocket) in version 61.0a1-x64
    If you don't want them, you just have to deselect Pocket. See screenshot (new tab = blank).


    Plus, Pocket can be killed in about:config

    extensions.pocket.enabled;false
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  7.    04 May 2018 #6

    MikeMecanic said: View Post
    Using Nightly for about 2 months now and it is fast and stable. Never seen advertisements, nor any crashes. We don't even have the option (show sponsored Stories in Pocket) in version 61.0a1-x64
    If you don't want them, you just have to deselect Pocket. See screenshot (new tab = blank).


    Plus, Pocket can be killed in about:config

    extensions.pocket.enabled;false
    So then you are OK with this:

    It’s your data, we’re just living in it - Future Releases
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  8.    04 May 2018 #7

    Josey Wales said: View Post
    Yes! They're all collecting data. Even Tor Browser Beta collects data. Our city collects data on air quality...

    telemetry.unified...
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  9.    04 May 2018 #8

    MikeMecanic said: View Post
    Yes! They're all collecting data. Even Tor Browser Beta collects data. Our city collects data on air quality...

    telemetry.unified...
    That does not make it right. Your city does not get the data from user's PC's but there is NO expectation of privacy at all anymore on the net which to me is a problem.
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       08 May 2018 #9
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