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Browser Monopoly

The Browser Monopoly by Blair Reeves There is really only one Big Tech monopoly that I actively worry about. It’s not Amazon, Facebook or Apple, though they are all extremely dominant in their respective fields and do act in anti-competitive ways that merit regulatory remedy. Rather, the tech monopoly that I wonder about is arguably one of the more mundane parts of the modern internet experience: your web browser, and its most likely source – Google. Zeldman warned us about…

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Mozilla Blocking Tracking Cookies

According to Bucking the Norm, Mozilla to Block Tracking Cookies in Firefox, 55.4 per cent of the total time required to load an average website was spent loading third-party trackers. I find that indicative of a problem with US businesses. I think marketers have adopted a “by any means necessary” approach to destroying customers privacy. In the physical world, users wouldn’t expect hundreds of vendors to follow them from store to store, spying on the products they look at or…

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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. John Gruber…

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Netscape falls from the sky

Netscape falls from the sky Given AOL’s current business focus and the success the Mozilla Foundation has had in developing critically-acclaimed products, we feel it’s the right time to end development of Netscape branded browsers, hand the reins fully to Mozilla and encourage Netscape users to adopt Firefox. Alas, the end of an era and the end of my denying how old I am.…

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