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    … in other words, Mozilla is bringing advertisements to the address bar.

    What data is shared if you enable contextual suggestions?

    To help you find information faster, Firefox Suggest uses a service provided by us to offer relevant suggestions to the text you are typing. When contextual suggestions are enabled, Mozilla receives your search queries. When you see or click on a Firefox Suggest result, Mozilla collects and sends your search queries and the result you click on to our partners through a Mozilla-owned proxy service. The data we share with partners does not include personally identifying information and is only shared when you see or click on a suggestion. To learn more about how Mozilla handles data, click here.

    Who Are Mozilla’s partners?

    Privacy is fundamental to Mozilla’s mission and we only work with partners that meet our privacy standards for Firefox. For sponsored results, our preferred partner is adMarketplace. We also provide results from Wikipedia. Results from Wikipedia are not sponsored.

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      You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

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        sigh at least I can turn it off.

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          All this because Mozilla leadership still haven’t set up Firefox to take community funding directly, and instead want to use people’s donations on their irrelevant projects.

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            As I understand Mozilla’s legal structure, you cannot at present give money to Firefox at all.

            Donations given to the foundation cannot be passed to the corporation. The irrelevant projects you mention (and there are a lot of them) come out of the Firefox profits so are eating the seed corn directly. I seem to recall off-hand that a lot of the donation money goes on grants to external organisations.

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              And how many people would actually give Firefox money directly?

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                I’d give them $1/mo for sure. Maybe more, depending on what they did with it.

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                  maybe if you could specifically give money to fund the useful parts like FTP and RSS support, and ALSA

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                    I’ve donated as much as $75/mo to neovim. I don’t donate as much nowadays but if I could donate to a specific dev working on furthering my interests in firefox, I would.

                    I wonder if something like Igalia’s open prioritization would work for Firefox itself.

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                      We won’t know until they try. But for some points of reference: bcachefs which is still an out-of-tree alpha level project gets 2k/mth, WhatsApp in 2013-14 charging a dollar/yr (easily avoidable) was decently profitable, Wikipedia gets lots of donations annually even though they don’t really need it, neovim gets probably $50k/yr between various funding methods and neovim is relatively obscure. You can still ask for money on the internet and get a decent sum. With enough users like FF, they could definitely give it a go.

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                    Seems US only atm:

                    Users outside of the U.S. will have local results only (browsing history, bookmarks, and open tab suggestions).

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                      I’m sick of defending Mozilla. I’m sure there are passionate Firefox developers who care about privacy, but the management keeps kneecapping them with things like this. It’s too much to bear, and they’ve really crossed a line this time.

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                        Bah, I’m done. I mostly use qutebrowser (sweetspot, daily driver) / nyxt (noscript docbrowser) / “ungoogled-chromium” (in desperate situations) and I want to quit the web browser anyway, the interesting part of the internet is moving off the web more and more anyway.

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                          the interesting part of the internet is moving off the web more and more anyway.

                          Could you elaborate, please? Are you talking about “the internet of things”?

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                            Probably non-WWW protocols like Gemini.

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                              I mean alternative protocols to http(s) and alternative ways to consume http(s) than a web browser.

                              Nothing mature or dominant yet but I feel most of the interesting tech is heading in a different direction.

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                            how about I suggest that you stop with this stupid bullshit no one asked for?