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- Chromification Continues: Firefox May Use Chrome's PDF and Flash Plugins
Mozilla announced today Project Mortar, an initiative to explore the possibility of deploying alternative technologies in Firefox to replace its internal implementations, as a cost-cutting measure. The project's first two goals are to test two Chrome plugins within the Firefox codebase. These are PDFium, the Chrome plugin for viewing PDF files, and Pepper Flash, Google's custom implementation of Adobe Flash. "In order to enable stronger focus on advancing the Web and to reduce the complexity and long term maintenance cost of Firefox, and as part of our strategy to remove generic plugin support, we are launching Project Mortar," said Johnny Stenback, Senior Director Of Engineering at Mozilla Corporation. "Project Mortar seeks to reduce the time Mozilla spends on technologies that are required to provide a complete web browsing experience, but are not a core piece of the Web platform," Stenback adds. "We will be looking for opportunities to replace such technologies...
- Spotify Interested in Buying Soundcloud
Music streaming service Spotify is in secret talks to acquire its main rival, Soundcloud, according to a report from The Financial Times. Negotiations are in their initial stages, but this is the third time Spotify has approached Soundcloud with a bid this year, after attempting the same during early spring, and again in June, after Soundcloud had raised $100 million from a group of investors that also included Twitter. Battle for the music streaming market intensifies Spotify, which has a paying customer base of over 40 million subscribers, is interested in boosting its userbase with Soundcloud's community, estimated to be of around 200 million users, most on free accounts. According to reports, Spotify is looking to beef up its catalog and subscriber numbers ahead of a battle with Apple Music for the top position in the music streaming market. After its failed ...
- Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and Amazon Launch Initiative to Regulate AI
Five of the world's largest tech companies have come together to create an ethics board for AI development, with the purpose of guiding future AI development and set industry-wide best practices. AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is slowly taking over basic services at all major companies. At the moment, AI technologies are still out of the grasp of smaller companies, but the technology is slowly spreading to more and more businesses and industry verticals. Before things get a chance to go haywire and Skynet becomes reality, some of the world's most talented engineers, currently working for the world's biggest companies, have come together to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, just like they did in the past with Internet and browser standards. New coalition is an open platform, similar to W3C This new coalition, named the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (
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