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- First Look at Mozilla's Test Pilot Add-On for Previewing New Firefox Features
Mozilla announced today its new and revamped Test Pilot add-on that lets users preview upcoming Firefox features, and provide valuable feedback based on which the Foundation will decide if to include those features in future Firefox releases. If the name sounds familiar, a few years back Mozilla Labs used to provide a similar Test Pilot add-on for testing various Firefox features. Mozilla scrapped the project, but last summer rumors surfaced about a similar endeavor named Idea Town, which in the meantime was rebranded using the same Test Pilot name, and provided once again as an add-on. In its first iteration, the Test Pilot add-on is allowing Firefox users to evaluate three new features. These are Activity Stream, Tab Center, and Universal Search. Activity S...
- Facebook Caught in the Middle of a Censorship Scandal Regarding US Politics
Facebook denied accusations launched by former employees that said the company's staff working in its news curation department is actively suppressing news categorized as right-wing or conservative. Yesterday, under the veil of anonymity, a former journalist who worked for Facebook's news curation department, along with several colleagues who also worked with him, decided to go public with their experience while at the company. They told Michael Nunez, Gizmodo reporter, that some of Facebook's staff who were in charge of selecting which stories appear in Facebook's "Trending" section would regularly ignore actual trending topics, injecting other stories into the Trending widget instead. The former Facebook employees say that most of these ignored stories were of interest to the site's right-wing or conservative readership. Some of the ...
- Tor Developer Accuses the FBI of Harassment
Tor Project developer Isis Agora Lovecruft has published a blog post [also here] accusing the FBI of harassment for the past six months. Lovecruft's troubles started when she and her family were on vacation, and when an FBI agent dropped by her house and left his card, with a message to call him. Weeks passed by as Lovecruft mulled over the decision to call or not call the agent, knowing she had done nothing wrong. She also knew very well that the FBI was very interested in anything Tor-related. In recent months, it was discovered that the FBI paid the Carnegie Mellon University
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