I made several small changes, updates and corrections to Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations.
I added Smart RSS Reader to the article, Firefox Extensions – My Picks.
Ever since Mozilla moved to the WebExtension API my once favorite news feed reader, Newsfox, became obsolete and apparently the developer had no plans to port his extension. I've been looking for a suitable replacement since then and in the process i have tested many feed reader add-ons for Firefox, none of which i really liked. Feedbro is currently the most popular, feature rich and capable, but i don't like the developers ethics. For starters he uses an 'All Rights Reserved' license and refuses to publish the code on a suitable platform, such as GitLab. Also the only support option he offers is email. Lastly, the last Feedbro update was a total disaster in that the reader became the equivalent of an image; in other words, nothing worked and nothing could be clicked. I run a hardened Firefox with a lot of privacy and security enhancements and i have to wonder what this developer is doing that conflicts with my security/privacy settings.
Smart RSS Reader by 'zakius' is a newcomer that was first released on AMO in February, 2019, but it it works fairly well as a basic 3-pane feed reader and the developer is friendly, open to suggestions and very active in its development with over 800 commits. If you're looking for a decent feed reader, check it out. It's getting better by the day and the code is on GitHub.
My admiration for Mozilla and its flagship product, the Firefox web browser, has diminished greatly over the years. To understand why i have lost a huge amount of respect for Mozilla as a company, we'll explore what Mozilla is and some of its controversial activities.
Many of us probably tend to associate the free, open-source software (FOSS) community with individuals or small organizations that selflessly give away their work expecting little or nothing in return, however this perception is wildly inaccurate in the case of the Mozilla Foundation which rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The vast majority of this revenue is generated as a result of Mozilla's partnerships with various ethically challenged and proprietary search engine companies such as Google, Yahoo, and others (you can read more about this in the article, Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations). As the masses now know, these corporations track our web activities and sell the collected data to advertisers, governments, intelligence communities and who knows who else or for what other purposes. Other nefarious Mozilla partners have included Microsoft, Telefónica, LG Electronics, Sony, Verizon and Cisco. These kinds of partnerships could hardly be more at odds with statements Mozilla has made in its manifesto, including "Committed to you, your privacy and an open Web