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Mozilla to Offer Ad-Free News Subscription Service for $5 Per Month

For now the company is just running a survey that seems to be gauging interest and it remains unclear by when the service would be launched

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In June, a top Mozilla executive revealed that the company intended to start offering subscription services inside of Firefox this October. Wikimedia Commons

Mozilla, the maker of Open Source browser Firefox, is teasing an ad-free news subscription service for $5 per month, offering ad-free browsing, audio readouts and cross-platform syncing of news articles from multiple websites.

For now the company is just running a survey that seems to be gauging interest and it remains unclear by when the service would be launched. Previously, Mozilla had mentioned its plans of bringing a partnership-based subscription service with a news subscription start-up called Scroll, The Verge reported on Friday.

Scroll is still in beta and has not yet opened sign-ups, but the company claims to offer ad-free access to a variety of websites including BuzzFeed, Slate, Gizmodo Media Group properties and Vox Media sites.

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For now the company is just running a survey that seems to be gauging interest and it remains unclear by when the service would be launched. Wikimedia Commons

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In June, a top Mozilla executive revealed that the company intended to start offering subscription services inside of Firefox this October. The company has already been testing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service since 2018.

Apple is also attempting to establish its news subscription service called “Apple News Plus” that costs $10 per month, to offer people access to a wide variety of news. However, despite Apple’s global reach, the service adoption has been slow. (IANS)

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Microsoft Rolls Out ‘Tracking Prevention’ Feature to its New Chromium Based Edge Browser

Whenever a website is visited, trackers from other sites may save information in the browser using cookies and other storage mechanisms

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

Microsoft has rolled out a “tracking prevention” feature, designed to protect users from being tracked by websites that they aren’t accessing directly, to its new Chromium-based Edge browser.

“For now, tracking prevention must be enabled through Edge’s experimental flags by heading to ‘edge://flags#edge-tracking-prevention’ and toggling the flag to ‘Enabled’,” the Windows Central reported on Thursday.

“Relaunch the browser, and you’ll then be able to adjust your tracking prevention settings from the ‘Privacy’ portion of the main settings menu.”

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The “tracking prevention” is quite similar to the Enhanced Tracking Protection feature that Mozilla added to its Firefox browser in 2018; it was turned on by default for all users this spring. Pixabay

Whenever a website is visited, trackers from other sites may save information in the browser using cookies and other storage mechanisms.

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The “tracking prevention” is quite similar to the Enhanced Tracking Protection feature that Mozilla added to its Firefox browser in 2018; it was turned on by default for all users this spring.

But the mechanism is a little bit more complex. According to Microsoft, Edge’s new “tracking prevention” feature is possible because of the addition of a new component known as Trust Protection Lists, according to a report in the ZDNet. (IANS)