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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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Mozilla Firefox Works to Hide Pop-Up Notifications by Default from Next Year

Mozilla engineers have decided to hide the notification popup that drops down from Firefox's URL bar, starting with Firefox 72

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According to stats obtained by Mozilla Firefox, as many as 97 per cent of Firefox users either dismissed notifications altogether or chose to block a website from showing notifications at all. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to fight spam, Mozilla Firefox is working to hide notification pop ups by default in the beginning of next year, with the release of Firefox 72, ZDNet has reported.

The comes after the company experimented earlier this year to see how users interacted with notifications and also looked at different ways of blocking notifications from being intrusive.

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In a bid to fight spam, Firefox is working to hide notification pop ups by default in the beginning of next year, with the release of Firefox 72. Wikimedia Commons

According to stats obtained by Firefox, as many as 97 per cent of Firefox users either dismissed notifications altogether or chose to block a website from showing notifications at all.

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As a result, Mozilla engineers have decided to hide the notification popup that drops down from Firefox’s URL bar, starting with Firefox 72. If a website shows a notification, the pop up will be hidden by default, and an icon added to the URL bar instead, the report added. (IANS)