Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Dec 2017 19:39 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

For a long time, it was just setting the default search provider to Google in exchange for a beefy stipend. Later, paid links in your new tab page were added. Then, a proprietary service, Pocket, was bundled into the browser - not as an addon, but a hardcoded feature. In the past few days, we’ve discovered an advertisement in the form of browser extension was sideloaded into user browsers. Whoever is leading these decisions at Mozilla needs to be stopped.

Mozilla garnered a lot of fully deserved goodwill with the most recent Firefox release, and here they are, jeopardising all that hard work. People expect this kind of nonsense from Google, Apple, or Microsoft - not Mozilla. Is it unfair to judge Mozilla much more harshly than those others? Perhaps, but that's a consequence of appealing to more demanding users when it comes to privacy and open source.

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Interesting. I've used the browser before but wasn't aware of this feature. That page overemphasizes "youtube", which doesn't interest me much, and I couldn't tell whether the feature worked with other websites until I registered. It sounds neat but their website leaves me with more questions than answers. How am I supposed to know if a website is participating? Is this an open standard, or something proprietary? How do I pay for tokens and who manages it? What's the status? Is it being used today? It refers to "basicattentiontokens" and the ethereum block chain, but the relationship to the brave browser is not spelled out clearly. Is the brave browser using P2P?

Do you know of a better website with (alot) more details? The project seems like it could have merit, but they need to provide more information for people to become interested. Also part of the reason I said mozilla was in a good position to do micropayments is because the FF webbrowser still has a large userbase. Do you have any idea about brave's marketshare? The truth is it'll be a lot harder to gain traction with an unknown browser.

Thanks for mentioning it, I'll try to learn more about how it works!

Daniel over at has written a couple of articles about Brave (and flattr, which provides a similar service as a browser extension):

Edited 2017-12-20 11:04 UTC

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