Mozilla’s annual revenue rose 8% to $562 million year-over-year, which CNet attributes to an expanded search deal between Firefox and Google. Yet “Over the last year, the number of people using Firefox monthly has dipped from about 300 million to about 277 million,” it notes, citing Mozilla data.
Although it admires a number of its features, The Verge is doubtful whether Google’s new Pixel Slate will successfully compete against the iPad and other tablets. “Even though the Pixel Slate checks boxes that the iPad Pro does not, it’s not better,” it writes. “In every place where the iPad is restricted but elegant, the Pixel Slate is open but slapdash.”
For Gmail users, Google’s auto-complete technology will not suggest gender-based pronouns, Reuters reports. That’s because “the risk is too high that its ‘Smart Compose’ technology might predict someone’s sex or gender identity incorrectly and offend users,” Reuters reports.
Amazon says Cyber Monday set a new world record for product sales. “That means the shopping event topped Black Friday and even Amazon’s own sales event known as Prime Day, which this July had become the biggest sales day in Amazon’s history with more than 100 million products sold,” TechCrunch writes.
Google Maps now allows people to include hashtags in business reviews. “For example, if you’re reviewing a restaurant that would make an excellent #datenight spot, you can simply add the appropriate hashtag,” TechCrunch writes. “Google suggests that users add up to five hashtags per review.”
U.S. Supreme Court justices now appear to be open to allowing a lawsuit to proceed against Apple, which accuses the tech giant of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the iPhone app marketplace, Reuters reports. “The case may hinge on how the justices apply one of the court’s past decisions to the claims against Apple,” it writes.
Eight popular apps in the Google PlayStore have been abusing user permissions as part of a multimillion-dollar ad fraud scheme. That’s according to Buzzfeed News, which cites research from app analytics and attribution firm Kochava. ‘Seven of the apps Kochava found engaging in this behavior are owned by Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese company listed on the New York Stock Exchange,” BuzzFeed reports.
The British Parliament has seized internal Facebook documents that apparently contain revelations about decisions that precipitated the Cambridge Analytica fiasco. “It is claimed they include confidential emails between senior executives, and correspondence with [cofounder/CEO Mark] Zuckerberg,” The Guardian reports. “The seizure is the latest move in a bitter battle between the British parliament and the social media giant.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing additional measures to fight spam calls and texts, Engadget reports. “The first proposal would create a database of reassigned numbers that would stop businesses (law-abiding businesses, at least) from calling numbers after they’ve been changed,” it writes. As such, “You’d hopefully get fewer sales pitches intended for others.”
Some top media firms were having troubling using Facebook ad-buying system earlier this week, Bloomberg reports. “The system is now back up but working slower than normal,” it writes, citing sources. “The hiccups hit just before Black Friday, one of the biggest U.S. shopping days of the year.”