Every now and then someone or something sells out, leaving you stunned and disappointed. I had a similar feeling when Apple announced that iAd would be “integrated” into the iOS leaving some – including me – with the impression that the iOS was going to become an operating system that tried to sell you something every 5 minutes. It made my skin crawl that such a thing might happen to the iPhone. Fortunately it didn’t work out that way and iAd remained exactly where it always should be – out of sight.
However LifeHacker have just reported that Firefox – one of the most outspoken advocates of privacy, freedom and anti-establishment has announced they are moving to an ad supported model.
We are yet to see how this will play out but according to Mitchell Baker – Chairman – it will feature sponsored tiles to “enhance” and “add value” to the users experience.
During Health Checks I have always added an updated Firefox to the Applications folder as an alternative should Safari have an issue at some stage. But rest assured as soon as this Ad supported version arrives I will be switching to something else.