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Waterfox web browser sold to System1

Post by therube » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:14 pm

Waterfox web browser sold to System1

It appears that the Waterfox web browser has been sold to System1 recently, the same company that bought the Startpage search engine some time ago. To be precise, Startpage was bought by Privacy One Group Ltd which System1 owns. System1 is an advertising company that tries to "make advertising better and safer, while respecting consumer privacy". ...
https://www.ghacks.net/2020/02/14/water ... o-system1/
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Re: Waterfox web browser sold to System1

Post by therube » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:35 pm

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Re: Waterfox web browser sold to System1

Post by barbaz » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:38 pm

*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!
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Re: Waterfox web browser sold to System1

Post by kukla » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:51 am

https://old.reddit.com/r/privacytoolsIO ... e_sold_to/

Mix of reactions there from outright disdainful, cynical-distrustful, as in sold-out, so bye,bye, to shrugs, to wait and see, to a very few who are welcoming.

Me, I don't know what to make of it. Presentation of what this means seems all just a bit too fudgy. Alex keeps stressing that nothing's changed, that this group is focused not on advertisng, but on "syndication", whatever that's supposed to mean. Think we're edging very close to euphemism territory with that, if not not fully inside. Further, he seems to say it means nothing more than an "arrangement" whereby all proceeds from Bing go the CA group (wolves costumed as sheep?), and are no longer split. But "sold to" "aquired by" has to have some real meaning. Can only wait and see. I never really thought that an ambitious enterprise like WF, growing as it had to include builds and versions all over the place was sustainable by one person. So hopefully with adequate resources, and if things don't go full-on venal.
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Re: Waterfox web browser sold to System1

Post by kukla » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:45 pm

System1 is a consumer internet and applications company with the most powerful audience expansion platform in the industry.

As one of the largest purchasers of digital advertising in the world, we are redefining user acquisition through paid marketing and are able to attract new audiences at scale for our properties and our partners. https://system1.com/
Time to uninstall?
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Re: Waterfox web browser sold to System1

Post by therube » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:05 am

Why?

Did something change with WF between last week & today?
(Now going forward, I guess you'll have to keep abreast of what's happening...)
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