Download Manager (S3) Add-On Spies on Users

" Dan Callahan, engineer in Developer Relations at Mozilla, has told Softpedia that their staff contacted Mr. Popov, but he has yet to respond them. He also said they've also checked the developer's other plugins, and that besides Download Manager (S3) another add-on was also found to have a similar behavior and also removed from the add-ons portal. If Mr. Popov removes the user privacy intrusive behavior from his add-on's code, Mr. Callahan said that the Mozilla staff won't have any issues with relisting the add-ons on their portal. "
Source: Softpedia
Details ---> Download Manager (S3) Firefox Add-On Spies on Users - UPDATE

‘Give Microsoft Edge a Shot’

The title of this post sounds quite like a marketing gimmick by Microsoft to promote their new Windows 10 browser. It could be for a TV commercial or online advertisement. Actually it is the messages Windows 10 users may see if a new 'feature' in a forthcoming Windows 10 update is left in place when they attempt to change their default browser to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft has already made it a pain for users to change their default browser by making them do it from within the Windows 10 settings instead of allowing from within the browser itself. But, now they are begging you not to change your default browser. Again, this change is in a yet to be released update for Windows 10 and it could be yanked (though not likely unless say the EU gets on Microsoft's case again) before released to the public. via Forbes > Gordon Kelly

Firefox 41.0.2 Released

On Thursday, October 15th, Mozilla released an update for the Firefox 41.0 branch with Firefox 41.0.2. This update addressed the following issues: The next planned release will be Firefox 42 on November 3rd.  

Mozilla to remove NPAPI Plugins from ALL Firefox

Following in the footsteps of Google and Microsoft, Mozilla plans to eliminate support for the ancient NPAPI plugins (with the exception of heavily sandboxed version of Flash) in the next year. This would include the 32-bit versions of Firefox. There has been a lot of heated discussions in the past few months in regards to Mozilla removing the support of NPAPI plugins (mainly Silverlight and Java) from the upcoming (Firefox 43?) Windows 64-bit (Win64) version of Firefox. I agree this needs to be done as NPAPI plugin technology is over 20-years old from the Netscape days and is badly outdated not to mention insecure. The problem is some content providers such as Netflix still use Silverlight for users of Firefox while providing users of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge the modern HTML5 version of their services. It is hopeful this announcement from Mozilla will be the kick in the pants these content providers need to start doing away with Silverlight.
Mozilla intends to remove support for most NPAPI plugins in Firefox by the end of 2016. Firefox began this process several years ago with manual plugin activation, allowing users to activate plugins only when they were necessary. This decision mirrors actions by other modern browsers, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, which have already removed support for legacy plugins. Moreover, since new Firefox platforms do not have to support an existing ecosystem of users and plugins, new platforms such as 64-bit Firefox for Windows will launch without plugin support.
via Mozilla Future Releases

Tool to tweak Firefox about:config settings

Windows only at the moment - I'm not on Windows so can't try it out but it looked like something that may be useful for some.

Source: The Windows Club
Review  ConfigFox: Configure and tweak Firefox about:config settings
Source: gHacks Tech News
Review  ConfigFox: manage advanced Firefox privacy and security settings

Firefox 41.0.1 Released

On Wednesday, September 30th, Mozilla released an update for the Firefox 41.0 branch with Firefox 41.0.1. This update addressed the following issues:
  • Fix a startup crash related to Yandex toolbar and Adblock Plus (1209124)
  • Fix potential hangs with Flash plugins (1185639)
  • Fix a regression in the bookmark creation (1206376)
  • Fix a startup crash with some Intel Media Accelerator 3150 graphic cards (1207665)
  • Fix a graphic crash, occurring occasionally on Facebook (1178601)
  • Crash when serializing a principal with unknown app id (1205456)
The next planned release will be Firefox 42 on November 3rd.  

Firefox 41.0.1 Released

Mozilla release an emergency update for the Firefox 41 branch on Wednesday, September 30th with Firefox 41.0.1 release. This release addressed the following issues:
  • Startup crash in mozilla::layers::CompositorD3D11::GetTextureFactoryIdentifier()
  • Changing properties of a new bookmark while adding it acts on the last bookmark in the current container
  • Firefox hangs with flash plugins
  • Startup crash in nsStyleSet::GatherRuleProcessors(nsStyleSet::sheetType) possibly related to Yandex toolbar and Adblock Plus
  • Crash in mozilla::gl::GLBlitHelper::BlitImageToTexture
User should be prompted to update or can do so manually via Help > About Firefox or download and install the latest version viagetfirefox.com. The next planned release is Firefox 42 on November 3rd.

Firefox 41 Released

Mozilla release the next update to Firefox on Tuesday, September 22nd with Firefox 41.0. This release included many fixes, updates and changes which can be reviewed in the release notes. Also note:
  • Extension Signing Validation can still be disabled in this version by changing xpinstall.signatures.required to False in about:config.
  • There is not an official Windows 64-bit (Win64) version of Firefox 41, this is currently planned for Firefox 42.
User should be prompted to update or can do so manually via Help > About Firefox or download and install the latest version via getfirefox.com. The next planned release is Firefox 42 on November 3rd.  

Mozilla: Windows 10 and Users Choice

Mozilla Future Releases has published the article Windows 10 and User Choice, which talks about some the changes that have occurred with Firefox as a result of Windows 10. Besides Windows 10 making Edge your default browser (unless you do a custom install), web searches using Cortana are done though Bing. The article goes on to explain how they have been able to workaround some these changes. But first, they talk about the UI change in regards to the search feature for the Windows 10 version of Firefox:
User choice is a core principle with which we design our products. In particular, we’ve found that the best way to design products is to craft experiences where our users understand the choices they are making and ensuring those choices are respected. A recent example is how we evolved our strategy around search in favor of a more geographically targeted approach to search. First, when we changed the default search provider shipping with Firefox in a relevant geography, if a user had chosen a specific search provider as default before the switch, we respected that choice and made no change to that user’s default. Second, we redesigned the user interface to make it easier to both change the default search engine as well as choose different search engines on a per-search basis with a single click.
The irony here is Windows 10 users DON'T have a choice in getting the new search UI. From what I have read on the mozillaZine Firefox Builds forum, some folks don't like this change and there seems to be no (easy) way to undo it.