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Mozilla has been expanding its social network. The company has just announced a special release of Firefox with Bing search. This means that users can opt to make Bing their default search engine. Part of a revenue-sharing agreement with Microsoft, the new build is available for download from a Microsoft-hosted site.
While it might not appear so to the vast majority of observers (and customers), Netflix’s recent changes may have been the right ones, says ZDNet’s David Hamilton. The company has made a series of awkward moves (at best) to shift its business model from a DVD-and-streaming company to a streaming-only company. In the process, it lost 810,00 net subscribers in the third quarter and has seen its stock prices tumble to $77.37. But this might not be such a terrible thing, says Hamilton.
Airbnb might have raised $112 million in new financing in July, but according to its co-founders, the company had to find its way through the “trough of sorrow” before it reached legitimacy. Speaking at San Francisco’s Failcon, an event in which entrepreneurs discuss their start-up defeats, Airbnb founders Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky describe the “trough” period as one in which they were in debt, broke, and struggled to get investors to listen.
Google appears to have an interesting relationship with the U.S. government. And it boils down to one thing: privacy. On the one hand, the company’s Transparency Report tool makes the government’s requests for citizen’s information transparent. On the other hand, Google’s own privacy policies will now be monitored twice a year, for the next 20 years, by the Federal Trade Commission.