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Effectively Measuring Search in Firefox

Last year, we announced new telemetry measurements to count follow-on searches that start in Firefox and continue on search engine pages. This follow-on measurement helped us understand our users and our business, but we’ve come to realize we still have major gaps. To address this challenge, we are deploying additional search measurements that will give… Read more

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Improving privacy without breaking the web

First: thank you to our passionate and active Firefox users who participated in this shield study! tl;dr – The Firefox Privacy team ran a user research study to learn how privacy protections affect users on websites. We learned some surprising things. There were 19,000 users and 8 variations of behavior within the experiment. We built… Read more

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Add-on recommendations for Firefox users: a prototype recommender system leveraging existing data sources

By: Alessio Placitelli, Ben Miroglio, Jason Thomas, Shell Escalante and Martin Lopatka. With special recognition of the development efforts of Roberto Vitillo who kickstarted this project, Mauro Doglio for massive contributions to the code base during his time at Mozilla, Florian Hartmann, who contributed efforts towards prototyping the ensemble linear combiner, Stuart Colville for coordinating… Read more

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Two Days, or How Long Until the Data is In

Two days. It doesn’t seem like long, but that is how long you need to wait before looking at a day’s Firefox data and being sure than 95% of it has been received. There are some caveats, of course. This only applies to current versions of Firefox (55 and later). This will very occasionally be… Read more

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Recording new Telemetry from add-ons

One of the successes for Firefox Telemetry has been the introduction of standardized data types; histograms and scalars. They are well defined and allow teams to autonomously add new instrumentation. As they are listed in machine-readable files, our data pipeline can support them automatically and new probes just start showing up in different tools. A… Read more

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Measuring Search in Firefox

Today we are launching a new search data collection initiative in Firefox. This data will allow us to greatly improve the Firefox search experience while still respecting user privacy. Search is both a fundamental method for navigating the Web and how Mozilla makes much of its revenue. Our research shows users have complicated search workflows.… Read more

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