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Firefoxers get paid to convert IE users

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Firefoxers get paid to convert IE users

Your friends may soon try to make a buck off of you. Mega-fans of Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox Web browser who call themselves "political activists" have set into motion a campaign to switch users from Microsoft's Internet Explorer to Firefox. According to IDG News Service's Elizabeth Montalbano, "The Explorer Destroyer Web site . . . offers Web-site owners scripting technology that will detect if a visitor is running IE. If so, an alert will appear directing them to download Firefox either to view the site better or at all. Whenever a visitor to a Web site using the group's technology switches to Firefox from IE, the owner of the Web site will get the referral fee if they have signed up for Google's AdSense program." It also allows the owners three levels of alerts for their IE users: "gentle encouragement," "semi-serious" or "dead serious."

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Telecom spokesman steps into blog breach

Note to the telecom lobby sends spokesman Mike McCurry into the blogosphere to defend the concept of a tiered Internet. Considering the reactions, that might have been a worse idea than tiered Internet itself. Either way, watching the HuffPo commenters go after McCurry was sort of like watching a pack of killer whales playing with a seal before eating it: entertaining, but not necessarily pretty.
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