Firefox 4 Beta 11 is now available for download at the official Mozilla website. The release is mainly a bug fixing release with the exception of one feature addition.
The do not track feature that Mozilla announced earlier this year is now included in the browser.
Update: The feature has been moved to the privacy tab in recent versions of Firefox. There you can enable "tell sites that I do not want to be tracked" to send them information with every connect about that. You can load about:preferences#privacy in the browser to open that page directly. End
The Tell Web sites I Do Not Want To Be Tracked option is an opt-in option which means that it is disabled by default. Firefox 4 Beta 11 or newer users find the option under Alt-key -> Tools > Options > Advanced.
It is not clear why it has been moved to the advanced tab and not the privacy tab where it feels more natural.
The feature enables a Do Not Track header that signals websites that you want to opt out of behavioral tracking. Websites have to interpret the header correctly and advertisers need to abide by it for it to have a positive effect.
The second change is only visible in pre releases of Firefox 4 Beta 12 or later. Mozilla has finally changed their mind and moved the link url information from the Firefox 4 address bar back to the bottom of the browser screen. The urls are now displayed in a Google Chrome like fashion in the lower left corner of the screen. Users who have the add-on bar enabled will notice that the link information are posted above the toolbar.
The move is definitely a step in the right direction considering that felt alienated by the decision of the development team to move the information in Firefox 4 to the address bar.
It is interesting to see that the team is reverting some of the design and interface changes they did introduce in earlier development builds of the browser. Interested users can download the latest official beta from the Mozilla website.
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