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WordPress 4.7 Provides Improved Customization

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    December 06, 2016

WordPress 4.7 was released on December 6, providing the tens of millions of internet users that rely on it, with a long list of new features.

As always with every new major WordPress milestone, there is a new theme. For WordPress 4.7 the new theme is Twenty Seventeen, which provides users with video headers and features images.

Going a step further are improvements to the theme customizer, giving users even more control (though to be fair, WordPress has provided lots of customization options for a long time already). While menu building has also long been part of WordPress, the another promise of the 4.7 release is for a smoother menu building process.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

The Next Business Amazon Wants to Disrupt? Grocery Shopping

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    December 05, 2016

Waiting in line at a grocery store is a pain that I know all too well. Sure there are self-service checkout, but inevitably those end up being slower than full-service checkouts anyways.

Now Amazon is set to launch in early 2017 a new zero-checkout approach to grocery shopping. All the shopper needs to do is can a QR code in the Amazon Go app walking into the store and that's it. Shoppers don't need to scan individual items. Rather Amazon is making use of all kinds of techniques to be able to identify when a given shopper pick up an item and walks out of the store with it.

Amazon, a company that was founded on the idea of being an online marketplace, is now set to revolution the real 'market'.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Mozilla Reports 2015 Revenue of $421.3M

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    December 02, 2016

From the 'mo'zilla, mo-money files:

Mozilla reported its fiscal 2015 revenue on December 1, 2016 (yeah it's a year behind..) that showed firefoxcontinued strength.

For its fiscal 2015 year, Mozilla reported revenue of $421.3 million, up from $329.6 million that it reported Mozilla's revenue's have grown significantly over the last decade. The first year that Mozilla ever publicly disclosed its financial status was for its 2005 fiscal year, when the open-source organization generated $52.9 million in revenue.

As has been the case since 2005, for 2015 Mozilla notes that, "the majority of Mozilla revenue is from Firefox Web browser search partnerships around the world."

In 2014, Mozilla announced a major shift, moving away from Google to a new search deal with Yahoo. While there was were some initial concerns that Mozilla's revenues would decline as a result, that apparently didn't happen, at least for fiscal 2015.

With the pending sale of Yahoo to Verizon, there is likely some downside risk for Mozilla's fiscal 2016 calendar year. That said, Mozilla has more search partnership than just Yahoo.

"In 2015 and 2016, Mozilla entered into additional search partnerships, bringing our total to 12 partners and including all major internet search providers," Mozilla stated."The new search strategy diversified revenue sources for Mozilla. While some of this is evident in the 2015 financials, the improvement will be more notable in 2016."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at nternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist