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Mozilla launches Firefox Better Web extension powered by Scroll's ad-free subscription service

For digital publishers like Android Police, online ads provide a vital stream of revenue that helps us keep the lights on, despite taking up extra bandwidth for our readers and forcing content to load at a slower pace. Luckily, companies like Scroll have been working to disrupt the online ad industry, and they've reached an exciting new chapter in their journey. Mozilla is rolling out a very special extension for the Firefox browser — Firefox Better Web Beta — with Scroll baked in, and you can try it out today.

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Ad-free news subscription Scroll now hides unsightly toolbar by default (Update: AMP dark mode)

If you haven't heard of Scroll by now (where have you been?), it's this nifty service that removes ads from 300 of your favorite news sites, including Android Police. Although the service is quite young, its developers have been quick to implement changes that readers have been begging for. In the latest update, the unsightly Scroll bar along the bottom edge of the app is no longer activated by default while reading content.

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Dragon Quest of the Stars is available for download a day early, but you can't play it yet (Update: Out now)

Square Enix has revealed this morning that its mobile RPG Dragon Quest of the Stars is officially available on the Google Play Store for pre-download. We last heard about Dragon Quest of the Stars back in January when Square announced that the title was available for pre-registration and that it would be officially released on February 25th. Well, clearly today isn't the 25th, but you can indeed install Dragon Quest of the Stars a day early if you'd like to prepare for tomorrow's release.

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New Scroll subscription service removes ads from over 300 news sites, including Android Police

A new subscription service called Scroll launches today, offering advertisement-free access to over 300 sites, including The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, Gizmodo, The Verge, and even us: Android Police. Eventually, it will run you $5 a month, but you can try it out for the next thirty days for free, and those that sign up early get a 50% discount on their first six months of service.

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Electronic music radio DI.FM finally adds Android Auto support (Update: Other genres, too)

Electronic music fans must've been particularly nice this year as the popular electronic music radio app DI.FM gave them an early Christmas present: The latest update to the application finally adds Android Auto support, a feature some people have been wanting for more than a year already.

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Wikipedia co-founder created an ad-free social network that wants to be a better Facebook[citation needed]

All major social networks are financed by advertising and thus free to users who trade access to their data for cat videos and sometimes questionable news content. Wikipedia co-founder and internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales wants to change that. He is currently rolling out his donation-based "news focused social network" WT.Social to people interested in high-quality journalism and productive discussions.

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Netflix tests long-term plans discounted by up to 50%, starting in India

Netflix is now banking on its newer markets as growth in the US has halted amidst rising competition from up-and-coming, cash-rich services like Disney+ and Apple TV+. It’s been exploiting the growth potential in several Asian markets by releasing more regional content and targeting the untapped market section with a cheaper mobile-only plan. The company is also seemingly willing to get more aggressive with its subscription tiers as it’s testing discounted, long-duration plans with a small user group in the Indian market.

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Netflix might expand mobile-only plan to more markets outside of India (Update: Indonesia)

While Netflix is constantly raising prices across its subscriptions internationally, it also debuted a cheaper $3/month plan for mobile-only users in India back in July. The company seems to be caught by surprise by the success of the new tier and is looking to introduce similar inexpensive options to other low-income markets.

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Stadia Pro adds Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Farming Simulator 19 as free games on December 1 (Update: Refund for purchases)

Stadia Pro subscribers who pay $10 a month for expanded access and perks to Google's game streaming service currently have free passes for Destiny 2 and Samurai Shodown — as long as members keep paying for that subscription, they don't need to purchase the actual game to play it. And soon enough, there will be two more games to add to that list.

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(Update: Official launch and pricing) Wyze is testing a paid service for longer videos in the cloud

Wyze offers a selection of great smart home products at affordable prices, but it's best known for its capable and inexpensive security cameras. In addition to support for local microSD card storage, they can also upload events detected by motion to the cloud, but clips have always been limited to 12 seconds. Now the company is testing a paid option that lets you upload full events to the cloud, without duration restrictions and cooldown rates.

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