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Inside Dev (Jan 16th, 2020)

1. Mozilla has laid off 70 people, including some of its senior employees. The move comes after the company said it failed to earn more revenue from new subscription products, such as the Firefox-specific virtual private network (VPN), called Firefox Private Network, and other alternative income "sources outside of search." "Our 2019 plan underestimated how long it would take to build and ship new, revenue-generating products," Mozilla chairwoman and interim CEO Mitchell Baker wrote in an internal memo. "Given that, and all we learned in 2019 about the pace of innovation, we decided to take a more conservative approach to projecting our revenue for 2020." Baker adds that employees who were let go will receive “generous exit packages” and outplacement support. - TECHCRUNCH

2. GitHub has released its beta mobile version for Android smartphones. Developers can run the beta on any phone using Android 5.1 or later, although they must sign up to test the Android app if they weren't already on the waitlist. GitHub says that only a limited number of users will be able to use the beta at the moment, but more will be able to do so in the future. The news comes after GitHub initially announced it was expanding to mobile and released a beta for iOS at GitHub Universe 2019. - GITHUB

3. Throwback Thursday: This week one year ago, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case against Domino’s Pizza that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) also applies to sites and mobile applications. As a result, American courts could now order companies to make their websites WCAG 2.0 compliant. At the time, the case was sent back to a lower court in California, but by the end of 2019, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal by Domino's and opted to let the decision from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stand. Now, people who are visually impaired are legally able to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible.

4. React framework Next.js 9.2 is now available. In this new release, applications can now directly import .css files as global stylesheets, while developers can now import and use locally scoped CSS where they would like to in their application. Other new changes include support for catch-all routes, an improved code-splitting strategy, and more. - NEXT.JS

5. Microsoft has released Windows Terminal preview v0.8. For this release, Microsoft has added search functionality to the Terminal, which developers can use by typing in {"command": "find", "keys": ["ctrl+shift+f"]}. In addition, users can also now customize their profiles.json to have their own default profile settings, while the company has also added enhanced panes, tabs key bindings, and CRT retro effects to the terminal. - MICROSOFT

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside. 

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