Mozilla tests file sharing service that deletes files after one download
The Firefox Test Pilot team at Mozilla has launched three new 'experiments' this month. The first two are Firefox extensions that add a note taking app, and 'voice fill' which uses speech-to-text in search engines similar to how the voice command button works on Android and iOS. However, the third — and we think the most exciting — new feature is a web experiment called 'Send.'
Send is a website that is available to users of any browser, which is designed to allow sending of one-time-download files. Instead of sharing data via a cloud storage provider which are intended to retain the files you upload, Send is designed only to allow a single download or 24 hours of activity whichever comes first. The data is encrypted on the client side and shared via an encrypted connection. Once the recipient has finished downloading the file, it is completely erased from the server.
While this could become a popular file sharing service, you can't rely on it staying around. Firefox Test Pilot is a similar service to Microsoft Garage or Google Labs. Other current experiments include one which segregates tabs into groups such as personal or work. Another which allows you to snooze a tab so that it returns when you want it to, which is ideal for those to always leave tabs open, or bookmark something and then forget about it. A third is a Firefox option which allows YouTube videos to run as miniature picture-in-picture style windows while you browse the rest of the web. However, Test Pilot experiments aren't guaranteed and can be closed at Mozilla's discretion.
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