Fixing NewsBlur’s “Story” Pane When Browsing Securely on Firefox 23
One of my favorite features of NewsBlur is its ability to load the actual page a feed entry refers to within a frame of its news reader.
Certain feeds, such as the Dilbert Daily Strip feed, don’t display the content itself, encouraging subscribers to click through to the actual site. With Google Reader, that’s just what I had to do: click through. NewsBlur’s “Story” feature, though, allowed the viewing of these “click through” feed entries from within NewsBlur’s interface, which was fantastic!
Unfortunately, recently I noticed this feature stop working. Clicking “Story” and then choosing a feed entry to read resulted in a blank pane where the story was supposed to show up.
After a lot of trial and error, I discovered this issue was related to my recent upgrading to Firefox 23. In version 23, a new feature was introduced which blocks mixed content on encrypted sites to help ensure secure web browsing.
This resulted in an unintended incompatibility with a setting I had set on NewsBlur: “Only use a secure https connection.”
That setting forced my browsing to take place on https://www.newsblur.com/, causing any time I attempted to load content from elsewhere — such as feed stories in the “Story” pain — to register as “mixed” content with Firefox. Firefox flags it as insecure and blocks the content. This. Is. Annoying.
Fortunately, this is a known problem with Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, and may not always be an issue.
Til it is fixed, however, I’m able to browse NewsBlur as usual, “Story” pane and all, by disabling the “Only use a secure https connection” setting. For the time being, I also disabled my installation of the HTTPS Everywhere browser add-on, until Firefox’s “mixed content” blocking is updated to be a bit less intrusive.