Mozilla Posts

Mozilla names former CMO Chris Beard as interim CEO

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Brandon Eich worked as CEO of Mozilla for a short period of time and now Mozilla has named Chris Beard as the interim CEO. Beard will also joined the Mozilla board of directors. Beard has worked through several positions at Mozilla. He joined Mozilla around eight years ago before joining Greylock Partners as an executive-in-residence in July 2013.

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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns due to pressure over gay marriage viewpoints

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Brendan Eich was the CEO of Mozilla that stepped down due to controversy about support for California’s Proposition 8, which is against gay marriage. Dating website OKCupid sent out a landing page calling for the resignation of Eich. The landing page was shown to users that visited its website using Mozilla Firefox. OKCupid urged users to switch to a different browser.
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Mozilla board members resign over CEO choice

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There are three board members that have reportedly left Mozilla because they wanted a mobile-focused leader than the Mozilla co-founder and newly appointed CEO Brendan Eich.
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Alcatel announces Fire 7 tablet and Fire C, E, and S smartphones

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Mozilla announced that the number of countries where its Firefox OS devices are available will be increasing due to support from Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom. Devices that run on the Firefox OS are coming to Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, and Montenegro.
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Mozilla is may sell promoted tile ads in Firefox browser

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Mozilla is going to start selling ads in the Firefox browser. The ads may be integrated into the new tab page. Publishers can purchased sponsored tiles that will appear along the normal tiles with a label that says “promoted.”
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Tech companies prepare to protest NSA tomorrow

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Reddit, Mozilla, and Yahoo!’s Tumblr are preparing to protest the NSA tomorrow. The protest is called “The Day We Fight Back.” Other organizations that are participating in the protest includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Participants of the protest are being asked to “install banners to encourage their visitors to fight back against surveillance.” Internet users are being asked to develop memes and are being asked to change social media avatars to reflect the demands.
[Source: VentureBeat]

Mozilla is adding Accounts, improved syncing, and a customizable UI to Firefox

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Mozilla has announced that they are adding several new features to Firefox. An Accounts feature is coming to the browser along with improved Sync. These features are available for testing in Firefox Aurora now.

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Firefox is releasing an Android launcher in a few weeks

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Mozilla has announced that they are releasing an Android launcher in a few weeks with the mobile Firefox browser built-in. Mozilla is not building a launcher from the ground-up, but they are releasing a rebranded version of the EverythingMe launcher. The Firefox launcher will include universal search, smart folders, and related apps.
[Source: Mozilla/TheVerge]