Mozilla Posts

Report: Abitcool is developing a Chromecast competitor using Firefox OS


Mozilla is preparing to launch an HDMI-streaming stick that will let users fling content from compatible mobile or web apps to an HDTV. The device is manufactured by Abitcool and will be available later this year with global distribution. Mozilla has not named the product publicly, but it will be announced in the next few months. Mozilla has been providing Abitcool with engineering support to help them deploy Firefox OS for the device.
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Mozilla is reportedly launching a $25 smartphone by the end of year

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Mozilla is reportedly going to launch a device with the Firefox OS built-in. The new smartphone will cost only $25, according to The Wall Street Journal. Getting people to use the Firefox OS will be a challenge for Mozilla because Android and iOS are the two dominant mobile operating systems today. Each of them have large app stores that complement the mobile operating systems as well.

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Mozilla may be placing sponsored tiles on new tab page

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Mozilla is going to place sponsored tiles on its new-tab page as part of a new monetization strategy. Mozilla’s Vice President of Firefox Jonathan Nightingale wrote a blog post several days ago defending plans to include sponsored tiles on the new-tab page. This program will be rolled into the browser slowly. Sponsored content may be added to the new-tab page in the future as well. Mozilla first introduced this program at an Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in February.

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Mozilla releases Firefox version 29 with customization and improved syncing


Mozilla has launched version 29 of Firefox after launching the Australis redesign nearly two years ago. This is one of Firefox’s largest redesign since it moved to a rapid release schedule a few years ago.
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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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