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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 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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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.
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.
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.
Panasonic has partnered with Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser. Mozilla will be putting their software on smart TV sets starting with Panasonic. The Firefox OS will be used in smart TVs to let viewers watch Internet video and interact with friends online. Mozilla made the announcement at CES in Las Vegas.
Mozilla has reported that they hit around $304.5 million in revenues from royalties in 2012, according to their annual release of financials. Around 90% of those revenues came from Google. Google renewed their search deal with Mozilla in late 2011. Google committed to paying nearly $300 million per year. One of the perks that Google receives is being the default search engine for the Mozilla Firefox web browser.