Chris Beard Named CEO of Mozilla

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I am pleased to announce that Chris Beard has been appointed CEO of Mozilla Corp. The Mozilla board has reviewed many internal and external candidates – and no one we met was a better fit.

As you will recall, Chris re-joined Mozilla in April, accepting the role of interim CEO and joining our Board of Directors.

Chris first joined Mozilla in 2004, just before we shipped Firefox 1.0 – and he’s been deeply involved in every aspect of Mozilla ever since. During his many years here, he at various times has had responsibility for almost every part of the business, including product, marketing, innovation, communications, community and user engagement.

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First Commercial Web Games Launch Leveraging Mozilla-Pioneered Technology

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Mozilla is proving the Web is a powerful gaming platform by creating new technologies and developer tools that enable game creators to port their popular titles to the Web. One of the trailblazers using these technologies is Trendy Entertainment, which is leveraging Emscripten and asm.js to bring its highly popular Dungeon Defenders title to the Web. Trendy announced today it will release a version of Dungeon Defenders Eternity featuring the same visuals and gameplay as the native desktop version, but available on the Web at near native speeds. Later today, the full game will be available to buy on Steam.

This builds on the momentum from GDC early this year where several of the biggest names in the gaming industry announced they were bringing their innovative web-based tools to the Web, including Unity, with its WebGL add-on.

Here’s a sneak peak at Dungeon Defenders Eternity:

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Firefox OS Ecosystem Shows Strong Momentum and Expands Across New Devices, Markets and Categories

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Firefox OS has unlocked the mobile ecosystem and is quickly expanding across a broad range of devices and product categories in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Just one year after the first devices were launched, Firefox OS is now available on seven smartphones offered by five major operators in 15 countries, showing strong signs of ecosystem momentum and widespread industry adoption.

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Improving JPEG Image Encoding

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Editor’s Note: Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO, posted on his blog about Mozilla and the recent release of mozjpeg 2.0 and Facebook’s support for the JPEG encoder. This is reposted below:

Images are a big proportion of the data that browsers load when displaying a website, so better image compression goes a long way towards displaying content faster. Over the last few years there has been debate on whether a new image format is needed over the ubiquitous JPEG to provide better image data compression.

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Mozilla’s annual Maker Party begins today!

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Mozilla is thrilled to announce the official kick-off of Maker Party, our annual campaign to teach the culture, mechanics and citizenship of the Web through thousands of community-run events around the world.

Mozilla believes success in the 21st century depends on digital literacy: the skills people need to read, write and participate on the web. Maker Party is all about teaching these skills in a fun, hands-on way.  Participants meet up with others at events of all sizes to explore the how and why of building apps and webpages with code, design, media and interactive elements.

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Mozilla Festival returns to London in October

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Mozilla is excited to announce the Mozilla Festival (#MozFest) will return to Ravensbourne, a wired media and design campus in East London, from October 24th through 26th. Registration is now open: http://mzl.la/Mozfestticket

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MozFest is the birthplace of many of Mozilla’s best and most innovative ideas.  Hundreds of passionate people—journalists, coders, filmmakers, designers, educators, and gamers from all over the world—will convene for three days of productive skill-sharing and collaboration. The  Festival features interactive sessions designed to foster participation and learning, as well as dedicated time for hacking on ideas that emerge  when hundreds of bright minds gather together in one space.

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Mozilla announces a partnership with The New York Times, The Washington Post and Knight Foundation for a new online community platform.

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Mozilla is proud to announce a new partnership with The New York Times and The Washington Post, funded by $3.89 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to build a new, open-source content and commenting platform.

The community platform will allow news organizations to connect with audiences beyond the comments section, deepening opportunities for engagement. Through the platform, readers will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions, and manage their contributions and online identities. Publishers will then be able to collect and use this content for other forms of storytelling and spark ongoing discussions by providing readers with targeted content and notifications.

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President Obama Announces Mozilla’s Maker Party 2014 at First-Ever White House Maker Faire

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Today, at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, President Obama is calling for a national Day of Making, and paying homage to the makers, innovators, tinkerers, educators and entrepreneurs that are bringing ideas to life, and helping spread the maker ethos far and wide.

In the spirit of that effort, President Obama will also be helping us announce Maker Party 2014—the Mozilla Webmaker campaign to teach the web on a global scale through hands-on learning and making—as well as some of the key partners that will join us this year.

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Calling All Developers: Applications Now Open for 2015 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellowships

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Today we’re excited to announce that the applications to become a 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellow are now open.

This is the fourth year of the OpenNews Fellowship program, a collaboration between the Knight Foundation and Mozilla. Fellows can be developers, technologists, or anyone who loves to code, and spend 10 months focusing on writing code and solving problems in journalism while being embedded in a newsroom, afforded the chance to hack, present, and attend events around the world.

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Firefox OS ecosystem continues expansion and redefines the entry-level smartphone

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Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is demonstrating the latest advancements to its Firefox OS open mobile ecosystem at Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. These include a turnkey solution for Firefox OS smartphones in the ultra-low-cost category that will bring devices to India in the next few months; the addition of Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest operator, to the global roster of operators supporting the Firefox OS initiative; and new phones from ALCATEL and ZTE coming to market.

Sample device with Spreadtrum chipset.

Sample device with Spreadtrum chipset being demonstrated at Mobile Asia Expo.

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