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. Continue reading …

Stay Connected to the Things you Love with Firefox

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Firefox puts you in control of your Web experience and is easy to customize so you can use the Web the way you want. You can make Firefox your own through the beautifully designed and powerful customization menu. You can add or move any feature, social integration service or add-on into the menu and when you’re done you can also choose from thousands of Themes to transform the look of your browsing experience.

Firefox is also first to make it easy for Facebook, Delicious, Weibo and others to integrate their services directly into the browser. Features like the Firefox sidebar, social sharing options and toolbar notification buttons help you stay connected with your friends and family via your favorite social networks no matter where you go on the Web. Now you can also add a new sidebar button into your customizable menu so access to social, bookmark and history sidebars has never been easier.

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DRM and the Challenge of Serving Users

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Today at Mozilla we find ourselves at a difficult spot. We face a choice between a feature our users want and the degree to which that feature can be built to embody user control and privacy. Here’s why.

People want to watch video, including movies and TV shows. Browsers must provide the ability to watch video or the browser becomes less and less the tool users need. A number of content owners (in particular film and TV studios) require technical mechanisms to reduce the ways in which people can use that content, such as preventing people from making copies.  This technical mechanism is generally called “DRM” for “digital rights management.”  Browsers must implement DRM in a way that makes the content owners comfortable. Otherwise they won’t allow their content to be viewed through that browser.

The industry is on the cusp of a new mechanism for deploying DRM. (Until now, browsers have enabled DRM indirectly via Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight products.) The new version of DRM uses the acronyms “EME” and “CDM.” At Mozilla we think this new implementation contains the same deep flaws as the old system. It doesn’t strike the correct balance between protecting individual people and protecting digital content. The content providers require that a key part of the system be closed source, something that goes against Mozilla’s fundamental approach.

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América Móvil Launches Firefox OS Smartphones

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Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire with Firefox OS launches in Mexico with América Móvil

Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire with Firefox OS launches in Mexico with América Móvil

We are excited to announce that América Móvil has become the fifth major operator to release Firefox OS smartphones. América Móvil Alcatel ONETOUCH FIRE devices are now available throughout Mexico through Telcel.  Mexico is the first country where América Móvil launches a Firefox OS device. Continue reading …

Love the open web? Now you can teach other people to love it too.

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At Mozilla, we talk a lot about why the open web is important. We build open technology, and even advocate for certain policies that help keep the web open, interoperable, and ours.

But at a certain point we have to ask — if not enough people understand the way the web works, or why keeping it open is important, are we doing all that we can?

That’s why starting today, Mozilla is offering a series of four online courses designed to help everyone from formal educators to enthusiastic engineers learn how to teach the basic mechanics, culture and citizenship of the web. Continue reading …

Mozilla Introduces the Most Customizable Firefox Ever with an Elegant New Design

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Mozilla is a non-profit organization driven by the mission of promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web. We work as a global community to build products like Firefox that embody the values of our mission and create more user control, flexibility and innovation on the Web.

In the nearly 10 years since we first launched Firefox, it has grown to be the trusted and most customizable browser of choice for half a billion people worldwide.

We reimagined and redesigned Firefox to reflect how you use the Web today and we are excited to introduce many features including an elegant and fun design, new menu, customization mode and an enhanced Firefox Sync service powered by Firefox Accounts. Continue reading …

Firefox for Android is More Customizable Than Ever

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Firefox for Android is now even more customizable with new home screen and sharing features that make it easier to get to your favorite Web content faster.

We’re introducing Firefox Accounts to power the enhanced Firefox Sync, so you can take your Firefox everywhere. Firefox Sync is easy to use and helps you quickly and safely synchronize all of your data including passwords, open tabs, form data, history and bookmarks between your computers and Android phones and tablets. Continue reading …

Mozilla CTO: Andreas Gal

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At Mozilla, our mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web and we do this by building trustworthy products and technology that give people more control over their online lives. Having a strong voice in the technology that underlies the Web platform and provides the foundation upon which the world builds products and services to bring that mission to life is critical.

Today, I am announcing the appointment of Andreas Gal as Mozilla’s new Chief Technology Officer. Continue reading …

Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund Awards $134,000 to Eight Grantees Across Chattanooga and Kansas City

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Today, Mozilla announced the eight projects in Chattanooga and Kansas City that will receive funds from the first round of the Gigabit Community Fund. The Fund, supported by NSF and part of the broader US Ignite initiative, is investing in organizations and projects that utilize gigabit technology to serve educational systems, support educators in and out of the classroom, and impact student learning. Grantees across the two cities will receive a total of $134,600 for a 12-week pilot period beginning Monday. Continue reading …