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Facebook promotes ex-Mozilla engineer to CTO

Facebook promotes ex-Mozilla engineer to CTO

Facebook is going rampant with its changes. It has brought on a new targeted ad interface for marketers, a new and improved timeline, support for hashtags, and now a new Chief Technology Officer. Mike Schroepfer, previously the Senior Vice President of Engineering, has become the new CTO of Facebook, replacing interim CTOs Cory Ondrejka and Mike Vernal. It's still uncertain what Facebook will do with Ondrejka and Vernal.

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Mozilla will not bring Firefox to iOS

Mozilla will not bring Firefox to iOS

Mozilla stated at SXSW that it is not currently developing a version of its Firefox browser for iOS and it does not intend to do so in the future. Mozilla feels that it can better focus its time and development elsewhere because it won't be able to build the browser it wants on the iOS platform. As CNET says, it won't be able to "carry over its sophisticated rendering and javascript engines to iOS."

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Adobe Flash receives emergency update due to hacker exploits

Adobe Flash receives emergency update due to hacker exploits

Adobe released an emergency update to its Flash Player today that patches up a few security holes discovered in its system. Hackers were using the security holes in Adobe’s Flash Player to launch attacks solely at Firefox users. A security bulletin released by Adobe stated, “These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

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Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

Sony has announced that it will be launching its own Firefox OS mobile device in 2014. It’s joining the ranks of LG, Huawei, Alcatel, and ZTE in launching devices on the HTML5 platform. Bob Ishida, Deputy CEO at Sony, stated that Sony’s engineers are working alongside Mozilla’s in order to bring a Sony-branded Firefox device or devices to the world next year. The openness of the Firefox OS is attractive to Sony, who wants to create devices on a platform with little to no restrictions on usage.

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Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS devices will launch on 18 operators all across the globe and they will be the World's first "Open Web Devices". The first markets that will launch the devices include: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Sebria, Spain, and Venezuela, with more market places coming shortly after that. Mozilla is working with handset makers Alcatel, Huawei, LG, and ZTE to develop their Firefox OS smartphones, and all of the smartphones will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors.

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