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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 rolls out Firefox OS Simulator version 3.0, adds Push to Device

Mozilla rolls out Firefox OS Simulator version 3.0, adds Push to Device

In the middle of December 2012, Mozilla launched Firefox OS Simulator version 1.0, which was followed up a short time later with the release of version 2.0. Less we get bored waiting, the company has now rolled out the 3.0 version, which it calls "rough around the edges." Among other things, Push to Device has been added.

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Stitcher launches plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome browsers

Stitcher launches plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome browsers

For a lot of people, it's impossible to make it through the day without having music playing constantly. There's no shortage of Internet radio stations or digital audio content to purchase or stream from a variety of services online. If you're a fan of Stitcher, the company has announced a couple new browser plug-ins.

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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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Sony releases experimental Firefox OS to advanced developers

Sony releases experimental Firefox OS to advanced developers

Sony has announced the availability of an experimental version of Firefox OS for the Xperia E. Aimed at providing advanced developers with the operating system so that they can get a feel for it and offer feedback, the release is accompanied by a lengthy starter guide on installing to an Xperia E, as well as a quick history on the OS. You can check out a video of it in action after the jump.

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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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Samsung won’t be putting Firefox OS on its devices

Samsung won’t be putting Firefox OS on its devices

We've been seeing Firefox OS crop up quite a bit lately, reporting yesterday that it will be launched on 18 operators globally. ZTE, Alcatel, Huawei, and LG are all on board for launching handsets with Mozilla's mobile OS, but there's one big maker who's device we won't see it on - Korean manufacturer Samsung.

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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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Firefox brings WebRTC capabilities to your mobile device

Firefox brings WebRTC capabilities to your mobile device

Mozilla plans on bringing Web Real-Time Communications not only to its Firefox browser on desktop PCs, but to mobile devices as well. Mozilla says that WebRTC features will be able to sync with your existing phone number, and you won’t have to download any additional plugins to use it. The WebRTC capabilities will be able to perform many functions, including voice/video calls and SMS/MMS messaging.

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Firefox 19 releases with built-in PDF viewer

Firefox 19 releases with built-in PDF viewer

The PDF file format is incredibly popular, and it's almost always used when sending documents to someone over the internet. Mozilla recognizes the PDF's ubiquity and has released Firefox 19 today, complete with a built-in PDF viewer. This allows users to skip the browser plug-ins altogether when opening up PDFs in Firefox.

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Mozilla to implement Click-to-Play for all Firefox plugins except Flash

Mozilla to implement Click-to-Play for all Firefox plugins except Flash

Mozilla has announced that sometime soon, it will be no longer automatically load any plugins on Firefox except the latest version of Flash, instead utilizing Click to Play, which requires users to manually authorize the use of a plugin. This is in an effort to reduce security risks that result from automatically using plugins like Java and Silverlight.

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