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Will Mozilla fill Open Office product holes?

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Yesterday, Paula laid the smackdown on IBM for not going after Microsoft Outlook with its Symphony announcements.

Before Big Blue could even rise from the mat, however, the Mozilla Foundation tagged me with news it was expanding its Thunderbird initiative with $3 million seed funding and David Ascher, formerly of ActiveState, as CEO of the new unit, dubbed Mailco.

Ascher, who is and will remain based in Vancouver, blogged that while the new firm will technically be for-profit its main aim will be “to serve the public benefit.”

There remain areas of speculation, of course:

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