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Revised Mozilla Public License — Beta 1

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blog.lizardwrangler.com: In March of this year we kicked up a process to update the Mozilla Public License. We recently released the first beta of the MPL 2.0 and we believe that this beta is now feature complete, meaning that it addresses all major known issues.

Firefox 4 Beta 8 Coming December 21, Beta 9 Teased

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conceivablytech.com: The next Firefox 4 Beta is scheduled for a release next Tuesday, while the following beta is already being teased as a pre-release. Mozilla is also reacting to the accelerated release schedule of Chrome and is evaluating new release models, including the integration of a Chrome-like Flag model of beta features.

In the Browser Game, Open Source Players Continue to Define the Pace

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ostatic.com: As 2010 draws to a close, one of the biggest open source stories of the year continues to be the ongoing decline in market share of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, as Google Chrome and Firefox take share from it.

Firefox UI man quits Mozilla

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theregister.co.uk: Mozilla user-interface guru Aza Raskin is leaving the open source outfit to start a new venture called Massive Health.

Why Mozilla doesn't back Free Flash players

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networkworld.com: Despite Apple's best efforts to make it go away, the Web is still littered with Flash-based sites and content. The lack of an open source alternative to Adobe's Flash player is still a major pain point for Linux users and vendors, and the proprietary player is a big source of bug reports for Mozilla. Which brings the question: Why hasn't Mozilla backed one of the projects to create an open source player?

Firefox 3.6.13 Update Available

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ghacks.net: Just like promised Mozilla has delivered an update to the stable branch of the Firefox web browser. The update, which is released on the same day as the Mozilla Thunderbird update, fixes several security and stability issues in the web browser, making it a recommended update for all Firefox 3.6.12 and earlier users.

Meet the Newest (and Cutest) Mozillians

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blog.mozilla.com: On June 14, 2010, two female firefox (a.k.a red panda) cubs were born at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee, and as of today, they’ve officially joined the Mozilla community.

Firefox: freedom's just another word for 'kerching!'

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theregister.co.uk: Apparently, one can have too much freedom. That's one takeaway from The Wall Street Journal's revelation that Mozilla killed a new Firefox tool, which would have limited advertisers' ability to track users across the web.

15 add-ons for Thunderbird you may need to try

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unixmen.com: Add-ons are useful if you want to add new functionality to Thunderbird or change its appearance. Today i chosed some nice add-ons that hope thunderbird3will be useful for you.

Firefox 4 beta 8 slated for Dec 7

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zdnet.com: Firefox 4 Beta 8 is now slated for availability on December 7. Beta 8 was tentatively scheduled for release Nov 30th but the team continues to fix blockers, nail down security holes and synchronization issues.

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