Mozilla Launches $300,000 Gigabit Community Fund


An anonymous reader writes “Mozilla has officially launched the Gigabit Community Fund, an organization that seeks to ‘advance the development, experimentation and implementation of learning and workforce opportunities enhanced by new, super powerful Internet technologies.’ The intent is to provide funding around cities like Kansas City and Chattanooga (and more, as fiber networks spread) for people to build open source applications that take advantage of super-fast fiber connections. ‘The new $300,000 fund aims to bring discoveries out of the lab and into the field to help move prototypes to Minimum Viable Pilots and get tools in the hands of users. In each city, two, 12-week pilot periods will run, with up to 10 projects receiving awards between $5,000 and $30,000.'”

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Mozilla’s Firefox Launcher Is Coming to Android

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Mozilla will be releasing a Firefox launcher for Android in the coming weeks. The announcement was made at the InContext conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.
See also: 10 Apps You Need to Dominate Your Work Day In order to bring the Firefox launcher to Android, Mozilla is partnering with the Israeli-based EverythingMe, which took its Android launcher out of beta on Tuesday.
“We’re taking the best things offered to users with EverythingMe’s contextual content discovery engine to create this new product that will bring the same contextual experience as Firefox OS,” said Andreas Gal, Mozilla’s vice president of mobile. Read more…
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Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points


First time accepted submitter neiras writes “Mozilla is building a map of publicly-observable cell tower and WiFi access points to compete with proprietary geolocation services like Google’s. Coverage is a bit thin so far but is improving rapidly. Anyone with an Android phone can help by downloading the MozStumbler app and letting it run while walking or driving around. The application is also available on the F-Droid market.” “Thin” is relative; it’s quite a few data points since we first mentioned the pilot program a few months ago.

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