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Mozilla grew out of software and telecom company Netscape, which was founded by and in 1994 and was originally called the Mosaic Communications Corporation. In 1998, Mozilla was launched as an open, global network for the collaborative creation of free software. They opened up the source code for Netscape in the same year.

Today, Mozilla is comprised of the , which handles revenue creating products like the popular web browser Firefox, and the , which supports the organization’s non-profit policy endeavors aimed at encouraging the growth of a free and open Internet.

The Mozilla Corporation in 2005. It relies on eight senior managers and four person board of directors for management. It released a browser called in 2002, which would later be renamed . It was permanently renamed Firefox in 2006. As of 2012, Firefox made up . The current CEO of the company is , who oversees a staff of more than six hundred. The Mozilla Foundation is managed by a separate, six-person board of directors, and was originally launched in 2003 via funding from and AOL.

Mozilla a 33% increase in revenue in 2011, up from $123 million to $163. A significant portion of that revenue comes from Google, which pays royalties to Mozilla in order to be the browser’s default search engine. Mozilla’s stated goal is to one day allow the Foundation to control the corporation in its entirety. The foundation is also supported by dozens of small, non-profit community partners around the world.

In 2014, Mozilla with The New York Times and The Washington Post to create tools to improve online commenting systems. The program was funded by a $3.89 million grant from the Knight Foundation.

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MSNBC is an American cable news channel founded in 1996 through a partnership between Microsoft and NBC. NBCUniversal bought majority control of the channel in 2005. MSNBC is one of America’s three largest cable news networks, along with Fox News and CNN. Of those three, MSNBC is commonly found to be the most politically liberal,…

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