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Mozilla appointed long-time programmer and team member Brendan Eich as CEO in March. Today he stepped down.
Many members of the development community, not to mention users of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser complained that Eich’s personal views were at odds with Mozilla’s mission of openness… and recently half the members of the group’s board stepped down in protest. Update: Or possibly for other reasons.
Now Eich himself has stepped down from his role as CEO. He hasn’t commented publicly on his decision to support Prop 8, but given the sheer amount of criticism that had been directed against Mozilla in recent days, the move feels kind of unsurprising.
Here’s a roundup of tech-related news from around the web.
- Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich steps down
In a statement, Mozilla Chair Mitchell Baker says Eich has “made this decision for Mozilla and our community,” and apologizes for the way things have been handled in recent weeks. [Mozilla] and more context at [Re/Code]
- Chrome OS Dev update: When sharing tethered connection with Android phone, treats it as a mobile network
Chrome OS can now tell when you’re tethered, prevent updates when you’re on a cellular network. [+François Beaufort]
- Amazon Kindle Fire HDX software update offers “general improvements,” possibly Fire TV support?
The update comes during the same week Amazon introduced its Fire TV set-top-box. Coincidence? Maybe. [The Digital Reader]
- Samsung phone with a 2560 x 1440px display hits benchmark site
GFXBench is showing details about an unannounced Samsung phone with a WQHD display. Since the Galaxy S5 has a 1080p display, could this be a new Note? A Galaxy S5 Plus? A prototype? Something else? [Phone Arena]
- OnePlus One will sell in Europe for under 350 Euros
The phone will have a 5.5 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, CyanogenMod software, and an affordable price. In the US it’s expected to cost less than $400. [+OnePlus]
- TYD introduces a $200 Bay Trail 10 inch laptop in China
Tablets aren’t the only Bay Trail-powered inexpensive computers on the market. This mini-laptop is expected to sell for around $200 in China. [Mobile Geeks]