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    Saturday, February 04, 2006

    Skype's VOIP share is shrinking dramatically

    One year ago Skype hade a market share of 90% of all VoIP minutes in Europe which according to a study has cut 50%. This study conducted in November and December 2005 is made by Sandvine. The data highlighted the VoIP traffic trends of more than 700,000 broadband households from a group of service providers with over 6 million subscribers. In Europe, service provider-branded VoIP now represents 51.2% of all VoIP minutes, while Skype follows closely behind with 45% of all VoIP minutes. Vonage takes less than 1% share while other third-party VoIP providers represent 3.5% of all minutes. In North America, broadband providers that have rolled out network-wide VoIP deployments are now capturing an average of 81.8% of the VoIP minutes on their own networks. In contrast, the market share in minutes for third-party VoIP providers like Vonage and Skype is 12.9% in such competitive environments. The study indicated that North American service provider-branded VoIP represents 53% of all VoIP minutes on broadband networks. Vonage, with 21.7% share of North American minutes and Skype, with a 14.4% share were the leading third-party providers. All other third-party VoIP providers captured the remaining 10.9% share of minutes. "Broadband provider-branded VoIP is, and will continue to be a key factor in driving revenue growth and triple-play success for service providers," said Boyd Peterson, Senior Vice Presiden Media Research, Yankee Group. “Consumers are clearly embracing the VoIP products offered by broadband service providers in Europe and North America,” said Tom Donnelly, executive VP, marketing and sales for Sandvine.
    This was seized 4 u at Sandvine

    Friday, February 03, 2006

    Accidents on the job bring fame

    For more than 40 years, Swiss police photographer Arnold Odermatt documented the minor and major tragedies in his home canton. After he retired, his photographs of accidents became famous – much to his own amazement. In 1948, when Arnold Odermatt began to work for the police in his home canton of Nidwalden, he had not the slightest inkling that decades later his photographs would be traded at international art fairs and auctions. In fact, the young police officer, born in 1925, had great difficulty convincing his colleagues to accept the idea of photographing accidents. In the early 1950s it was not customary practice in the Nidwalden canton to accept photos as evidence in court – as according to the police, skeptical cantonal councilors, and judges, photographs could be manipulated and for that reason had no place in the police records. Those were the days when nobody spoke of speed limits, radar traps or seat-belt laws – the days when police reports were written by hand and officers learned to draw so that they could make sketches at the scene of the crime. But times change.
    Arnold Odermatt had to fight for the special payment of 70 Swiss francs to get a tap in the broom cupboard which he had set up as a darkroom at the Nidwalden police station. But from then on the ice was broken and he was able to work professionally. In addition to the traffic accidents, Odermatt recorded other more mundane aspects of police work: He photographed his colleagues in the office, during training or in their free time mostly in color and in the style of PR images – unspectacular pictures which look as though they have been culled from the local police calendar. Arnold Odermatt’s most famous and beautiful pictures, however, are his “accident photos”: Photographs of collisions of which he recorded about 10,000 in black and white in the course of his 40 years police service. Accident photos as artworks? How terrible ... But Arnold Odermatt’s photographs do not show any victims, there is no sign of blood – the ambulance has long since departed when he pushes the shutter release. There is just one photograph where a young boy lies spread out on the road – according to Odermatt the composition is fake: “The boy was dead keen to lie in the picture.”
    Photographs of VW Beetles are prominent among the accident shots.
    The body of the Beetle has almost human features: two headlights like glaring eyes, a bumper which appears to grin at the viewer – and naturally the delicate car with its harmonious curves rouses a protective instinct in observers. An example (Buochs, 1965): A Beetle has landed in a lake, badly dented with the passenger door open, the car lies helplessly before a cloudy mountain panorama. On the right edge of the picture a few branches from a weeping willow hang decoratively. The dented VW Beetle pulls at our heartstrings.
    Is this a photo for the police files? One may well doubt that all Arnold Odermatt’s photographs fulfill a documentary function and exclusively serve to secure evidence. Odermatt desists
    from describing himself as an artist. “A good photograph is in focus, you have to see everything in the picture you want to see,” or so his very down-to-earth credo goes. In terms of sobriety and objectivity a couple of the photographs really do give the impression that their purpose is to augment the police reports. Others, however, especially the “Buochs, 1965” shot with a VW Beetle in the lake – do not appear to be purely a matter of gathering evidence. Here Odermatt has quite obviously focused on the picture composition. It is well known that Arnold Odermatt spent plenty of time deciding where to place his Rolleiflex. Searching for the perfect shot he climbed onto bridges, photographed from house windows, or clambered onto the roof of his VW microvan – too much trouble surely for someone interested only in evidence. Moreover, in addition to the police photo he always took a shot for his own archive.
    In 1990, Arnold Odermatt retired. The lieutenant, chief of the traffic police and deputy superintendent of the Nidwalden Police never suspected that he would gain international fame as a documenter of small town Swiss dramas. In the mid-1990s, the photographs were discovered by the art and photography community and were all the talk of the 2001 Venice Biennial. Sales of the photographs surely boosts Arnold Odermatt’s police pension.

    This was written by Nicolas Nonnenmacher & seized 4 u at Deutsche Boerse

    Thursday, February 02, 2006

    'Tenth Planet' found to be a whopper

    Are"2003 UB313" and its moon currently nicknamed "Xena" and "Gabrielle" a planet with its moon or just another Kuiper Belt object?
    The recently discovered 'tenth planet' of our Solar System is substantially larger than Pluto, astronomers have found. For many, the discovery that object 2003 UB313 is about 3,000 kilometres across will remove any doubt that it deserves to be called a planet. "Since UB313 is decidedly larger than Pluto, it is now increasingly hard to justify calling Pluto a planet if UB313 is not also given this status," says Frank Bertoldi, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, Germany, and part of the team that reveals UB313's size in this week Nature1.
    When astronomer Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena unveiled 2003 UB313 to the world in July 2005, his team was already confident that the new object was at least as large as Pluto, and deserved the status of 'planet'. But UB313's elongated orbit takes it almost twice as far away from the Sun as Pluto ever gets, making it very difficult to measure its diameter precisely. One clue to its larger size came from the fact that it is slightly brighter than Pluto; a larger mirror would reflect more of the Sun's light. But an alternative explanation could have been that UB313 is simply made of a more reflective material than Pluto.
    Based on its enormous distance from the Sun, UB313 is calculated to be tremendously cold: a staggering -248 °C. Bertoldi and his colleagues combined this value with their measurements of UB313's radiation to determine its reflectivity and size.
    Although this first estimate of 3,000 kilometres may be out by as much as 400 kilometres, this still puts UB313 well ahead of 2,300-kilometre-wide Pluto in the size stakes, making it the largest body found in the Solar System since the discovery of Neptune in 1846.
    2003 UB313 is not the catchiest name, but unfortunately this temporary designation will have to stick until the International Astronomical Union (IAU) decides whether it is indeed a planet that warrants a name from classical mythology.
    Since 1992, more than 1,000 similar, albeit smaller, objects have been found in the region around Pluto known as the Kuiper Belt, and astronomers estimate that there may be more than half a million still waiting to be discovered. As more of these icy remnants from the Solar System's birth turn up, Pluto blends into the crowd and its claim to be a unique planet grows slimmer and slimmer.
    Some astronomers argue that Pluto should be stripped of its title, to become a Kuiper Belt Object like its orbital fellows. Others suggest that anything larger than Pluto found in the outskirts of the Solar System should also be called a 'planet', which would include UB313. "I'd prefer to keep Pluto as a planet, for historical reasons," says Bertoldi.
    The IAU set up a committee of 19 top astronomers to come up with a workable definition for a planet that would rule UB313 in or out, but in November 2005 the group finally admitted defeat after failing to reach a clear consensus. The IAU has promised action later this year, but Brown is already impatient. "Imagine how you'd feel if your baby didn't have a name for seven months," he says.
    This was seized 4 u at Nature by Mark Peplow

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    VideoLAN is seriously threatened by software patents

    The popular and probably best OpenSource multimedia player on earth VideoLAN is seriously threatened by software patents due to the numerous patented techniques it implements and uses. Also threatened are the many libraries and projects which VLC is built upon, like FFmpeg, and the other fellow Free And Open Source software multimedia players, which include MPlayer, xine, Freevo, MythTV, gstreamer.
    Multimedia is a patent minefield.
    All important techniques and formats are covered by broad and trivial patents that are harming progress and alternative implementations, such as free software multimedia players.
    The DADVSI (roughly "Author Rights and other Rights in the Information Society") is the French
    transcription of the european EUCD (European Union Copyright Directive) text, which itself comes from the american DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act). The main goal of this law is to restrict the rights of digital content purchasers. It most notably forbids them from working around technical content protection measures. Doing so, writing or publishing software allowing to do so, or even merely talking about ways to do so becomes an offence that can be punished with three years in jail.

    The french Ministry of Culture has started presenting a new text for this Feburary session. Good news! With the old version, users and developers of VideoLAN could be threatened with 3 years in jail and a 300 000 euros fine. Now, users could only get a small fine (something like 40 euros), and developers would only get one year in jail and a 100 000 euros fine.

    The most important parts (mostly about DRM and Peer-To-Peer) will take place in February, so the battle is not over. It is still very important to keep spreading the word about the dangers of this law. Please spread the word. Thanx

    The Bush administration let's God fight AIDS

    The Bush administration has earmarked $200 million of AIDS funding for "less-experienced groups".

    Franklin Graham just got federal AIDS money. His group, Samaritan's purse, has a mission described as "meeting critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disaster while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ." This is the same Franklin Graham who has said about Islam,

    The God of Islam is not the same God. He's not the son of God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith. It's a different God, and I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion.

    ...Catholic Relief Services, too, have received money, even though they will not "promote, purchase or distribute" condoms...

    "The good news about the faith-based groups is not only the passion they bring to the work, but it is the moral authority and the extended numbers of volunteers they can mobilize to get the word out,"

    ...let's go and tell them what horrible sinners they are, and how they need redemption--not condoms...

    Read the whole article at AETIOLOGY

    Yahoo’s responsibility towards human rights

    The following are exerpts from an Amnesti International article: Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist, is serving a ten-year prison sentence in China for sending an email to the USA. He was accused of “illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities” by using his Yahoo email account. According to the court transcript of the evidence that led to Shi Tao’s sentencing, the US internet company Yahoo provided account-holder information on him.
    Imprisoned for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, a right entrenched in international law and the Chinese Constitution, Shi Tao is considered a Prisoner of Conscience.
    Companies must respect human rights, wherever they operate. Yahoo’s business ethics are becoming questionable due to its role in assisting the Chinese government to sentencing Shi Tao. The company has signed the Public Pledge on Self-Discipline for the Internet Industry, effectively agreeing to implement China’s draconian system of censorship and control.Amnesty International has raised its concerns with Yahoo. The company has responded without addressing all the concerns raised.
    This was seized 4 u at Amnesti International

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006

    The what does your birthdate mean quizz

    I just got a very challenging and useless question. What is the most useless site throughout the Internet? I answered promptly I wondered about my odd answer because most of all websites seem pretty useless (this one included). Most websites are from private persons for private reasons, could be for self therapy, fun or whatever but why the heck did I choose this one?
    OK - there is one obvious reason. It claimed to offer "the what does your birth date mean quiz" and the result for February 30 was:

    Your Birthdate: February 30
    You have the type of personality that people either love or hate.
    You're opinionated, dramatic, intense, and very outspoken.
    And some people can't get enough of you - they're totally addicted.
    Others, well, they wish you were a little more reserved.
    Your strength: Your flair
    Your weakness: If you think it, you say it
    Your power color: Scarlet red
    Your power symbol: Inverted triangle
    Your power month: March

    Fingerprints provide clue for new nanofiber fabrication technique

    Fingerprints are usually used to identify people but,
    this time, they gave Penn State chemical engineers the crucial clue needed to discover an easy, versatile new method for making nanofibers that have potential uses in advanced filtration as well as wound care, drug delivery, bioassays and other medical applications.
    The new technique is based on the way forensic scientists develop fingerprints from a crime scene and is easier and more versatile than either of the current methods, templates or electrospinning, used commercially to make nanofibers.The first nanofibers generated by the technique are made from the basic ingredient of Super Glue.
    Henry C. Foley, professor of chemical engineering who directed the project, says, "The new technique is so versatile that it allows us not only to make nano-scale fibers but also nano-sized flat sheets, spheres and even wrinkled sheets that look tortellini-like."The researchers can also generate patterned surfaces and say that the process could conceivably be used in an ink jet printer.The research is detailed in a paper, "Facile Catalytic Growth of Cyanoacrylate Nanofibers," published online on January 26 in the British journal,
    The Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemical Communications. The authors are Pratik J. Mankidy, doctoral candidate in chemical engineering; Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan, research associate at Penn State's Materials Research Laboratory, and Foley, who is also associate vice president for research at the University.

    This was seized 4 u at The Pennsylvania State University

    Will flying electric generators be the energy source number one in the future?

    Immediate profits for some may be greater looking down, but we at Sky WindPower Corporation, and a few others around the world, have concluded that looking up will turn out to be a much better solution both economically and for the world's health.
    It was known to scientists before any of us were born, and not kept secret, that there is far more than enough energy in high altitude winds, miles above the earth's surface, to supply all the world's power needs. And just average wind conditions high above the earth in the temperate zones of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are sufficient to supply all the world's energy needs.
    Burning fossil fuel has been a great crutch, especially when it just bubbles out of the earth. But, now that we are running out of oil, our heads are really stuck in the sand if we don't conclude that there are reasons to look up, way up.
    That the truly high energy winds are at altitudes miles above us, not just a few hundred feet where they can be tapped by rotors on towers, is clearly demonstrated in the form of detailed color charts calculated by Dr. Ken Caldeira, formerly of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, now at the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. These charts show at what latitudes and altitudes this vast energy is to be found. We are indebted to him for permission to display these charts in the Global Wind Resources section of this website.
    Fortunately, our Chairman at Sky WindPower, Australian Professor Bryan Roberts has long been aware of the wind facts and material improvement trends, and convinced that, by application of an appropriate technology, this high altitude wind energy can be captured. He set out to prove that long ago, and has demonstrated that Flying Electric Generator(FEG) technology is practical and should work at high altitudes. This is the "Flying Windmills" technology you may have read about first in the Canadian "National Post", and since then in major newspapers overseas and many U.S. publications other than newspapers.
    Please see pictures upper right of a FEG which he and his colleagues demonstrated at low altitude years ago, and lower right of an artist's view of the next planned FEG which Sky WindPower plans to demonstrate under Professor Roberts' direction at an altitude of 15,000 feet and above.
    Our figures show now, that with the advent of very strong but light tether materials, through use of what is essentially existing rotorcraft technology, capture of high altitude wind energy should prove cheaper than as derived from any fossil fuel. In mass use, our calculations show that FEGs of Roberts' design should be able to produce electricity at a life cycle cost of LESS THAN TWO CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR using tether materials now available. And new tether materials with even stronger strength to weight ratios are being developed. If all costs are considered, including the true costs of nuclear fission, long range this will be the world's cheapest energy source. As applied to the United States and Canada, please see the U.S. Electric Energy Statistics and Canada section.
    When the United States realizes that high altitude wind energy is capable of being its most economical energy source, market forces will lead to its gradually supplanting oil and to energy independence - as well as end the debate on global warming - because its most economical energy source will produce no greenhouse gases.
    This is an artist's (Ben Shepard's) rendition from Professor Roberts' preliminary working drawings of the next planned Flying Electric Generator rated at 240kW with rotor diameters of 35 feet.
    The total swept area for a 1.5 MW Flying Electric Generator with rotor diameters of 88 feet is 24,329 square feet, as compared with a ground base wind turbine 1.5 MW turbine(such as GE Model 1.5sl)with a single rotor diameter of 252.6 feet, total area of 50,115 square feet.
    Yet the Flying Electric Generator would produce over twice as much electricity per year at typical locations due to the much higher high altitude wind speeds and constancy.

    Why look down, not up, to meet the world's energy needs?
    Potentially Our Cheapest Energy Source. We Don't Need Oil!
    A Technology Key to Energy Independence and Arresting Global Warming Wake up, world!

    This was seized 4 u at

    Monday, January 30, 2006

    Scientists may be more likely to produce children with autism

    Scientists tend to be analytical

    Highly analytical couples, such as scientists, may be more likely to produce children with autism, an expert has argued.

    Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, of the University of Cambridge, said the phenomenon may help explain the recent rise in diagnoses. He believes the genes which make some analytical may also impair their social and communication skills. A weakness in these areas is the key characteristic of autism. It is thought that around one child in every 100 has a form of autism - the vast majority of those affected are boys. The number of diagnoses seems to be on the increase, but some argue this is simply because of a greater awareness of the condition.

    In a paper published in the journal Archives of Disease of Childhood, Professor Baron-Cohen labels people such as scientists, mathematicians and engineers as 'systemizers'. They are skilled at analysing systems - whether it be a vehicle, or a maths equation - to figure out how they work. But they also tend to be less interested in the social side of life, and can exhibit behaviour such as an obsession with detail - classic traits associated with autism.

    Professor Baron-Cohen argues that systemizers are often attracted to each other - and thus more likely to pass 'autism' genes to their offspring. He cited a survey of 1,000 members of the National Autistic Society which found fathers and grandfathers of children with autistic spectrum conditions are twice as likely to work in a systemizing profession. In addition, students in the natural sciences have a higher number of relatives with autism than do students in the humanities, and mathematicians have a higher rate of autistic spectrum conditions compared with the general population.

    Other research has found both mothers and fathers of children with autism score highly on a questionnaire measuring autistic traits. Brain scan studies have also shown that mothers of autistic children often show patterns of brain activity more associated with men. Professor Baron-Cohen said the rise in autism may be linked to the fact that it has become easier for systemizers to meet each other, with the advent of international conferences, greater job opportunities and more women working in these fields...

    ...which brings us to the headline of the story: Are scientific brains linked to autism?

    This was seized 4 u at BBC news

    Spongecell - the best choice or another Ajax calendar amongst many?

    A new Ajax calendar application build on Ruby on Rails platform is celebrating its birth with a Release party on February 1.
    The founders promises that Spongecell means revolutionary ease of use for social networks - individual and groups - to plan an online calendar. Here is more from their press release:
    Why users say it's the easiest online calendar: Events are quickly entered by typing a brief description into an entry field that we call the Sponge Bar. For example, typing "Dinner with bob friday at 8pm" will create an event instantly. Users can modify event times with a single mouse click by dragging the event to a different time.
    Why users say it's the most convenient online calendar: Using your cell phone's basic e-mail or text messaging, you can add or modify an event in a Spongecell calendar. Another key feature lets you text message the word "today," and then receive the day's events. Palm Pilots, and even iPods can sync to Spongecell.
    Our competition:Recently the social networking site MySpace, which features a basic low-technology calendar, sold to Rupert Murdoch for $580 million. Trumba, another calendar site, received $8 million in funding in November.
    I'm a bit surprised by their statement of who the competitors are. In my opinion and are the real competitors and they have also their advantages. The mySpace calendar is no competition because of its obvious shortcomings & using Trumba costs $ 40,- a year. Does Spongecell want to be a real alternative? Spongecell is really easy to use, its looking nice and has some nice features (the drag & drop is just great) but one of the worst shortcomings (my opinion) is the lack of ability to subscribe to public ical calendars. Lets see how it evolves, we will keep you updated.

    Some of this was seized 4 u at Spongecell

    Is NeuroSky dead before it was born?

    NeuroSky did get so much exposure but nothing seem to happen. There homepage is still clean & empty and no collaboration seems on its way. Their story made it into to many magazines, even into the Forbes top ten:
    "Forget about wearing out your thumbs tapping those tiny keys on your cell phone. A Cupertino, California startup called NeuroSky is developing a way to control your phone using the power of thought. It sounds unbelievable, but the technology actually relies on understood phenomena, exploiting the electrical signals produced by the brain as well as eye movement to control electronic devices."
    The homepage of NeuroSky is clean and simple. The message could hardly be comunicated better, so here it comes:


    NeuroSky, a fabless semiconductor/module company, has developed a non-invasive neural sensor and signal processing technology that converts brainwaves and eye movements into useful electronic signals to communicate with a wide range of electronic devices, consoles, and computers.

    While brainwaves have been used as a form of diagnostics and therapy in neurosciences for years, the related technology has never reached a large audience due to price/size constraints, inconvenient physical limitations, and/or invasive surgical procedures. NeuroSky draws from this research and adapts it to commercialize neural interface technologies for various attractive global markets.

    Lets c what happens - this was seized 4 u at NeuroSky & Forbes

    Sunday, January 29, 2006

    Visit Danny Choo

    I just came bye this incredible scientific valuable site and have reseized just this tiny bit for you (don't forget to visit the site youself!):

    "I think you may like whats coming up this weekend - coverage of what I have been itching to do for a while now - hit the trains... Had always wanted to do the trains for a while now but didn't quite have the time. Was invited to a christmas party in Yokohama and thought that I would just show up in armor - and this is how it went.... Strolling casually to the station. You notice that I dont attach the thermal detonator to the back - it kind of gets in the way when I sit down and I have not found a good way to attach it so that it doesn't fall off when trooping - so for now it stays off.
    When you do "the pose", everybody will whip out their phones to call home and tell their mum "hey, there is a stormtrooper doing the pose" when they could be taking pictures instead."
    This was seized 4 u at

    Wengo, the better (alternative to) Skype.

    Recently I've stumbled over the open source project OpenWengo got curious enough to try it and now I'm pretty enthusiastic about this. OpenWengo has declared to compete directly with Skype. In order to do so I still miss one important (for me crucial) feature which is the lack of an inbound phone number (enabaling you to be reached from any phone anywhere) but there are also some important advantages. It is OpenSource and very important is the SIP-compliance which enables you to use any conventional phone and with the right box (could be a Grandstream HandyTone adapter , the all in one "Fritz!Box Fon" solution or any other product) you'll have the same comfort as you expect from any land line phone. You can already now use OpenWengo without a computer. "For our next generation of converging services we will deliver the third version of our Wenbox ATA, embedding the latest WengoPhone technologies to offer the same level of service seamlessly, without a computer...Further down the road, we expect to launch exciting new services supported by wifi-enabled mobile devices."
    I have seized the following five good reasons to choose Wengo from the Open Wengo site : What are the Wengophone's features? The Wengophone is an easy to use program, that enables you to call anyone, anywhere, anytime, for free. Its native use of the SIP protocol makes it interoperable with most on the known VoIP technologies. It already has built-in video capabilities, and is will offer many more features in the near future such as calling ordinary phones (land lines and mobiles) at very low prices, conference calls, user communities and innovative cellphone-based services. Why should VoIP users choose the Wengophone rather than any other softphone ? With our software, you have better audio quality, broader connectivity and low bandwidth usage. Additionally, thanks to its GPL license and SIP-compliant foundations,
    you get the freedom of open source software: add functionality or modify Wengophone to fit your needs. Interested? Jump on board, get the source and start patching! OpenWengo is not just a community but also a company. How do you manage ? We are aware of the challenge that is launching an open source project, not just in terms of creating a new technology, but also in getting developers and future customers to support the efforts. We are committed to consistent and honest communication. OpenWengo and Wengo's commercial ventures are complementary, and our goal is to provide an alternative to expensive and/or proprietary services. How do you position yourself in regard to Skype or other VoIP providers ? We expect to compete strongly with Skype in the realm of software-based services (PC to PC) and complementary access modes (ATA, mobile devices). The trick? Free calls, Free software. You're focused on SIP, why ? SIP, short for Session Initiation Protocol, is an open standard developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force. Eventually, it will enable interoperability with other compliant VoIP service providers. One will be able to call any other SIP-compliant softphone user, seamlessly and for free. Moreover, SIP will enable new services for mobile users.
    At its latest press conference, Wengo announced that it was extending Wengophone to Firefox as from 15 February 2006.
    Tristan Nitot, President of Mozilla Europe, who was at the Wengo press conference this morning declared “Basing its package on open-source software, has given Wengo a serious boost that will give it a competitive edge and enable it to develop faster than the competition. We are committed to providing users with choice and innovation. Mozilla and Wengo share common values based on interoperability, open-source software and multiple platform support. We also have a common goal of providing all users with a simple and easy-to-use product”.