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What Mozilla is doing with its big pile of new money

Mozilla executive chair Mitchell Baker.

Mozilla government chairs Mitchell Baker conversing past this yr.

Mozilla has launched into an opulent new effort to construct an entirely new mobile working machine, Firefox OS, regardless of the dominance of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. It can be an excellent factor Mozilla’s acquired piles of recent money available.

On Thursday, the nonprofit organization revealed a big upward soar in monetary results for 2012, knowledge it discloses to tax authorities. Its revenue increased from $163 million in 2011 to $311 million in 2012, and its internet money from operations elevated from $13.four million to $70.3 million.

Mozilla’s cash comes mainly from riding search traffic to companions corresponding to Google that return an element of the resulting merchandising earnings. So why the enormous increase? Principally as a result of Mozilla renegotiated its Google maintain more favorable terms, said Mitchell Baker, Mozilla’s government chair and “chief lizard wrangler.” About ninety percent of Mozilla’s earnings come from Google, she said.