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Firefox3 Release press conference

Firefox 3 release press conference was held at Takanawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo Japan.

Satoko TAKITA, chairman of Mozilla Japan gave the first announce of Firefox3 release in the morning at 2:00 a.m. 18th June (in Japan Standard Time), with looking back how they have been updating Mozilla products for years.

Mozilla Japan’s two missions

Firefox occupies 11.8% of browser share in Japanese market. Ms. TAKITA said that two things are important to spread Firefox more. One is to encourage communication among developers between Japan and the world, and the other one is to let Japanese companies use Mozilla’s Open Source technology to assist their development force.

Firefox 3 new features

Mozilla Japan Technical Manager Masayuki NAKANO introduced new features of Firefox3, such like Smart location bar, OS-integrated user interface, improved Add-On manager, HTML5 offline browse, etc .

Default search engines selection for Japan added Wikipedia Japanese and Oshiete goo!, one of the most popular Q and A site (like Yahoo! Answers).

It is also noted that Camellia, Japan made encryption technology is took in the new Firefox.

Camellia

A person from NTT Information Sharing Platform Laboratories explained the newly adopted Camellia encryption technology on Firefox3. Camellia was originally made by Mitsubishi Denki research in 2000, and was explained that is competitive method with leading encryption standard AES.

Firefox no Tomoshibi

Daisuke AKATSUKA, freelance developer who has been involving Firefox Add-On development, talked on his Firefox3 download promotion project “Firefox3 no Tomoshibi” (lights of Firefox3).

On this site, every single Firefox3 download will be visualized on Japan map as a flash. Demo was done with current version Firefox2.

[Update]

The release time is cleared now. 02:00 18th in Japan time.

[Update 2]

I could download it at 01:52.

Lunascape opens subsidiary in Silicon Valley

Following Fenrir’s announcement of internationalizing their Sleipnir browser just a few days ago, now Japan-based Lunascape announced today they opened an office in the USA to promote their web browser of the same name more efficiently overseas.

Lunascape, Inc. with a capital stock of 300,000 USD will be located in Silicon Valley. Founder and CEO Hidekazu Kondo will lead the subsidiary. He will continue to direct operations in Japan.

The Lunascape browser is available in English (version 4.7).