It’s Official: Dara Khosrowshahi Will be Uber’s New CEO

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Dara Khosrowshahi will be Uber’s new CEO

The Uber officially announced late Tuesday evening that Dara Khosrowshahi, who’s the former Expedia CEO for the past 12 years, will be its new CEO.

The ride-hailing giant’s board of directors chose him to replace chief Travis Kalanick earlier this week. In a message to employees, Uber’s senior management confirmed the truth of Khosrowshahi’s appointment.

“The Board and the Executive Leadership Team are confident that Dara is the best person to lead Uber into the future building world-class products, transforming cities, and adding value to the lives of drivers and riders around the world while continuously improving our culture and making Uber the best place to work,” the team said in the message sent to employees that was also posted on its website.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal earlier Tuesday, Khosrowshahi said he was still in the process of finalizing his contract with Uber but planned to take the job.

Khosrowshahi himself said, “This has been one of the toughest decisions of my life,” Khosrowshahi wrote in a letter to Expedia staff that was obtained by Recode. “I’ve had the privilege to run Expedia for 12+ years now, and most of you who have been on this journey with me know it has not been easy going.”

He also added, “I have to tell you I am scared. I’ve been here at Expedia for so long that I’ve forgotten what life is like outside this place.”

After that, Arianna Huffington, who’s a member of the company’s board, congratulated Khosrowshahi on Twitter.

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Now that his new CEO job is official, Khosrowshahi will greet Uber employees at an all-hands meeting at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Wednesday.

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You’ll see Uber’s full announcement letter to employees about Khosrowshahi’s hiring below:

Team,

We are delighted to announce that Uber’s Board has voted unanimously to appoint Dara Khosrowshahi to be our new CEO.

Dara came to America at nine years old when his family escaped Iran on the eve of the Iranian Revolution. He grew up in Tarrytown, N.Y., trained as an engineer at Brown, and spent many years at IAC serving as Chief Financial Officer and in various operational and strategic roles.

In 2005, he became CEO of Expedia, which he built into one of the world’s leading travel and technology companies, now operating in more than 60 countries. He has four children and not surprisingly loves to travel, one of his favorite trips being to the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia where his wife Sydney said yes to marrying him.

We’re really fortunate to gain a leader with Dara’s experience, talent and vision. The Board and the Executive Leadership Team are confident that Dara is the best person to lead Uber into the future building world-class products, transforming cities, and adding value to the lives of drivers and riders around the world while continuously improving our culture and making Uber the best place to work.

Dara will be joining us tomorrow, August 30, for an All Hands. Add your questions for Dara here, and stay tuned for a calendar invite with more details. He’ll also be meeting with employees around the world in smaller groups over the next few weeks, and spending time with drivers.

Please join us in welcoming Dara on what promises to be an exciting ride!

-Yasir, Garrett, Matt, Ryan, Arianna, Travis, Wan Ling & David

This Time Can Mozilla Save Firefox?

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It’s returning! Mozilla is going to release new browser of Firefox 57 to fight back Google’s Chrome browser! The battle will begin in November after the launch of Firefox 57.

About five years ago, people wanted a speedier, extensible, more privacy-oriented web browser on their desktops often immediately downloaded Mozilla’s Firefox to use instead of Internet Explorer on Windows or Safari on the Mac.

But those days seem gone. Firefox is hardly discussed today, and its usage has cratered from a high of over 30 percent of the desktop browser market in 2010 to about 12 percent today, according to Mozilla, citing stats from NetMarketShare. And Firefox’s share on mobile devices is even worse, at less than 1 percent, according to the same firm. People keep asking is Mozilla Firefox died from the public. Though the usage of IE browser is go down, Mac has Safari, but the fighting days between Chrome, Opera and Firefox (latest tutorials) seem long ago.

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Look for tutorial to completely remove Mozilla Firefox for Mac, please read this guide blog for help.

Firefox fights back

Today, the most popular browser is Google’s Chrome, which has over a 50 percent share on both desktop and mobile, according to NetMarketShare.

Can Mozilla save Firefox

On January, Walt’s column focuses on Mozilla Firefox, which is now refocusing on its desktop platform. On our beloved podcast Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay go deep into the history of Mozilla’s browser, what tabs they currently have open, and the future projects that are still loading.

“In many ways, we went through a time that you don’t get to survive,” says Mark Mayo, senior vice president for Firefox and a member of Mozilla’s decision-making steering committee. “Somehow we’re not dead… and it feels like we’re picking up speed and figuring out what to do.”

On June, Firefox finally unveils its faster, more memory-efficient browser, Version 54 is the first to use “multiple process” tech that has been available for a while now on Chrome, Safari, Edge and other browsers. Now, Firefox is running heavy, complex websites will influence other tabs less, making the web run better overall on Windows, Mac and mobile devices. Can version 54 of Mozilla Firefox browser sane Firefox?

“With today’s release, Firefox uses up to four processes to run web page content across all open tabs,” Firefox VP Nick Nguyen wrote. “By separating the tabs into separate processes, we make better use of the hardware on your computer, so Firefox can deliver you more of the web … with less waiting.”

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Now, according to Hilton conference in San Francisco for an all-hands meeting, Mozilla will release the version of Firefox 57, is ready for battle in November. Its main rival is Google’s Chrome, which accounts for 54 percent of browser usage today. Mozilla began testing Firefox 57 on Wednesday, the culmination of more than a year of engineering work.

“It’s going to add up to be a big bang,” Mozilla Chief Executive Chris Beard promises, speaking at the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters. “We’re going to win back a lot of people.”

The fight is coming closer between famed browsers in November, just wait and see.

Amazon Announces Plans to Double R&D Staff in London

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The Amazon Company plans to double number of Search & Development center in London, and announcing it will now take all 15 storeys and 600,000 sq. ft. of new head office, thus, will increase number of workers focusing on Prime Video service in capital from 450 to 900 high tech roles. As the part of plan, Amazon will expand its UK workforce to 24,000 by the end of 2017.

The R&D team in London focuses on developing Amazon’s Prime Video service. Their recent work includes building a mobile downloads feature that allows users of Prime Video to watch programmers without being connected to the internet.

Look at the past, Amazon has already invested £6.4 billion in the UK since 2010 and pledged to this year create 5,000 new jobs in the UK to reach 24,000 permanent employees across the country.

Amazon’s London R&D center will be located in its new UK head office of Shoreditch, which officially opens this week.

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Christopher North, managing director of Amazon’s head of UK operations, said: “We have already invested well over £1bn and created more than 7,000 permanent jobs across the UK.

“To support our continued growth in the UK, we have secured this exceptional building giving us the capacity to hire thousands of new employees in London in the coming years, in addition to the thousands of permanent roles we will create across our UK fulfilment and customer service centres.”

Matt Hancock, the minister for digital, said: “This is great news for Britain, Amazon’s increased investment in developing cutting-edge technology in London is another vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading centre of creativity and innovation.”

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said Amazon had “put its confidence in our unique blend of talent, creativity and access to finance”, adding that London remains the “tech capital of Europe”.

Doug Gurr, the UK country manager for Amazon, said: “London is one of the world’s truly great cities and home to some of the most talented, creative people on the planet, and we are delighted to provide our teams of innovators with a new, purpose-built workplace.”

Except invested £6.4 billion in the UK since 2010, Amazon says it also has R&D sites in Edinburgh and Cambridge, which are working on voice recognition services, drones, and developing Amazon’s online and mobile shopping services. By the end of the year, the company will have 1,500 UK-based staff working on R&D.