It’s a Record for Firefox 3 with 8M Downloads

Mozilla announced that Firefox 3 was downloaded 8 million times on its first 24 hours, setting a world record for the most software downloads over that period.

The record came despite its downtime for about two hours after site visitors overloaded its server. At its peak, the server was said to be serving 17,000 downloads per minute. Mozilla’s CEO John Lilly has a blog post that will give you more figures about the first 24 hours.

Downloads came from various parts of the globe, led by the United States, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Britain. The previous version of Firefox was downloaded just 1.6 million times in the 24 hours after its launch.

Mozilla said that Guinness World Records is reviewing the world record attempt and may take a few days before confirmation.

Firefox 3: The Most Devastating Killing Machine Ever Built!

Firefox - The MovieTommorow sees the long-awaited release of Clint Eastwood‘s Firefox 3, the third movie in the popular series of Craig Thomas novels, including Firefox, Firefox Down and Winter Hawk.

As with most cinematic releases, the movie will be available as a Usenet file or BitTorrent, however Eastwood is celebrating the release by – get this – attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours…finally Hollywood is learning to embrace DRM-free digital downloads and user-generated piracy! I wonder if Eastwood’s next movie Release Candidate will also be similarly released into the wild?

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much in the public domain abou…oh, um…I may have misunderstood some of the facts <gulps> of Om‘s briefing…

M’kay…lemme start over…

I guess everyone’s aware (thanks Mike!) that tomorrow sees the long-awaited release of Mozilla‘s Firefox 3, the third browser in the popular series of open source browsers, including (um) Firefox 1 and (ahem) Firefox 2?

Mozilla is celebrating the release by – get this – attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. All you need to do to help contribute to the record is download Firefox 3 during tomorrow’s Download Day and pledging that you’ll do so at the official world record site.

So far 1,385,062 individuals have pledged to download our ubiquitous foxy friend, including 56,300 of my fellow Britons! Accompanying the launch and the record attempt are a global series of launch parties – check for local parties at Mozilla Party Central.

Most importantly – and I can’t stress this enough – Think In Russian!

NTV Live Video Recap: Crossover Hits Panel

For the first panel at our NewTeeVee Live conference, JibJab co-founder Gregg Spiridellis led a spirited conversation between Douglas Cheney of Big Fantastic, Kevin Cohen of Turner Broadcasting System, Lisa Donovan of LisaNova, Ty Ahmad-Taylor of MTV Networks, and Gary Wang of Tudou.
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Read our liveblog account here. The panel was also covered by Ypulse and last100.
Natalie Fonseca of last100 contrasted Ahmad-Taylor’s and Cohen’s rhetoric:

[Ahmad-Taylor] believes that companies, including his own, who don’t make their content easily available to their customers are sending a message to users to steal the stuff. Which is one of the reasons MTV created a Facebook app to allow fans to watch videos and dedicate them to friends on the platform — i.e. where they are.

Not everyone is ready for such bold talk though. Another panelist, Kevin Cohen of Turner Broadcasting System, said that his company is still finding about 25,000 clips a day from their Adult Swim network on YouTube, and TBS is exploring filtering options to prevent the authorized clips from being uploaded.

Remember MTV parent Viacom is the one suing YouTube, though!
See our previous coverage of Donovan getting a TV gig and being caught up in controversy for allegedly inflating her view numbers on YouTube. Earlier this month we published a Q&A with Wang on the impressive story of Tudou. We have also written about Spiridellis and JibJab a number of times, most recently for its fundraising and mashup projects.

SBC Makes Residential VoIP Play

A few days ago I had written this post about why Baby Bells are thrilled with the Vonage ruling. And now you can see why. SBC Communications has announced launch of its residential VoIP service. While the service is in trials right now in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and San Antonio, the full-scale VoIP service rollout will take place in early 2005. “Over time, we expect that VoIP will be a preferred voice service because of the features and benefits this technology enables,” said Randall Stephenson, SBC chief operating officer in a press releases.
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