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Telefonica, Mozilla and VCs Still Betting Big on HTML5 as They Pour $25 Million Into Everything.Me

For Mozilla to be successful with its Firefox OS, it needs a lot of good HTML5 apps and content.

Given that, it is not terribly surprising that Mozilla and carrier partner Telefonica are part of a $25 million investment round in Everything.Me, an Israeli start-up focused on helping create such programs. That said, it is the first time that Mozilla has taken part in the equity funding of a start-up.

The company, which originally had the less catchy name Do@, raised $3.5 million earlier this year from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures.

The vision behind, which started out more along the lines of mobile search, has evolved with its various rounds of funding.

These days, the company is positioning its service as a way to connect with the apps already on a user’s device, as well as other apps and services available from the cloud.

Mozilla’s Jay Sullivan says there is a very close alignment between what is doing and Mozilla’s vision of a browser-based operating system.

“It’s a really good combination of what’s great about apps, and what’s great about the Web,” Sullivan said in a telephone interview.

The company isn’t sharing either its number of users or any details on how it plans to make money. It is currently available via HTML5 and as an iOS app, with plans for an Android version, as well. says it will continue to do native apps alongside its HTML5-only program, saying that it wants to reach as many people as possible.

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