Chris Beard, CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, announced in his blog Wednesday, 11 November 2014, that they were ending their 10-year relationship with Google. As of December, they begin a five-year "strategic partnership" with Yahoo. For those wondering why the switch, The Verge has an interesting take on it:
In tech, little things can have big consequences — in this case, a tiny search bar. Last night, Firefox made a surprising announcement: after 10 years with Google as its default search engine, it would be handing the tiny search bar over to Yahoo. On the face of it, it's a strange move. If you're looking for almost anything on the internet, Google is a much better way to find it than Yahoo is. But that small search bar isn't just a feature, it's a business. And it’s a business that reveals how Mozilla and Google could increasingly be at odds with each other.
[We touched on this in a recent story about Firefox's expanding search options, but this aspect seems significant enough to merit specific attention. -LaminatorX]
That Duck [duckduckgo.com] Done Gone.Startpage? [startpage.com] That'll be the day.
Startpage is what I have as my Firefox default search, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking around for a decent privacy oriented search tool. I imagine it still isn't near enough to critical mass for Firefox to go with it yet, but it would be nice to see some day. The proxy links for search results are pretty handy when you don't care to flip around global proxy settings, but don't quite want a particular search result being overly scrutinized either (anyone that's done research on less than politically correct movements knows exactly what I'm talking about here).