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posted by janrinok on Saturday November 22 2014, @08:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the follow-the-money dept.

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]

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Saturday November 22 2014, @11:37PM

    by frojack (1554) on Saturday November 22 2014, @11:37PM (#118960) Journal

    Isn't the whole point of being a Foundation is to be free to rise above the often grubby requirements of "running a business" and "making a profit"?

    Mozilla can't make a profit, they are forbidden to do so by their tax status. But you can't ignore "running a business".

    The problem here is that they can't even break even. They have no business plan. None at all.
    Other than holding a hand out waiting for someone to deposit money, they have no hope of survival.

    Which is a sorry state, because while I don't particularly like Firefox, its good to have it around. I do like Thunderbird.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @12:29AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @12:29AM (#118976)

    LOL Two loons see exactly the same thing and come away with diametrically opposed beliefs.

    First loon thinks Mozilla has completely given up the its reason for existence to become beholden to the almighty dollar. Second loon thinks Mozilla has done absolutely nothing to generate revenue.

    Both of you are idiots - this story is a mirror held up to your own faces. Everything you see in it is a reflection of your own biases and prejudices. Neither of you has the slightest grip on reality.