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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 GungnirSniper on Saturday November 22 2014, @11:52PM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Saturday November 22 2014, @11:52PM (#118969) Journal

    Could Google's oodles of cash have been why Firefox slavishly cloned Chrome's interface? This would have made it easier for users to switch to Chrome with very little disruption. Or am I just being cynical?

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Gertlex on Sunday November 23 2014, @04:15PM

    by Gertlex (3966) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 23 2014, @04:15PM (#119137)

    I still tend to believe it's stupidity rather than malice that drives UI wrecking. Evidently, "it can't be improved unless its different!" is the modus operandi way too much of the time (25% of major version releases doing this sounds about right; and not just Mozilla products).