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]
On one hand, google is probably the most evil surveillance company in existence, due mostly to the shear depth of different places they track people. So I'm ok with Mozilla not signing up with them as the default search engine any more. However, Yahoo tracks people too, and it's much worse as a search engine. On top of that, 90% of Mozilla's funding comes from google, so this has the potential to cost them both marketshare (due to worse searches) and money (from google).
As bad as firefox has become, it's still my default browser so I hope Mozilla stops killing it sometime soon.
Google have stopped funding them. Now Yahoo are funding them.