Firefox under fire
Firefox isn't coming clean on the actual status of the Google deal that it has had in place for so long with Google. I mentioned last week that the browser was slipping in popularity and that Chrome had kicked it from the second spot. Now it seems that the advertising deal that Mozilla has in place has ended without being renewed.
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The Google partnership was a staggering 84% of the income that Firefox made last year. The deal was set to end in mid-November and with Mozilla still not willing to come out and say that the deal was renewed it appears that the deal ended. ZDNet reports that it has contacted Mozilla for clarification and the response was vague.
With Chrome, taking second place perhaps Google doesn’t feel the need to prop up a competitor financially. It would seem that Google might want to keep the deal just to prevent Bing or Yahoo from making a deal with Mozilla for search on the browser. We will continue to listen for any updates on this.