Strange days indeed
For years, the search sovereign and the developers of the Firefox browser have been bound together as kindred spirits and, more importantly, as partners in a deal that makes Google the default choice in the Firefox search bar. That contract, which runs through November 2011, provides upwards of 90 percent of Mozilla’s annual revenue. The arrangement seemed to make everyone happy — Firefox grew its market share, Google collected more traffic, and everything was sunshine and roses for a while. But clouds began to form last year when Google started developing its own browser, Chrome, raising speculation that its days as Mozilla’s best buddy were numbered. And now a prominent Mozilla veteran is making waves with his recommendation that Firefox users switch their default search engine from Google to Microsoft’s Bing for privacy reasons.