If you use Firefox as your main web browser, you might notice a change in your search bar this December. On Wednedsay, Mozilla announced a partnership with Yahoo: For the next five years, Yahoo will be the default search engine for Mozilla Firefox.
Other search engines, like [company]Google[/company], Bing, and DuckDuckGo will still be a menu click away, and users will still be able to switch their default.
[company]Mozilla[/company] is a nonprofit company, and for years its primary source of revenue (up to 90 percent) has been the contracts it has with search engines — especially Google, the previous default engine provided on Firefox’s new tab page as well as its search bar.
From Mozilla’s 2012 annual report:
Revenues from Google have increased significantly since 2011. What changed with that relationship?
Our search partnerships are designed as multi-year contracts. Near the end of each contract, Mozilla negotiates market-value rates from multiple search…
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