Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Dec 2009 18:35 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Mozilla & Gecko clones The ripples caused by Google's Eric Schmidt's words are spreading further and further throughout the internet. Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, wrote on his blog, urging people to switch away from Google to Bing, which he claims has a better privacy policy. Dotzler points users to the Firefox Bing add-on.
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RE: Follow the money
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 12th Dec 2009 23:40 UTC in reply to "Follow the money"
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Apparently, Microsoft Corp has offered Mozilla Corp more money for less effort than has Google, Inc. Asa has always been a pretty reliable weather vane on that count.

That seems fairly plausible. Microsoft has already offered to pay individual websites to list with Bing (and not Google) - and Mozilla gets paid by Google for searches done through the Firefox default homepage, the search field, etc. I wouldn't be terribly surprised to hear that Microsoft has made a similar offer to Mozilla, or that Mozilla has "shopped around" with search providers.

IMO Microsoft is sufficiently pragmatic (or sufficiently mercenary, depending on how you look at it) to do something like that. I'm sure that they would prefer if everyone used IE on Windows, but they'll happily "settle" for the consolation prize of having people use Microsoft services with Firefox.

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