Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 6th Dec 2011 21:38 UTC
Google "In Mozilla's recently released 2010 annual report, the foundation indicates that 86% and 84% of royalty revenue came from one contract in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Mozilla separately confirms that Google is its largest contract." Evan Niu at Motley Fool then estimates that of Mozilla's last year royalty revenue of $121.1 million, $101.7 million came from Google. The article speculates that Google might eventually kill Firefox by withdrawing its financial support.
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Google's support of Firefox isn't charity
by JoeBuck on Tue 6th Dec 2011 23:45 UTC
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Rather, it is a mutually beneficial deal. In exchange for the money, the default search engine in Firefox is Google, which means that Firefox users generate ad revenue for Google, and lots of it.

Should Google cut off Firefox, Firefox would have to pick alternative search engines to make up part of the revenue, and Google's revenues would decline somewhat as a result. Firefox might also need to resort to including advertising, perhaps blocking some of Google's to make up for it.

It is of course true that Google is in the stronger position, and could probably force Mozilla to take less money. But cutting them off entirely wouldn't be good business.

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