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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Follow the money
by sbergman27 on Fri 11th Dec 2009 19:38 UTC
sbergman27
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2005-07-24

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.

Edited 2009-12-11 19:39 UTC

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RE: Follow the money
by eksasol on Sat 12th Dec 2009 17:35 in reply to "Follow the money"
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2009-04-05

" sbergman27 Apparently, Microsoft Corp has offered Mozilla Corp more money for less effort than has Google, Inc."
What a crock a crap.

Edited 2009-12-12 17:37 UTC

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RE[2]: Follow the money
by sbergman27 on Sat 12th Dec 2009 17:40 in reply to "RE: Follow the money"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"Apparently, Microsoft Corp has offered Mozilla Corp more money for less effort than has Google, Inc."

What a crock a crap.

I'll betcha I'm right, though. There will be a carefully worded announcement pertaining to this sometime in the next month or so. :-)

It makes perfect sense for MS to offer. It would be surprising if they didn't now that they've kicked their search efforts into high gear. And if MS offered and Mozilla turned it down, Mozilla Corp would be playing that PR card all over the Internet. But they aren't. Instead, they have a well known Mozilla rep unofficially floating this trial balloon in his blog.

Microsoft has recently offered Mozilla a truck-load of money, and Mozilla Corp wants to accept it. Just watch.

Edited 2009-12-12 17:57 UTC

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RE: Follow the money
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 12th Dec 2009 23:40 in reply to "Follow the money"
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2005-07-06

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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