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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RE[2]: Firefox is still too
by Kivada on Wed 7th Dec 2011 05:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Firefox is still too"
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And yet there are ad-blocking extensions for all the major browsers. I'm sure you don't tell your friends about that though.

Thing is Google is part of the problem, Google frowns upon the use of ad blocking and anonymizing software is digging into their adsense data. Google collects too much data as it is.

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RE[3]: Firefox is still too
by Morgan on Wed 7th Dec 2011 20:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Firefox is still too"
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I agree with you there. Google is the ultimate technology drug: Pretty much everyone dislikes their privacy practices and the staggering volume of information they glean from us, yet we can't stop using their services! If you have an Android phone, they see pretty much everything you do. Even the iPhone has a lot of Google tracking built in.

Microsoft has made some progress in offering the same level of web-based services and tight integration that Google offers, but is it any better that they get your data instead? In the end a large corporation has detailed metrics on you, enough to generate a profile with so much info that it would put the FBI and other government agencies to shame. Just one's search history alone provides deep insight into their thought patterns, interests and even fetishes. Combine that with the full contents of their Docs or Skydrive account, gTalk or Messenger logs, Google+ or Live profile, and so on...either company would know the person better than they know themselves.

And what is the alternative? These days if you forego the above services (and by that I mean no smartphone unless it's something cloud-agnostic like the n900 or a six year old Treo) you would be cut off, a digital pariah. We are right in the middle of any 80s cyberpunk novel, minus the gritty underbelly of the big city. It's gotten to the point that if you don't have the latest smartphone connected to its respective cloud service, pumping your vital data through its pipes minute by minute, you don't really exist.

And yes, I know that is all a bit overly dramatic. But when you stop to think about it, in the past five years we have catapulted ourselves into a socially networked sea of information, and we're drowning in it. I look at my dad, who is quite adept technologically but still refuses to have a smartphone or a social network account, and will not use Google unless it is by proxy. Despite his outsider status in the realm of modern social networking, we still manage to talk all the time and he is actually quite happy and at peace in his retirement.

Do I feel that I could forgo my connected life and do the same? Maybe, but to be honest I'm hooked. The Google machine has my cog firmly in place and is grinding away.

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RE[4]: Firefox is still too
by Kivada on Thu 8th Dec 2011 04:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Firefox is still too"
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I'm still in my 20's and I still refuse to use any social media services, Use bog standard basic smartphones that don't have an OS made by Google, MS or Apple. I use DuckDuckGo's SSL search plugin and have the addressbar search do the same in Firefox, have no Flash in the base OS, only in a VM for the few HIB games that require it. Just sucks theres no other service but Yuotube that hosts videos in an OSS format.

Shame the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner phone never caught on, it looks like there isn't any US distributer still stocking them...

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