Mozilla, Yahoo Sue Each Other Over Firefox’s Default Search Engine

After the escalating feud between Google and Amazon. This time we are seeing another war  involving Mozilla and Yahoo.

Reports claim that Mozilla has officially dropped Yahoo as the official search engine provider for its browser Firefox. This means that Mozilla Firefox users will not be able to use Yahoo as the default engine.

Firefox users noticed the changes just last month in the browser’s default search engine. The move has caused a looming legal battle between the two tech companies.

Now, Mozilla and Yahoo sued each other because of the deal back in 2014 which made Yahoo as the default search engine for Firefox. According to tech analysts, the 2014 deal was actually favourable to Mozilla.

The deal has actually provided Mozilla an option to back out the deal. If Mozilla had opted not to pursue the deal, the company will be receiving a huge amount of money amounting to $375 million annually until 2019.

However,  such annual payment is only possible if Yahoo was acquired by a third party company and Mozilla has a new unsuitable partner.

Recently, Mozilla has launched a major update to its browser called the FireFox Quantum. Firefox’s major update came as Mozilla terminated the deal  with Yahoo just last month.

Meanwhile, Firefox users have actually lauded the new major update, earning a wave of positive reviews.  Mozilla issued a statement on Tuesday, explaining the company’s decision in a blog post.

“We recently exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo based on a number of factors including doing what’s best for our brand,” Mozilla said.

A number of factors include quality web search, and users’ context experience. In the end, Mozilla argued that staying with Yahoo may have a negative impact in the long run.

Responding to Mozilla’s move, Yahoo has sued Mozilla for breach of contract.

“Yahoo has suffered and will continue to suffer competitive injury to its business and reputation, among other harm,” Yahoo said in a  statement.

Baidu set to release own version of mobile Web broswer

China’s most used search engine, Baidu, has released their version of Web browser for Android, further giving Android users a new way to surf the Web on their devices.

Though Baidu is considered as the most popular search engine in China’s vast market, the company lags behind its rivals UCWeb and Tencent with regards to expanding their business to mobile devices.

Being the most populated country in the whole world, China also has the biggest number of Internet users.

Baidu said that their latest mobile Web browser can support fast Internet access and downloads and enables users to run Web-based applications. The company said that they will also create a cloud computing center for those who use mobile to access the web more than their desktops or laptops.

The company has majority of usage when it pertains to search engines in China with a 78.6% market share. Google on the other hand has only 15.7%. This figures come from research firm Analysys International.

According to Baidu Chairman Robin li, “The cloud-supported mobile Internet is the focus of the next wave of innovation.

538 million Chinese went online as of the end of July. This figure is up 11% from the previous year.

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Google dominates search engine usage in UK

Internet users form the United Kingdom are fond of visiting search engines as data showed that these sites are the most they frequently log on. This shows that search marketing is still one of the most important elements of social advertising.

According to data compiled by Experian Hitwise, about 2.3 billion hits were accumulated by search engines in the first month of 2012. This shows a rise from the previous data collected during the same month last year that said that search engines were visited about 2.2 billion times.

The most popular search engine still is Google. According to the data, the search giant had 90% market share in UK. Though the figure signifies dominance in its class, the data revealed that Google dropped 1.11% from the previous month but was up .27% if we compare to January 2011.

Microsoft’s Bing gained .59% market from December 2011. They have a 4% market share of UK’s search engine usage. Yahoo! on the other hand also saw a positive growth of .45% from December 2011.

According to market research analyst of Experian Hitwise James Murray, “Search is one of the most crucial elements of online marketing and our data shows that search is growing, with nearly 100 million more visits going to search engines this January than last January.”

Firefox search engine negotiation for Google, Mozilla?

Mozilla and Google has teamed up for several years now. Google has been the default search engine for Mozilla. And in those instances the latter has been receiving some valuable payments in exchange for the exclusivity.

However, the deal has already expired last November. Does this open the doors for Bing and other search engines to knock on Mozilla’s doors and offer their services to this browsing giant?

A spokesperson from Mozilla has confirmed that they “are in active negotiations” with Google “[but] have nothing further to announce this time.”

She added that their “search relationship with Google remains positive” for the two. She also indicated that they have “every confidence that search partnerships will continue to be a strong and growing generator of revenue for the foreseeable future.”

An official statement from Google said that the company doesn’t generally “disclose specific terms of business agreements” and that they “can confirm that we still have an agreement with Mozilla, but have nothing new to share at this time.”

In their October slate report however, Mozilla admits that their biggest search contract is with Google, taking up 84 percent of its royalty revenues.

According to the Mozilla-managed search engine, “the majority of Mozilla’s revenue is generated from search funtionality included in our Firefox product through all major search partners including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, Amazon, Ebay and others. Mozilla’s reported revenues also include very important individual and corporate donations and grants as well as other forms of income from our investable assets.”

So will these two internet giants take their separate ways? Let’s stay tuned 🙂

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Yahoo!-Microsoft deal gets green light from Australia and Canada

Google better be ready, as the partnership between Yahoo! and Microsoft gets the stamp of approval from Australian and Canadian competition authorities today.

The 10-year Internet search and advertising partnership between the two companies was first unveiled in July, and will tackle head-on against Google. This no-cash deal will allow Yahoo! to use Microsoft’s Bing search engine on its sites. In return, Yahoo! will be providing exclusive global sales force for premium search adveritisers.

“Microsoft and Yahoo! have been notified that Australian and Canadian authorities have separately concluded their reviews and have no objections to our proposed search agreement,” the two said a joint statement. “We continue to believe that this deal will create a true, competitive alternative in the marketplace that will benefit consumers, advertisers and publishers.”

Yahoo! and Microsoft also said that they remain hopeful that the agreements will be finalized by early next year.

The partnership of the two companies however, is still yet to be reviewed by US anti-trust regulators.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20091124/tc_afp/usaustraliacanadaitinternetyahoomicrosoftgoogle

Microsoft teams up with Twitter and Facebook

Yes, its confirmed. Microsoft’s newest search engine, Bing, will be bringing real-time search results from Twitter and eventually, Facebook. The announcement was made by search head Qi Lu and senior vice president usuf Mehdi at the Web 2.0 Summit in Francisco held today.

Real time tweets were available in beta from Twitter at Bing.com/twitter starting today. Facebook info will arrive “at a later date”, according to Mehdi.

So how does this work?

Users of the Bing Twitter search can view the tweets that match their query chronologically. They also have the option to view the results in “best match” mode where according to Medhi, Bing’s team will “apply a bunch of our search techniques and relevancy to improve the results.”

“You have to do more visual things, you have to do more sophisticated things, and you have to have better access to data,” Mehdi said.

Don’t expect to dig out deets regarding how much the deal cost Microsoft though coz if there was, Microsoft and Twitter are keeping mum about it. Facebook however, was quick to set the records straight. According Shery Sandberg, Facebook’s site’s chief operating officer, “no money changed hands” in its deal with Microsoft.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10380306-36.html

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