The Firefox browser may not be as independent as previously thought. Mozilla essentially owns Firefox, and it proved so when it flexed its muscles last year in forcing Debian to rename its browser IceWeasel.
However, the open secret in the tech sector is that at the end of the day, Google calls the shots. When the Big G wants some technology in Firefox, a patch gets applied. Worse, as this blog post will explain, when a pro-user security feature in the browser threatens Google's business model, it is the feature that is made to compromise--not the search engine.
First, a few highlights of the Firefox-Google relationship.
Fact: $56 million of the $66 million that Mozilla made in 2006 came from Google. The vast majority of this was due to the fact that Google is the default search engine for queries entered into the Firefox search bar.
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