Ubuntu changes to Yahoo as default search provider
Posted Feb 3, 2010 11:56 UTC (Wed) by Hanno
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> The difference being that Google has been the technically best search engine for well over a decade.
Since a long time, it has also been the only search engine with a built-in, very lucrative business model for those who integrate it: Make Google your users' default and Google will give you a share of the Adsense revenue.
You might want to read up on Mozilla's sources of income. Technical excellence is certainly not the only reason for Google being the default search engine in Firefox.
Google can do this for all of their products, e.g. for Android and ChromeOS: "Thats right; Google will pay [manufacturers] to use their mobile OS. I like to call this the 'less than free' business model. This is a remarkable card to play. Because of its dominance in search, Google has ad rates that blow away the competition."
> though the users they seem to collect, judging from what I've seen on their forums, I hope they will keep...
Certainly, whenever something gains mass appeal, one needs to diss it for attracting people less smarter than oneself. I am quite convinced that your favourite Linux distribution is only used by smart and beautiful people.
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