Yahoo and Mozilla Partner to Bring Yahoo Search to Firefox

By Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO

Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into a five-year partnership with Mozilla to make Yahoo the default search experience on Firefox across mobile and desktop. Mozilla is an inspirational industry leader who puts users first and focuses on building forward-leaning, compelling experiences. This is the most significant partnership for Yahoo in five years and we’re so proud that Mozilla has chosen us as their long-term partner in search. 

At Yahoo, we believe deeply in search – it’s an area of investment and opportunity for us. It’s also a key growth area for us - we’ve now seen 11 consecutive quarters of growth in our search revenue on an ex-TAC basis. This partnership helps to expand our reach in search and gives us an opportunity to work even more closely with Mozilla to find ways to innovate in search, communications, and digital content. I’m also excited about the long-term framework we developed with Mozilla for future product integrations and expansion into international markets.

Our teams worked closely with Mozilla to build a clean, modern, and immersive search experience that will launch first to Firefox’s U.S. users in December and then to all Yahoo users in early 2015. The interactive and integrated experience also better leverages our world-class content and personalization technologies.

Search inspires us because we think it’s something that will change and improve dramatically, and because fundamentally, search is about human curiosity — and that is something that will never be finished.


Every Mozilla browser [such as Firefox] includes a special “about” feature that allows you to configure certain sections just by typing “about:whatever” into the address bar. For example, if you type “about:about,” you’ll see a list of all the menus they offer. Some of the menus are actually cute Easter eggs, like “about:robots,” which takes you to a page referencing things like Blade Runner, Futurama, and the eventual annihilation of all mankind. However, if you type “about:mozilla,” perhaps looking to learn a bit more about the browser, you’ll come across a red screen with ominous Bible-like text written on it…

6 Awesome Easter Eggs Hidden in Programs You Use Every Day

Missing Like/Reblog/Follow Buttons

Recently, the buttons on the top right of all Tumblr pages (reblog/like/edit/follow/home) went missing for Firefox users.

The problem is associated with Firefox’s new update: 34.0.5

Everything still works works fine on Firefox 33.1.1

If you’ve been having trouble viewing other people’s blogs or your own, you can…

  • use Safari or Chrome instead
  • revert back to an older version of Firefox
  • use the Tumblr Post add-on for Firefox

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Net Neutrality: Mozilla tells the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers

Mozilla might not be as big as Google or Netflix in most consumers’ minds but as the maker of the popular Firefox browser, it does have some clout. That’s why it’s noteworthy that Mozilla on Monday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission use the “nuclear option” against Internet service providers by reclassifying them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

We also need to remove the revolving door between the telecom industry and the FCC.

Act your part to preserve net neutrality:

The current “directory tile” ad experiment shows only for new Firefox users. A new “enhanced tile” program to launch soon will mean existing users can see some ads, too.

Well, this is exactly why I stopped using firefox. I do not want ads in my browser, also they endorsed DRM in HTML5, contributing to a further lockdown of the internet in the name of copyright.

They had their chance of being relevant, but we have better alternatives now. Use a firefox fork such as Pale Moon or Waterfox instead, don’t support what Mozilla has become. And especially don’t switch to Chrome, either.

Firefox Developer Edition

Mozilla today launched Firefox Developer Edition, which it is calling “the first browser created specifically for developers.”

It’s not just a browser: it’s a developer tool that should simplify the process of building for the entire Web, whether you’re targeting desktop, mobile, or both.

It brings together the core dev tools you already rely on to build, test, debug and scale web content and apps.

The Developer Edition is being released in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the browser.

Ten years ago, we built Firefox for early adopters and developers to give them more choice and control. Firefox integrated WebAPIs and Add-ons to enable people to get the most out of the Web. Now we’re giving developers the whole browser as a hard-hat area, allowing us to bring front and center the features most relevant to them. Having a dedicated developer browser means we can tailor the browsing experience to what developers do every day. - Mozilla.

This is just the beginning! Everyone online will benefit by the support of devs in this great project by Mozilla.

I’m using and sharing. What about you?

Download now the Firefox Developer Edition.

Read the launch blog post from Dave Camp, Director of Firefox Dev Tools.

John Gruber on the news that Mozilla is finally going to bring Firefox to iOS:

Practicality wins. I’ve long suspected that Mozilla’s leadership didn’t understand why Firefox beat IE. It wasn’t because Firefox was idealistically superior — open source, free of charge, superior support for open standards — but because it was just plain better to use.

Speaking from personal experience, I recall when I started using Firefox and that’s exactly right. I could not have cared less about any idealistic stance about the “open web” or some such at the time — I didn’t even know what that meant. I just cared that Firefox was faster than IE.

At the end of the day, products matter, not ideologies. 


Mozilla Factory Space /// Japan

Interior design : Nosigner

Nosigner design studio has designed new offices for Mozilla Japan, Mozilla Space Factory, based on the idea of ​​Open Source. Mozilla Japan is part of the Mozilla Foundation, which promoted the idea of open source and open source software. 

This office is built using common products such as corner or plastic pallets, which explores the concept of “Open Source modules Furniture”.

We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.

Lukas Blakk, Mozilla’s “Release Manager”, tweeting after a company event in Portland.

This is obviously quite a change-of-tune for Mozilla from the rhetoric of the past. And it’s welcomed, but it’s hard to envision a way Firefox can get a foothold on iOS in 2015. The web may not be dying, but web browsers are increasingly marginalized on mobile — and third-party ones in particular. 


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