Google back on Fire­fox

San Francisco Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

Mozilla rolled out a ma­jor up­date to its Fire­fox Web browser on Tues­day with a bevy of new fea­tures, and one old fren­emy: Google.

Mozilla said Fire­fox’s de­fault search en­gine will be Google in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Tai­wan. A pre­vi­ous deal be­tween the two com­pa­nies was scut­tled when Fire­fox and Google’s Chrome browser be­came bit­ter ri­vals and Mozilla switched from Google to Ya­hoo three years ago. Ya­hoo agreed to pay more than $300 mil­lion a year over five years, more than Google was will­ing to pay.

It’s un­clear how much Google paid to re­claim this prized dig­i­tal spot. A Google spokes­woman con­firmed the deal but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther, and Mozilla didn’t dis­close fi­nan­cial de­tails.

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