What will we do without the force that is Google?
“Mozilla Chair Mitchell Baker says the Chrome browser is making the foundation behind Firefox rethink its reliance on revenues from Google. Since Google introduced its own Web browser, Chrome, the prospect that Google may not re-up the three-year contract set to expire in 2011 has Mozilla considering other search partnerships and ways to generate revenue, Baker said. ‘There are probably other search engines that would pay us more money,’ Baker says. Yahoo! and Microsoft’s MSN, Google’s two main search rivals, come to mind, but Baker says smaller search engines wouldn’t be discounted should such a situation arise. One player Baker won’t identify ‘offered a blank check to replace Google,’ she says. Set to launch on certain Nokia phones in late spring, Fennec is the first Mozilla browser optimized for mobile platforms. If it gains traction with enough handset makers and mobile users, Fennec could represent another way to draw revenue from a partnering search engine.”