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Brinke Guthrie [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, August 16, 2007
12 years ago2,717 views

techcrunch.com/2007/08/15/what ...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

More info on the rumors:

naturalsearchblog.com/archives ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

And The Search Engine Herald continues reporting this:
New Google Hire Renews Browser Rumors
searchengineherald.com/2007/08 ...

Mr. Michal Zalewski really can help Google to make a safe browser.
The story includes information about the one related problem too – how to avoid blocking Adsense ads...

Brinke Guthrie [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It seems like the logical extension to world domination. Excuse me, computer/net domination.

Search? check.
IM? check.
Mail? check.
Photos? check.
Docs? check.
Browser? TBD.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Google is too committed to whatever knocks the thrown off IE, if that means partnering with browsers and employing people (who's job will probably to contribute to the Firefox).

Of course, the employee hiring rumours could simply be a Google Gears developer.

Dev [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I don't get it – why doesn't Google just acquire Firefox and adapt it to suite their applications?

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I don't think you can acquire Firefox. The name belongs to the Mozilla Foundation, which is a non-profit organization, and as such can't be bought. The Firefox code is GPL and belongs to all its users, so can't be bought either.

But if Google ever released Gbrowser I'm pretty sure it would be based on Firefox, with some additional Google integration.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you will acquire Firefox you have to own SeaMonkey etc. too. It's not possible.

Simply, Google will not acquire FF!

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Is it possible for Mozilla to "transfer" the project onto Google's hands though? I doubt this is feasible anyway, can't imagine the privacy concerns that'd come with it!

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization founded specifically to develop Mozilla products, the money without the products to develop is useless for it. Nobody will ever buy Amnesty International, and nobody will buy Mozilla. Because of this internet rush people tend to forget that not everything is to buy.

And people can always get Firefox's code and start a new product, so although Mozilla Foundation has control over the name and project's servers, controversial moves are not in its interest.

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