Shots Fired By Google in the Yahoo/Firefox Partnership
March 13, 2015
While doing a Google search this morning, I noticed an interesting message from Google above the search results. It said, ‘Switch your default search engine to Google.’
Clicking the Learn how button takes you to a page with steps and screenshots showing how to change your default search engine in Firefox.
This is in response to a recent deal between Firefox and Yahoo, where Yahoo replaced Google as Firefox’s default search engine. According to reports the change has provided a small boost to Yahoo’s already rather small percent of the search market, with Google also loosing 1 percent during the same time.
Whether this is due to actual concerns over loosing customers or just not letting their competition have anything easy is anyone’s guess. However, this is not the only time Google has used it’s market position to attack their competition. For years, Google has been pushing Google Chrome on Firefox and Internet Explorer users.
Update 03/20/2015: The following adblock element hiding rule seems to work to get rid of it: google.com##DIV#taw