Hey Firefox – Let Us Pick Our Own Search Engine!

So Firefox 3 has a new release candidate making news, suggesting that the browser is nearly done. May I suggest that the browser is nowhere near being done until the Mozilla Foundation drops its favoritism to Google and allow users to pick their own default search engine? And that Microsoft ought to be among those choices? Seriously, the entire Firefox+Google love fest is a joke. Let's revisit a little history here. Google fought and fought to pressure Microsoft so that no search provider was the default in Internet Explorer 7, arguing this was the best for consumer choice: "The m [...]

Firefox: Google’s Secret Weapon Against Microsoft?

Will Success, or All That Money From Google, Spoil Firefox? from the New York Times asks if all the money Google is feeding Firefox going to hurt the browser and the community behind the browser in the future, by aligning the browser too closely with Google and its war against Microsoft. Of the $66 million in revenue reported by Mozilla, 85 percent of that came from Google. But Mozilla said they made sure Google "understood the separation between a search relationship and the rest of our activities." That may suggest that Mozilla is aware of why Google may want them to overtake Microsoft's [...]

A Power Tool For Social Media Submitters

One very important factor in executing successful linkbaiting campaigns is to have power accounts on the various social news sites. Having a power account increases the chances of hitting the popular pages for the content you submit. Building up a power account takes a lot of time and one of the more difficult aspects of it is continually submitting content that the community will find valuable. Enter Social Media for FireFox, a new browser extension that helps you easily find quality stories to submit. It saves you time by showing in your browser window if a story has already been submitt [...]

Yahoo Adds Search Suggestions To Toolbar

The Yahoo Search Blog announced that downloads of the Yahoo Toolbar for Internet Explorer will now have "as you type" search suggestions functionality. Yahoo has been on a search suggestion frenzy lately, last month launching search suggestions on Yahoo.com and beta testing Yahoo Search Assist. [...]

See Google Results From Any Country With Firefox Extension

RedFly Marketing developed a Firefox extension that enables you to see Google search results from any country. It is well known that Google will change the search results for a keyword phrase based on the country you are searching in. This new Firefox extension easily allows you to see the localized search results, as if you are sitting in that country. This works both with organic and sponsored search results. For more information on this tool or to download it, visit here. [...]

Google Takes Action To ‘Strip’ Confidential Information From Google Blacklist

Vnunet reports that Google has admitted to the leak of passwords via the Google Blacklist. But Google has also issued a statement saying that they "procedures have been put in place to strip login information from future submissions." As I noted yesterday, this is not the first time confidential information has been found in Google's phishing blacklist, but hopefully, this will be the last time. [...]

Google’s Blacklist Of Phishing Sites Contained Bank Information & More Confidential Details

Google Blacklist Contained Confidential Information at Techcrunch reports that Google's phishing blacklist, which is publicly available for anyone to see, had confidential information enclosed. Such information included "usernames and passwords of individuals, including credentials for accounts at banks and other financial institutions." Google has quietly removed the information that may put users at risk, but it just shows us that this can happen. Danny discussed the other week, his experience with the Google & Firefox 2 Anti-Phishing Warning when he went to his bank online. The Google [...]

Microsoft Live & Yahoo Push For Firefox Users, Plus Revisiting The IE7 Search Battle

Today I noticed Live.com trying to get me to search with it in Firefox. Then Yahoo did the same thing. So I guess a new round of "let's change search defaults" is going on within Firefox. That seemed a good excuse for a revisit how the various search engines are trying to pull us as their default choices in both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox. Back in October, I did a big fat article looking at the state of how search worked in Internet Explorer 7 and how search providers were trying to suck you into making them your default search choice. It was Firefox stuff that got me going to [...]

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