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Mozilla Firefox switching default search engine to Yahoo

“Let me Yahoo that.” 

It doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Let me Google that”, what is now synonym to the modern world as “Let me look that up online”, but that’s just what Mozilla Firefox users might be using come December 2014.

As announced on The Mozilla Blog, starting next month, Yahoo Search will become the default search engine for Firefox in the U.S.

Mozilla’s partnership with Google is about to come to an end, and looks like this time it will not be renewed. Mozilla has instead struck a deal with Yahoo, which lasts for five years, for the latter to become its default search provider.

As part of this new deal, Yahoo will be providing a new search interface for American Firefox users and honouring the Do Not Track (DNT) option in Firefox. 

Alternate search options that will continue to be built-in are Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Twitter and Wikipedia.

In Russia, however, Yandex Search will be the default search engine. Google, DuckDuckGo, OZON.ru, Price.ru, Mail.ru, and Wikipedia will continue to be built-in as alternate search options.

In China, there will be no change to the current default search engine, Baidu. Alternate search options that will continue to be built-in will be Google, Bing, Youdao, Taobao and other local options.

Google might no longer be the default search engine but it will still power the Safe Browsing and Geolocation features of Firefox, as well as continue being a pre-installed search option.

Firefox will now have 61 search providers pre-installed in Firefox across 88 different language versions.

It remains to be seen whether for other countries like Malaysia and Singapore, any other updates will be made to the Mozilla browser.

(Photo sources: techcrunch.com, blog.mozilla.org)

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