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Firefox dumps Google, signs with Yahoo as default search engine

Yahoo will replace Google as the default search engine on the Firefox web browser in the US, signalling Yahoo’s resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the internet’s ad market. The five-year alliance announced on Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the US between Google and the Mozilla Foundation, which oversees the Firefox browser. The tensions between Google and Mozilla had been rising since Google’s introduction of the Chrome browser in 2008 began to undercut Firefox. Google’s contract with Mozilla expires at the end of November. Even though Chrome is now more widely used, Firefox still has a loyal audience that makes more than 100bn search requests annually worldwide. Besides dropping Google in the US, Mozilla is also shifting Firefox to the Baidu search engine in China and to Yandex in Russia. Firefox users still have the option to pull down a tab to pick Google and other search engines as their preferred way for looking up i