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Mozilla ditches Google in Firefox, strikes deal with Yahoo

Browser builder jettisons Web leader as international default search engine

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Yahoo Inc has persuaded Mozilla Corp to use the Yahoo search engine as the US default in Firefox Web browsers, ousting search leader Google as its three-year deal with Mozilla comes to an end, Reuters reported.

Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, is confident the coup will allow the company to grow its meagre, and falling, share of the search market.

While no financial terms were disclosed regarding the agreement, Yahoo did say the change would come into effect in December and would involve a revenue sharing model. The change will also cover both PCs and mobile app versions of Firefox.

Google’s deal with Mozilla was international, while Yahoo’s covers only the US market. In other territories, Mozilla has replaced Google with regional players, including Baidu in China and Yandex in Russia. Yahoo's share of the US desktop PC search market stands at around 10%, according to comScore, while Microsoft has 20% and Google commands 67%.

In browsers, Firefox controlled 10.4% of the US desktop and mobile market last month, according to StatCounter. Google Chrome dominated that space with 33.5%.