grelmar - 6:15 am on Dec 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
FF sold out to Google for 100M after first choosing Bing for a short time, now they can afford making the browser faster.
More like Mozilla put Google's feet to the coals by threatening to set Bing as the default search engine until Google coughed up the $$ that Mozilla wanted.
At this exact moment in history, Mozilla is in a strong position to play spoiler in the search market. Microsoft/Bing would pay a hefty fee for the additional search share that would accrue from being the default Mozilla search engine. Google can't afford to take the black eye that would result from the lost search share, with the extra bruising from being seen dumping sponsorship of a darling of the open source community.
All FF has to do is maintain a 20-30% market share, and they will get to continue to play spoiler, and extract a ransom from Google or Bing once every three years.
Nice business model for a "Non-Profit".