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"When we asked Google for an answer, the company stayed quiet, as it did when The Times came calling. And we're still awaiting an email from Mozilla on the matter. But it isn't hard to connect the dots."
If there was no problem wouldn't they have been happy to deny it?
Firefox is now much more significant that before. Recent browser stats show Firefox driving 10% to 30% of US website traffic (depending on type of site). They just hit 400 million downloads and are continuing to grow.
If Firefox changed their defaults to Yahoo, it would be a huge hit to Google traffic and ad revenue. Even if Firefox made adblock the default, they would still be attractive because they control a very large market share of users (that just happens to be increasing every month).
so firefox's increase in market share is partly due to google.
presumably google are expecting firefox to carry on eating into IE's market share, and can see the problems that might entail for them with the adblockers... (IE will never install an adblocker as standard because Microsoft have their own ad product)... so maybe they are trying to get a bit of a hold over them.
if a few years down the line firefox decides to install an adblocker as standard (like they already do for pop-ups) then google will kick up a fuss -- and will firefox want to threaten all the extra exposure that google is giving them?