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FireFox is the biggest GooGle whore making $66 Million a Year! Will Google Buy it?

Discussion in 'Google' started by mubin, Oct 25, 2007.

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    I recently checked the financial returns of firefox, apparently they are making $66 million this year, which is a jump from $52 million last year.

    85% of its income comes from the contract with Google.

    The contract is up for renewal in November 2008.

    Will google try to buy out firefox like it has bought feedburner for 100 million?

    Randy brown dropped a comment saying that if google buys out firefox we can kiss our referral income goodbye but do you think it would be more money for us or less with Google buying Firefox?

    Check out the post here:

    Click here to read about the Biggest Google Whore: FireFox

    Dont forget to stumble.
     
    mubin, Oct 25, 2007 IP
  2. jacobkell

    jacobkell Active Member

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    Buy firefox??You cant buy open source howmuch i know since firefox is under gpl licence.Atleast i think it's under gpl licence.
     
    jacobkell, Oct 25, 2007 IP
  3. ForgottenCreature

    ForgottenCreature Notable Member

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    Well - they might. I wouldn't be surprised.
     
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  4. mubin

    mubin Well-Known Member

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    They could buy out the mozilla foundation...
     
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    davewashere Active Member

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    Couldn't Google still buy it and keep it under GPL? I think you can buy open source, you just can't buy it and turn it into closed source. It's not like FF makes its money by charging people for the browser. Google's interest in buying it would be keeping the ad revenue for itself, and that ad revenue does not violate the GPL.
     
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    Remotay Active Member

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    ISn't FF Open source?...
     
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  7. Divisive Cottonwood

    Divisive Cottonwood Peon

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    The code is certainly open source - nobody can buy the code.

    And the Mozilla Foundation is not-for-profit so that can't be bought either.
     
    Divisive Cottonwood, Oct 25, 2007 IP
  8. mubin

    mubin Well-Known Member

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    so what are they doing with that $66 Million Profit.
     
    mubin, Oct 25, 2007 IP
  9. Dempsey

    Dempsey Peon

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    There are two things:

    The Mozilla Foundation
    non-profit organization which controls firefox etc

    The Mozilla Corporation
    wholly owned taxable subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, which can make money
     
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  10. mubin

    mubin Well-Known Member

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    So they would invest in or try to take out the Mozilla Corporation. They could do it... Its GooGle not Microsoft at the end of the day.
     
    mubin, Oct 25, 2007 IP
  11. mjesales

    mjesales Peon

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    They could buy it - but I doubt they would. They seem to have a nice partnership going on now.
     
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  12. satangod

    satangod Guest

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    Why dont google make their own browser
    It would be instant hit
     
    satangod, Oct 25, 2007 IP
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    LevaCygnet Peon

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    They're definitely protecting the browser in the search results. Look what happens when you search for "firefox.org" -- firefox.org is MY site, it's not a mozilla site, but you get the Mozilla sites first. Shouldn't "firefox.org" be the first result in a search for the domain "firefox.org" and not "Mozilla.com?"

    Apparently I have a slight penalty there ... (I don't really mind; most of my traffic comes from other sources of traffic anyway. Mozilla's a great virtual neighbor and I wish them all the success in the world. But it's a curious result.)
     
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  14. mubin

    mubin Well-Known Member

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    Because they can afford to buy out an already successful brand.

    As they did with youtube... remember how that turned out?
     
    mubin, Oct 25, 2007 IP
  15. Turbo-Productions

    Turbo-Productions Peon

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    hehe I think my school does this as well.. clever girl...
     
    Turbo-Productions, Oct 25, 2007 IP
  16. wisdomtool

    wisdomtool Moderator Staff

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    I think Google will buy out FF, it fits into the product range, Google has an extensively impressive arsenal but it still lacks a Browser!
     
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  17. GoodPoints

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    Any online profitable or heavily visited sites are targets of acquisition.
     
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    monosodium Well-Known Member

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    where exactly does ff display those ads which rake in $66 million?
     
    monosodium, Oct 26, 2007 IP
  19. quite

    quite Peon

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    its when you search using the built in search box or firefox homepage, ff takes a cut dont they?
     
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  20. monosodium

    monosodium Well-Known Member

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    about a buck per user, i guess that makes sense.
     
    monosodium, Oct 26, 2007 IP