Mozilla, Google Negotiating New Search Deal

Google and Mozilla have a common enemy in the browser wars in Microsoft, but perhaps more importantly, the two software companies have an even greater common interest: money. Since that's the case, it would be in both of their interests to work together if it means lining their pockets with cash, and that's what the two have decided to do.

If you poked your head on HotHardware over the weekend, you would have read how Google is in position to deal a death blow to Firefox, or at least make things very difficult for Mozilla (and if not, see here). The upside for Google is that without Firefox in the picture, Chrome becomes a ginormous No. 2 player in the browser market, and perhaps picks up enough users to jump ahead of Internet Explorer. But by renewing its search agreement with Mozilla, Google can ensure a steady stream of ad revenue resulting from all those diehard Firefox fans.

"We generally don't disclose specific terms of business agreements. We can confirm that we still have an agreement with Mozilla, but have nothing new to share at this time," a Google spokesperson told CNet News.

Mozilla wasn't willing to get into specifics either, but also confirmed that its "search relationship with Google remains positive for both" parties. Moreover, Mozilla expressed "confidence that search partnerships will continue to be a strong and growing generator of revenue for the foreseeable future."