Posted by: Anonymous
on December 20, 2008 04:37 PM
Now that Mozilla corporation is raking in money (from Google and perhaps others), they seem to be losing their interest in remaining non-proprietary. Their business model of harvesting data[*] from Firefox users as a service to proprietary data companies (e.g. the Google Search toolbar, which seems to be where Mozilla corporation has been getting most of their income so far). Their choice of the proprietary (windows-only) "Skyhook" service as the default location information provider for Firefox 3.1 beta seems to be in the same scheme. I have no idea what they're getting from Skyhook in return for recruiting Firefox 3.1 users to submit access-point location data to Skyhook's database, but I can't imagine they'd insert this proprietary service for FREE...