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Firefox 34 arrives with Yahoo as the default search engine in North America

By Shawn Knight
Dec 2, 2014
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  1. Mozilla wasted little time in making the switch from Google to Yahoo as the default search engine in Firefox. Firefox 34 is now available for download and for the first time in several years, Google isn't the go-to search provider.
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  2. DouglasReynholm

    DouglasReynholm TS Rookie

    Adding extra step in order to use firefox. Check.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,492   +2,044

    You're welcome to FF, it's a browser I never warmed to at all.
     
  4. scottie

    scottie TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Why not duckduckgo for default search. At least they don't watch you like hawk.
     
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,508   +501

    Because they made a partnership with Yahoo, also you are not forced to anything you can switch it in a click or two.

    You are free to use Chrome but don't forget to log it into your google account...

    Yes because OMG I can't be bothered to two-click on a browser, darned capitalist bastards who need money to support a non-lucrative non-spying free explorer!!!
     
  6. scottie

    scottie TS Rookie Posts: 16

    I think google chrome browser spys on you. Then signing into your google account while browsing makes them even more nosy. You should try comodo dragon browser or chromium browser , or comodo secure browser , or sr iron. Which they are all based on google chrome without the nosy features.
     
  7. Guest17

    Guest17 TS Enthusiast Posts: 92   +37

    Firefox with the FF Classic app overlay makes FF as good as ever. Yahoo as the default search, while not the best choice, gives Google a smack upside the head it rightly deserves. If FF would only incorporate Flash into the browser, it would be the only game in town.
     
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,508   +501

    It was sarcasm =P
     
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,897

    Google or Yahoo, makes no difference to me. I will continue manually changing to Bing.
     
  10. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 62   +29

    Actually Yahoo is powered by Bing now so you'll be getting the same results.
     
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,897

    Possibly true but Yahoo will not be getting credit for my search results.
     
  12. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    Google doesn't spy on you per say, but they definitely do track you. It's so they can target ads and links that apply to you and your daily life. But Google isn't the one spying on you, that would be the NSA. Where Google tracks what you do so they know what you do and don't like and you will and will not click on, the NSA is less interested in that. They don't care if you click on cat videos or links that have intel ads over amd, they care about what's on your hard drive. There have been several reported cases of the NSA phishing as popular social media sites. One example would be when some users connect to facebook they get redirected to an NSA model of facebook. Once you sign in it downloads a trojan to your computer and starts uploading all of the content to an NSA database.

    If I would be worried about someone spying on me, it's not Google.

    As for the Yahoo instead of Google for FireFox, it seems more eh to me. Yeah it's an extra click or so but business is business. If you don't like it, use chrome. It's as simple as that
     
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,882

    Duh, ya think?
     
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,596   +335

    I think it doesn't matter which browser you use, one way or another you're going to be tracked anyhow. If you're concerned about being tracked, unplug from the internet. Oh wait, then they'll track you via snail mail. Oh well. :) Seasons greetings :)
     
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,882

    Perhaps the government can track you by snail mail, but that's a bit cynical even by my standards.

    They can't do wholesale surveillance on everyone in the country's paper mail. Plus I expect they would have to open practically every piece, one at a time to read it.

    No matter though, they have a country full of of smug, whiny, cell phone addicted, "users" to bring the game to them.

    Relax, you'll always find a sympathetic ear here at Techspot. Someone who will actually sympathize with the old, "I, of my own free will, placed all my business out into the world by broadcast means, and now somebody's listening to it, boo hoo" complaint, in perpetuity!

    FWIW, most sensible people wouldn't take the time to listen in on the nonsense that's posted at TS, let alone listen in or you and the missus blabbering over the airways, double checking the shopping list as you go.

    We ancients had some foresight and dignity about those things. You wrote down the shopping list beforehand. Then you didn't have to run your mouth on the phone, stopping in the middle of the aisles and impeding everyone else's progress. Don't get me started about the cell phone armed drivers when trying to get home from said store. Those people, I firmly believe, should be heavily ticketed, and have the damned phone taken off them.

    In fact, I think the NSA should intercept those calls made from behind the wheel, and either interrupt them with a safety reminder, or simply jamb them.
     
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,596   +335

    @captaincranky, some of what you say I agree with other parts, hmmmm :)
     
  17. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,596   +335

    @captaincranky, some of what you say I agree with other parts, hmmmm :)
     
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,882

    @learninmypc You do understand in my commentary, those "yous" are in the royal, impersonal sense, don't you?

    Is it scary to you that you agree with me at all?
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2014
  19. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,596   +335

    If I understand your corny sense of humor, the "yous" are not directed at me specifically but in general :).
    We agree to disagree on a lot of things :)
     

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