Blake Ross, the developer of most sophisticated graphic web browser Mozilla Firefox has reportedly said that he is losing faith in Google.
Call me naive: I think you can make a lot of money, go public, even monopolize a market, and still retain a moral compass that points in the direction of Google’s stated top priority—users. But Google lost me today:
He came down heavily on Google's monopoly policy towards the Adwords/Adsense, the primary advertising product of Google offering PPC ads and site-targeted adverting for both text and banner ads.
He commented, “ Google has been advertising its own products through AdWords for some time, and I see nothing wrong with that. The protest that unjustifiably erupted three weeks ago questioned the positioning of these ads. As advertisers began making antitrust overtures, Walter H. from Google Marketing stepped in to sooth nerves (emphasis mine): It’s important to note, however, that our ads are created and managed under the exact same guidelines, principles, practices and algorithms as the ads of any other advertiser…There are no algorithm changes to ’smooth the way’ for Google’s ads”.
Shall we see change in the FireFox's default search sooner or later? If it happens, what would be its impact on search engine market?