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Firefox risks user backlash by adding search box to new tab page

Jun 14, 2014, 06:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregg Keizer)

Along with the nine thumbnails representing the user's most-frequently-visited websites, the new tab page in Firefox 31's beta sports a search field near the top of the window. Typing a search string in the box initiates a search on Google, unless the user has changed the default search engine. If the Firefox user has changed the search engine -- say, to Yahoo or Microsoft's Bing -- that choice is also used in the new tab page's search box.

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