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

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.