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субота, 24 грудня 2011 р.

Mozilla Firefox, Apple, Facebook: Hot Trends

Google will pay Mozilla roughly $300 million a year for three years, totaling nearly $900 million after the price was reportedly bid higher from Microsoft(MSFT_) and Yahoo!(YHOO_). This will mean about three times the amount of money in 2012 as Mozilla took in 2010, when $100 million of its $123 million in revenue was due to its search deal with Google at the time.

Google and Mozilla haven't commented on the financial terms of the agreement, though Mozilla has confirmed the deal is good for the next three years.

Mozilla will drive all searches from its Firefox search box to Google.com, and Google will in turn pay Mozilla a portion of ad revenue generated from those searches.

Apple(AAPL_) is trending as the company appears to be considering using fuel cell technology in future products.

Apple applied for two patents that signal its interest in powering notebooks using hydrogen fuel cells. The patents are called "Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device" and "Fuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Device."

Powering a notebook using hydrogen fuel cells could potentially give laptops battery life for weeks without recharging. The cost will reportedly be the key, as it is said to be difficult to make devices incorporating this technology at a reasonable cost.

Facebook is another popular search -- but no surprise there.

The social network was the No. 1 most-searched-for term in the U.S. of 2011 for the third year in a row. According to Experian Hitwise, who compiled the data, Facebook accounted for just over 3% of all searches in the U.S. -- a 46% rise on the year.

Four variations of the term Facebook were among the top 10 searches in the U.S. for the year. Facebook was the most visited Web site for the second year, accounting for more than 10% of all U.S. visits from January through November.

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