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Ben Googler

Ben Goodger, who is somewhat responsible for making Firefox happen, is now working for Google. According to his blog post, while he will be receiving a wage from Google instead of the Mozilla Foundation, he will still be working on Firefox for some time to come.
However, naturally this does raise some interesting possibilities. I had a chat with Hanni on MSN and we came up with some ideas:

  • Google is trying to cement its relationship with the Mozilla Foundation. It already provides Firefox Start and the default search engine is Google. I personally have no problem with that – I love Google and find it incredibly useful. In fact barely a day goes by when I haven’t used Google for some reason.
  • Google is working on a web browser. There was some interesting activity on a couple of bugs in Bugzilla some time and Google owns the domain, so maybe ‘Gbrowser’ will come to fruition.

This is, of course, pure speculation, based on a few possibly-connected events. It’s quite possible that nothing will change, but either way, I’m glad to see Google recognises Ben’s talent.


  1. gbrowser would be my guess given Google’s current desire to take over anything and everything. As yet I’m undecided as to whether it would be a good thing or not.

  2. I’m undecided about google too. They collect a hell of a lot of personal information every day and I’m unsure as to what purposes they could or do use it for.
    Damn good search engine though.

  3. Blake gets the cover of Wired, Ben gets the big job boost.