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August 3, 2006

Real, Mozilla, and Google Cross-Pollinate

For good or ill to the consumer, Google and Mozilla announced a deal with Real to have the Google Toolbar and Firefox as download options with RealPlayer installs.  eWeek has a great article on it by Steve Bryant that describes RealPlayer as a "loathsome yet inexplicably popular media player."  The statement is less controversial than it seems, but the comments at the site comparing RealPlayer, Quicktime, and Windows Media Player are entertaining, especially if you have beefs with any of them (who doesn't?).  And while we're at it, the Inquirer reports that Mozilla reaches 15% of the browser market.  There must have been a very short moment in time when Internet Explorer had that market share.

Standard boring accounts of the deal are at the Washington Post, Forbes, and PC Pro.

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