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Mozilla Revenue In 2009 Up 34 Per Cent

Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser, has reported a 34 per cent rise in revenue from 2008.

According to the company's 2009 annual report, revenue for the year has increased, up from $78 million in 2008 to $104 million.

The report showed that the majority of the revenue continues to come from search deals with internet search providers, and that companies like Google Yahoo, Amazon, eBay and Yandex account for the most of it.

Tech news site Cnet reports that Mozilla renewed its search deal with Google in 2008, which will run through 2011.

As part of the deal, Google offers a share of the revenue it generates from search based ads and Mozilla helps redirect the traffic to Google from its in-browser search box.

“Mozilla is the underdog in our efforts to build participation and empowerment into the Internet. It's a big challenge to build our values into layers of the Internet where the commercial giants of our age are battling it out,” the company said in a blog post.