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In its 23 years of existence, Yahoo made some really boneheaded deals. But of all of them, the deal to become Mozilla's default search engine might have been the worst. In that deal, Mozilla retained the right to walk away and still collect hundreds of millions of dollars a year - if Yahoo was acquired by a new company. Both of those things have occurred recently and now Yahoo's new owner is suing Mozilla.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Mozilla's new Firefox Quantum browser launched on Wednesday, and there's a lot to like about it. One change you might notice right away is that it now defaults to the Google search engine instead of Yahoo. Mozilla is framing this as doing the right thing for its users, but in reality, it may just be taking advantage of a really bad deal that Yahoo signed.

Back in June, Verizon closed a $US4.5 billion ($5.9 billion) merger to swallow Yahoo, agglomerate its legacy AOL brands into the mix, and rename the big mess of memorable (and not so memorable) brands to Oath. The transition has not been terribly smooth for some employees, as evidenced by an exchange during an "Oath: All-In" full company meeting today.