The also-ran search company Ask Jeeves is making some interesting plays lately. First, it bought Bloglines *the Web-based RSS aggregator) and now it’s talking up the Mozilla Foundation. Ask Jeeves has suggested it might donate it’s desktop search product to Mozilla and making it open source; as well there’s talk of building a Ask Jeeves-branded Firefox browser this year.
No doubt this is a bit of band-wagoneering on Ask Jeeves behalf, but a desktop search tool could be nice piece in the Mozilla arsenal. And hey, the more people given the opportunity to use a Gecko-based browser, the better.