theodp writes "If one was asked to cite a modern-day example of The Trojan Horse, the Firefox-Mozilla situation might come to mind. And that was before last week's Chrome Event, in which Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave Larry Page and Sergey Brin kudos for Chrome's existence, explaining that the pair 'sneakily' hired engineers to work on Firefox before secretly cranking out Chrome for Google: 'From my very first day at Google,' recalled Schmidt, 'they [Larry & Sergey] made clear that we should be in the browser business and the OS business. Not being interested in either, I said no. But they rather sneakily hired a number of brilliant computer scientists to work on the amazingly successful Firefox browser, which Google helped fund through an advertising agreement — and that core team went on to create Chrome' (video @5:50). Be interesting to know what the IRS, which has been scrutinizing the tax status of the funds Mozilla received from Google for years, will make of this revelation."