The Verge: DuckDuckGo reinstated in India after being unreachable since July 1st. “Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been restored in India after being unreachable for many users there since July 1st, Android Police reported. Reports about what was causing the outage have varied.” I’m glad this was resolved relatively quickly, because it was weird.
The Next Web: Multiple service providers are blocking DuckDuckGo in India. “Users on Reddit have noticed they’re unable to access the site on their Airtel and Reliance Jio mobile network connections. While Some users on Twitter have further suggested multiple internet service providers (ISP) have blocked the site.”
9to5 Mac: Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo to put pressure on Google Search, analyst argues. “One analyst has a suggestion for how Apple could put pressure on Google: acquire DuckDuckGo. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi says that an acquisition of privacy-focused DuckDuckGo would allow Apple to put pressure on Google and tap into lucrative advertising revenue.” ick.
BNN Bloomberg: Google search a target of U.S. antitrust probes, rival says. “U.S. federal and state authorities are asking detailed questions about how to limit Google’s power in the online search market as part of their antitrust investigations into the tech giant, according to rival DuckDuckGo Inc. Gabriel Weinberg, chief executive officer of the privacy-focused search engine, said he has spoken with state regulators, and talked with the U.S. Justice Department as recently as a few weeks ago.”
CNET: Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo launches new effort to block online tracking. “The company said Thursday it’s started sharing a data set called Tracker Radar that details 5,326 internet domains used by 1,727 companies and organizations that track you online. The data is available to anyone, and browser maker Vivaldi said on Tuesday it has begun doing so.”
Lifehacker: Use DuckDuckGo ‘Lite’ for Absurdly Fast Search Results. “Most folks probably think of DuckDuckGo as the more privacy-focused alternative to Google, but one of the lesser-discussed benefits ditching all that data tracking is increased search speed. The normal DuckDuckGo search eats up less data and requires fewer requests than Google, but there’s also a ‘Lite’ version of the DuckDuckGo page that loads results much faster.”
Neowin: Open letter from 50+ organizations want Google to do something about Android bloatware. “Over 50 organizations including the Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, DuckDuckGo, and Electronic Frontier Foundation have written an open letter to Alphabet and Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai about exploitive pre-installed bloatware on Android devices and how they pose a privacy risk to consumers.”
Neowin: Google announces the ‘winners’ of the controversial choice screen search engine auction. “Google has announced the search engines that it’ll show to new European Android phone users as an alternate choice to its own Google Search service. This change comes as a result of Google being fined €4.34 billion for ‘illegal tying of Google’s search and browser apps’ after which the firm announced it will begin asking users which search engine they want to use on their Android phones.” DuckDuckGo should be popping champagne.
Wired: I ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here’s why you should too. “What was the last thing you searched for online? For me, it was ‘$120 in pounds’. Before that, I wanted to know the capital of Albania (Tirana), the Twitter handle of Liberal Democrat deputy leader Ed Davey (he’s @EdwardJDavey) and dates of bank holidays in the UK for 2019 (it’s a late Easter next year, folks). Thrilling, I’m sure you’ll agree. But something makes these searches, in internet terms, a bit unusual. Shock, horror, I didn’t use Google. I used DuckDuckGo. And, after two years in the wilderness, I’m pretty sure I’m sold on a post-Google future.”
Wired: DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit. “Today DuckDuckGo is releasing a feature called Smarter Encryption that combines its existing private search capabilities and tracker blocking service with a new tool to upgrade encryption for more of the sites you visit. It’s available on DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser for Android and iOS, and through the company’s desktop browser extension for Firefox and Chrome. “
Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo joins World Wide Web Consortium . “DuckDuckGo has joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the search engine announced on Monday. As a member of the international organization, DuckDuckGo says it will contribute to ‘global standards with privacy in mind as part of our mission to raise the standard of trust online.'”
Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo Study Finds More People Would Use Google Alternatives if Given a Choice . “A study commissioned by DuckDuckGo finds more people would use non-Google search engines if they were offered a choice. To that end, DuckDuckGo proposes that Android smartphones come with a search preference menu that lets users choose their own default search engine.”
CNN: States ask internet search rival for evidence in antitrust probe of Google. “Texas’s attorney general has sent the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo a demand for documents and records as part of a multi-state antitrust probe into anti-competitive behavior by Google (GOOG).”
Neowin: DuckDuckGo adds new servers in India, improves search, and refines dark theme. “DuckDuckGo has announced a couple of new features that will improve the search experience for its users, especially for those located in India who have complained about slow speeds.”
Search Engine Journal: Google’s Danny Sullivan Responds Directly to DuckDuckGo’s Anti-Privacy Claims . “In a rare move from Google, Search Liaison Danny Sullivan has responded directly to negative claims made by DuckDuckGo.”