Neowin: DuckDuckGo updates extension to block Google’s FLoC tracking

Neowin: DuckDuckGo updates extension to block Google’s FLoC tracking. “DuckDuckGo, the privacy search engine, has updated its DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension for Chrome to block Google’s new tracking method FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts). The update to the DuckDuckGo add-on comes after Google began a FLoC trial which opted Chrome users in without the option to opt-out unless they turned off third-party cookies which would break some websites.”

Neowin: DuckDuckGo enables Global Privacy Control on mobile and desktop by default

Neowin: DuckDuckGo enables Global Privacy Control on mobile and desktop by default. “Late last year, DuckDuckGo joined a privacy-focused initiative called Global Privacy Control (GPC) along with other organizations and individuals in an effort to develop an open standard to help users assert their rights against online tracking. Now, it’s bringing that online privacy protection to a new level.”

ZDNet: DuckDuckGo surpasses 100 million daily search queries for the first time

ZDNet: DuckDuckGo surpasses 100 million daily search queries for the first time. “The achievement comes after a period of sustained growth the company has been seeing for the past two years, and especially since August 2020, when the search engine began seeing more than 2 billion search queries a month on a regular basis. The numbers are small in comparison to Google’s 5 billion daily search queries but it’s a positive sign that users are looking for alternatives.”

Search Engine Land: How DuckDuckGo (and Microsoft) benefit from Google’s sprawling advertising business

Search Engine Land: How DuckDuckGo (and Microsoft) benefit from Google’s sprawling advertising business. “DuckDuckGo is a search engine that was founded in 2008 with a focus on protecting searchers’ privacy, notably showing all searchers the same search results and refraining from building profiles of its users. Its search volume has risen steadily over the years, and in October 2020 was up to nearly 60 million queries daily.”

9to5 Mac: Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo to put pressure on Google Search, analyst argues

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

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.”

Lifehacker: Use DuckDuckGo ‘Lite’ for Absurdly Fast Search Results

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

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

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

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.”