Google uses bizarre tactics to dominate rivals and confuse their customers, search engine claims

The Independent - Tech

For many people, Google is the internet. It now dominates almost all aspects of our online lives, from how we search for information, to how we navigate from one place to another. But the route Google has taken to achieve this supremacy has been ruthless, illegal and occasionally unconventional. For 85 per cent of smartphone users that have Google's Android mobile operating system, the slew of apps that come pre-installed on the device are often owned by Google. This includes the popular Chrome web browser and Google search engine, meaning users are forced to download competing apps through the Google Play Store if they want to use them.

Google Chrome adds the privacy-first DuckDuckGo as a default option


Google has made a curious addition to its Chrome browser. With the release of Chrome 73, the browser has added the pro-privacy DuckDuckGo to its suite of default search engines, alongside Google, Yahoo, and Bing. SEE ALSO: Stop what you're doing and update Google Chrome As per TechCrunch, the addition was spotted in the changes for Chrome, and the option will be available in 60 markets around the globe. Launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo has been lauded for its privacy focus, hitting 30 million daily searches last October. The search engine doesn't track users, nor does it store their personal information.

DuckDuckGo switches to Apple Maps


DuckDuckGo has turned to Apple Maps for its address-related searches on mobile and desktop. The search engine said it does not send any personally identifiable information to Apple. "For local searches, where your approximate location information is sent by your browser to us, we discard it immediately after use," the company said in a blog post. "You are still anonymous when you perform map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo." DuckDuckGo did not discuss how working with Apple, which the search engine said will result in a "a new standard of trust online", was better or worse from a privacy perspective than using data from the OpenStreetMap project as it did previously.

DuckDuckGo hits high of 30 million searches in one day


DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine, achieved a new milestone by performing more than 30 million direct searches in a single day. The company cleared the bar twice this week before dropping slightly below the threshold. In a year filled with privacy scandals at major tech companies like Facebook and Google, DuckDuckGo has experienced rapid growth. Users made about 16 million searches per day in January, and that number will likely double before the end of the year. Despite the steady gains in usage, the search engine's latest record serves as a reminder of just how daunting a task it is to put a dent in Google's dominance.

DuckDuckGo, the pro-privacy search engine, hits 30 million daily searches


In an age where it seems nearly every major internet service is looking to hawk your personal data, one pro-privacy search engine is experiencing massive growth. DuckDuckGo, which bills itself as "the search engine that doesn't track you," has just hit 30 million daily searches. According to the company, this is a new daily record for the search engine. DuckDuckGo makes its traffic stats publicly available in an effort to be as transparent as possible. This new company record is about a 50% increase from its record of over 20 million searches in 2017.