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Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets

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      TheJorro Link Parent
      My workplace has Chrome as the second "supported" browser while Firefox is banned...through the corporate virus scanner. My IT group makes some very questionable choices.

      My workplace has Chrome as the second "supported" browser while Firefox is banned...through the corporate virus scanner.

      My IT group makes some very questionable choices.

      8 votes
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        TheInvaderZim Link Parent
        Im surprised they havent banned chrome as well, since ultron is so obviously the superior choice.

        Im surprised they havent banned chrome as well, since ultron is so obviously the superior choice.

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        1. TheJorro Link Parent
          You joke, but the primary browser is still IE, for context. We only upgraded from IE6 in 2012.

          You joke, but the primary browser is still IE, for context. We only upgraded from IE6 in 2012.

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        ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
        Well, obviously foxes-on-fire don't exist, so anything named after one must be fake and potentially criminal in nature! At least chrome is an element.

        Well, obviously foxes-on-fire don't exist, so anything named after one must be fake and potentially criminal in nature! At least chrome is an element.

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          xstresedg (edited ) Link Parent
          You can't put flaming foxes on your spinners, but you can put chrome, and that's good enough for me.

          You can't put flaming foxes on your spinners, but you can put chrome, and that's good enough for me.

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            ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
            I'm guessing one of those "can" should be a "can't"?

            I'm guessing one of those "can" should be a "can't"?

  2. Sahasrahla Link
    (emphasis added) This is what I was wondering about when I saw the headline. Microsoft (if I remember correctly) got in trouble back in the day for having IE as the default browser on Windows. I...

    The changes, which appear to have been pushed out with the Chromium 73 stable release yesterday, come at a time when Google is facing rising privacy and antitrust scrutiny and accusations of market distorting behavior at home and abroad.
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    Asked whether he believes expanded search engine options in Chrome will be enough to stave off further regulatory intervention related to Google’s market dominance, Leandri said no — pointing out that Android OEMs still have to pay Google to install a non-Google search engine by default, following the European Commission’s Android antitrust ruling last year, as we’ve reported previously.

    (emphasis added)

    This is what I was wondering about when I saw the headline. Microsoft (if I remember correctly) got in trouble back in the day for having IE as the default browser on Windows. I see Google including competitors in Chrome search as a preemptive move against government intervention rather than a newfound respect for privacy and competition.

    Anyone more knowledgeable have some insight on this?

    4 votes
  3. Jedi Link
    "quietly", they make it sound shady. No, Google's not going to announce that you can change your default search engine to a competitor. That's not a bad thing. More importantly, you've already...

    "quietly", they make it sound shady.

    No, Google's not going to announce that you can change your default search engine to a competitor. That's not a bad thing. More importantly, you've already been able to do this, it's just now an option without having to manually set it.

    4 votes
  4. The_Fad Link
    Easy business decision to make. Adds increased value to your product with minimal manpower required.

    Easy business decision to make. Adds increased value to your product with minimal manpower required.

    2 votes
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    A_Little_Star Link
    I've been using duckduckgo recently and have been trying to protect my privacy more by using Firefox with adons. For those of you well versed in maintaining anonymity what other steps should I...

    I've been using duckduckgo recently and have been trying to protect my privacy more by using Firefox with adons. For those of you well versed in maintaining anonymity what other steps should I take to maintain privacy? I am aware of TOR but am unsure if I can use it on my phone.

    1 vote
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      tindall Link Parent
      Tor (spelled Tor, not TOR) is available on Android devices.

      Tor (spelled Tor, not TOR) is available on Android devices.

      1 vote
      1. masochist Link Parent
        And iOS, if you're into that, too, but the Tor browsers for iOS tend to be... what's the word... crap. Not at all as polished as the native browser.

        And iOS, if you're into that, too, but the Tor browsers for iOS tend to be... what's the word... crap. Not at all as polished as the native browser.

    2. KapteinB Link Parent
      Ideally we should all avoid the large tech companies. Linux is a good replacement to Windows, Sailfish is a decent alternative to Android, Mega is a good alternative to Dropbox, and we can learn...

      Ideally we should all avoid the large tech companies. Linux is a good replacement to Windows, Sailfish is a decent alternative to Android, Mega is a good alternative to Dropbox, and we can learn to live without Facebook. The service I've found the hardest to remove from my life is YouTube, but as long as you use an ad blocker and don't sign into your Google account, I wouldn't worry too much about them tracking your activity there.

      1 vote