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Google quietly adds DuckDuckGo as a search option

Thursday, 14 March, 2019

“Tech” is not yet a four-letter word in Washington, but it could soon become one. Following noises from the left and right about breaking up Big Tech, Google has just offered a DuckDuckGo sop to its critics. TechCrunch has the story:

“In an update to the chromium engine, which underpins Google’s popular Chrome browser, the search giant has quietly updated the lists of default search engines it offers per market — expanding the choice of search product users can pick from in markets around the world.

Most notably it has expanded search engine lists to include pro-privacy rivals in more than 60 markets globally.

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.”

Language note: A little over a year ago, when The Economist made its predictions for “The World in 2018,” one topic that the it singled out was ‘the coming ‘techlash.'” This possible backlash against Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, would see increasing calls for regulation and crackdowns on monopolistic policies wrote the forecaster. And now, the techlash is beginning to sting.


Chrome, but without the Google location thingy

Monday, 12 December, 2011

In his review of the best tech things of 2011, Farhad Manjoo of Slate picks Google’s Chrome Web browser. Says he: “Google quietly updates Chrome seemingly every few minutes, so naturally it got even better in 2011. Among other improvements, the company added something called Instant Pages, a system that ‘preloads’ the first Google search result into the browser’s memory. This makes for faster searching — when you click on the first link in any Google result, the page loads up in pretty much no time at all.” And he adds, “This month, Chrome’s market share surpassed that of Firefox. Download it now and help it beat Internet Explorer.”

It’s the best browser by far, but Chrome can be a bit too clever at times for Rainy Day’s liking. Consider the feature that allows Google search to detect one’s location and then determine the search results that are served. Might be a bit too intrusive for some, which means turning the function off, which is a nightmare because it is really persistent and Chrome does not offer a clear cut way to leave the maze.

After much weeping and gnashing of teeth, Rainy Day figured it out. Here’s how to do it: In “Basics”, go to “Search” and then “Manage search engines”. Then scroll down to “Other search engines” and make one of those your default search engine. One that’s done, scroll up to “Default search options” and delete Google. Yes, it’s a scary thing to do, but every now and then one must be like David Cameron and do the brave thing. Now, recreate your new Google search engine using the syntax http://www.google.com/search?q=%s. After you have made this the default search engine, Google will drop the annoying location function in Chrome. But why does it have to be this complicated?