Msg#: 4522163 posted 11:44 am on Nov 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
Upstart internet search engine DuckDuckGo, which promotes itself as a Google rival that doesn't track users' personal information, says it is being hurt by the search giant, which is being investigated by US regulators.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been examining allegations by Google critics that the company breaks antitrust laws by using its power in the market to smother competitors.
Many of the complaints are similar to assertions made by Gabriel Weinberg, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who started DuckDuckGo.com five years ago.
Weinberg said it is difficult to make his DuckDuckGo the default search site in Google's Chrome web browser, and that Google disadvantages his company in the Android mobile operating system as well.