dstiles - 7:30 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
My GUESS is that they try https protocol first and if it returns a result, uses it. Very poor if that's true.
They would also do better for security if they dropped google entirely, as they did for a while a year or so back. The idea of forcing https google is very poor for webmasters who use referers to redirect incomers to specially requested content.
I also saw one report that said G was the only engine that was secure. Not true - startpage (which includes G in its meta search) and ixquick (which doesn't) both use SSL and, furthermore, do not record the IP etc details.
I assume Ubuntu will update to this new version tomorrow-ish. From your report I'm not looking forward to it. :(
On the other hand, my three remaining Windows machines, 2 unused for browsing, cannot support any FF beyond 12, so that's all right. :)