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DuckDuckGo launched revamped mobile apps and browser extensions that bake in a tracker blocker for third party sites, and include a suite of other privacy features intended to help users keep surfing privately as they navigate around the web.
Our vision has been to set the standard of trust online,” says CEO and founder Gabe Weinberg, discussing the new products. “[To date] we’ve been really focused on the search engine because it’s really complicated to compete with Google in their core market. But now that we feel we can handle that we are making progress on this broader vision of protecting people across the Internet.
“What we’re really trying to do is move beyond a search box… What we realized from talking to people, especially over the last two years, is that privacy risks have gone completely mainstream.
“Literally any site you visit you’re likely to have Facebook, Google watching you there. That’s the piece that I think people are starting to wake up to now.”
The other problem that he argues is exacerbated by mass surveillance ad-targeting online business models is filter bubbles — aka the strategy of platforms using people’s own biases as a tactic to keep them clicking by reductively feeding them more of the same stuff.
i've never seen an advert for them anywhereI have. In recent weeks my browser has shown a flurry of DDG popups* on the theme of “They track you. We don’t.” Whether this message is most appropriately conveyed by an unexpected browser message is, of course, a question of its own.
How many searches happen on G vs DDG?
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DDG's SERP utilizes a site's favicon as an icon next to each listing.So does Yandex. But unlike DDG they don't find it necesssary to re-fetch it every time.
(They vary between 107.21 and 54.208.) If the root is blocked, they don't request the favicon--unlike, say, Google's old faviconbot which went ahead either way. So if you want to look nice in DDG's SERP, you have to allow auto-referers.
22.214.171.124 - - [19/Jan/2018:07:36:50 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 2808 "http://example.com/" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; DuckDuckGo-Favicons-Bot/1.0; +http://duckduckgo.com)"
126.96.36.199 - - [19/Jan/2018:07:36:51 -0800] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 200 661 "http://example.com/favicon.ico" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; DuckDuckGo-Favicons-Bot/1.0; +http://duckduckgo.com)"
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