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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday June 10, @10:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the feel-the-spin dept.

Google to stop treating EU antitrust remedy as a “promotional opportunity”:

Google and the European Union have been fighting for several years over Android's default search engine. Just like when the EU took issue with Microsoft bundling Internet Explorer with Windows, the EU Antitrust enforcers don't want Google using its Android operating system monopoly to prop up Google Search and Google Chrome. The solution the EU came to—just like it did with Windows—is a "ballot" system that pops up during setup and asks users to pick a starting browser and search engine from a list. The only problem? Google was charging companies to appear in this list. It was basically an ad vector. In a blog post this week, Google says it will stop doing that.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by PinkyGigglebrain on Thursday June 10, @11:56PM (1 child)

    by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Thursday June 10, @11:56PM (#1144131)

    I've had good results with DuckDuckGo []

    While it might not have a lot of results for searches on things like papers relating to alternative theories of gravity using a modified GR framework and quantum dynamics and the like its been great for general stuff I used to use Google for. Though even DDG has been finding the fringey stuff lately, I've only used Google twice in the last year or so.

    And DDG at least claims to respect my privacy like they mean it.

    Of course YMMV

    "Beware those who would deny you Knowledge, For in their hearts they dream themselves your Master."
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  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday June 11, @02:39AM

    by Freeman (732) on Friday June 11, @02:39AM (#1144156) Journal

    Straight-up, I just use DDG now. Sometimes I still catch myself going to google first, but that's 'cause a 20+ year habit is hard to break.

    Forced Microsoft Account for Windows Login → Switch to Linux.