Duck.com now points to DuckDuckMove, not Google – TechCrunch
Non-tracking seek engine, DuckDuckMove, is now a little bit more straightforward to in finding on-line after the corporate bought the top rate generic area identify duck.com — thereby shaving a couple of letters off its same old URL.
This approach surfing to duck.com now mechanically redirects to DuckDuckMove .com.
The twist on this story is that duck.com’s prior proprietor used to be Google. And DDG had accused the quest large of anti-competitive conduct — via pointing duck.com to its personal seek engine, Google.com, and thus “consistently” complicated DDG customers (duck.co having lengthy pointed to the DDG neighborhood web page.)…
The area identify switch used to be noticed previous via namePros which were given affirmation from DDG founder Gabriel Weinberg.
We reached out to DDG and to Google with questions — as a result of, smartly, we’ve got a couple of.
Google did not have interaction with the substance of our questions. Instead it emailed a commentary, attributed to a spokesperson, by which it showed the switch of the duck.com area and rights — writing:
Google has agreed with DuckDuckMove, Inc. to switch possession and rights of the duck.com area to DuckDuckMove.
DDG additionally would not remark past Weinberg’s previous commentary.
But in an interview with the TNW again in 2012, Weinberg stated he first enquired about making an attempt to purchase duck.com on 11/four/09 — handiest to be informed in a while afterwards that “management” didn’t need to promote.
He additionally made the purpose then that whilst the URL of the corporate Google had bought the duck.com area from (On2) pointed to a Google rationalization web page about that acquisition, http://duck.com/ pointed “directly to Google search”.
So, smartly, … 🤔
The timing of the switch unquestionably seems to be attention-grabbing, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai handiest the day prior to this going through some competition-flavored questions from policymakers in Congress. (Though it’s not transparent precisely when the duck.com area identify used to be transferred.)
In contemporary years Google has confronted some main antitrust scrutiny and enforcement across the world, together with within the European Union — the place it has had to make adjustments to the way it presentations seek effects for merchandise after a 2017 Commission determination that discovered it had abused its dominance basically Internet seek to give itself an unlawful merit.
Google is interesting each antitrust selections.
But the Commission has any other competitors probe (into Google AdSense) ongoing, and continues to eye different Google product verticals with considerations.
Meanwhile, requires antitrust scrutiny of tech giants had been emerging in the USA. And Google’s dominant place in Internet seek and smartphone platforms, at the side of its pincer grip (at the side of Facebook) at the on-line advert marketplace, place it for some particular consideration on that entrance.
So the corporate quietly passing off duck.com now — after the usage of it to redirect to Google.com for shut to a decade — to a pro-privacy seek rival smacks of shock over competitors optics, on the very least.
Additionally, the day prior to this an much more sustained line of wondering from Congress to Google’s CEO used to be round privateness, with Pichai fielding questions akin to whether or not Google’s personal settings are transparent sufficient for customers to perceive.
You can believe some awkward questions may even have been requested via lawmakers about why Google.com used to be squatting on a site identify containing the phrase “duck”.
A phrase that not handiest approach a waterfowl or to crouch down to keep away from one thing however which has been intrinsic to the branding of its non-tracking rival, DuckDuckMove, since that corporate used to be based all of the long ago in 2008.
So, smartly, if it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck…