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Apple considered replacing Google Search with DuckDuckGo in Safari’s private mode

Replacing Google Search with DuckDuckGo

Replacing Google Search with DuckDuckGo – According to Bloomberg, the contents of these discussions, as well as Apple’s discussions about purchasing Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine in 2018 and 2020, were revealed late Wednesday in transcripts unsealed by Judge Amit Mehta, who oversees the US government’s antitrust prosecution against Google. The judge first authorized Weinberg and Giannandrea to testify in closed court about the conversations, but later determined that the testimony “goes to the heart of the case” and should be made public.

The private browsing mode does not track which websites a user visits or preserve a record of which websites a user has visited. Apple and Google have asked that the testimony be kept private. Judge Mehta, on the other hand, opted to divulge the executives’ views with the exemption of trade secrets, such as project names within Apple and the precise financial statistics under consideration.

Replacing Google Search with DuckDuckGo

The antitrust complaint against Google claims that the Search Giant paid Apple and others billions of dollars to be the default search engine on web browsers and cellphones. According to federal and state antitrust investigators, these agreements have prevented other search engines, such as Microsoft’s Bing and DuckDuckGo, from gaining users and becoming competitors to Google.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella testified Monday about his company’s negotiations with Apple to make Microsoft’s Bing, rather than Google, the default search engine on Apple’s Safari browser. Microsoft, according to Nadella, is willing to lose billions of dollars if Apple makes the switch.