Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2017 10:08 UTC
Apple

Consistency is Apple's main motivation given for switching the results from Microsoft's Bing to Google in these cases. Safari on Mac and iOS already currently use Google search as the default provider, thanks to a deal worth billions to Apple (and Google) over the last decade. This change will now mirror those results when Siri, the iOS Search bar or Spotlight is used.

"Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari," reads an Apple statement sent this morning. "We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible."

Interesting move. The only logical move, of course - Bing is terrible - but still interesting if you look at the relationship between Apple and Google.

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RE[2]: Comment by raom
by raom on Thu 28th Sep 2017 04:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by raom"
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" I prefer not to have my searches logged just as I prefer not to live in a house with glass walls and no curtains"

If you lived in a house with glass walls anyone who sees you can easily and permanently identify you as an individual and link your actions to you. To google, you are merely a tiny dot in their statistics, statistics they use to generate advertisement money.

Certainly, if the data fell onto unscrupulous hands they could also identify you, and I'm sure google has succumbed to government pressure to use their data, but in those cases, again, if you've not done anything seriously illegal on the internet, you'd be dismissed and continue to be a statistic. Installation of dictatorial government in the US is extremely unlikely with the amount of guns the population has.

Sure, in a perfect world, full privacy on the internet would be easily achievable. I should've added " you shouldn't care enough about user tracking on a search engine to use a much inferior alternative" to my original comment, because I do care, since it bothers me a bit.

I stand by my opinion that, unless you're doing something illegal, or are paranoid, you shouldn't ditch google for something with much inferior results like DuckDuckGo.

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