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DuckDuckGo and Ello: Will Privacy Concerns Topple the Establishment?

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Apple's iPhone 6 recently broke sales records, with over 10 million units being sold in a matter of days. This was a big win for Apple, but it's also a huge opportunity for a much lesser-known company: DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine that Apple is now allowing users to easily set as their default search tool in iOS 8.

Sometimes described as the "anti-Google," DuckDuckGo has gained traction because it claims to never track user information. Its rise mirrors that of Ello, similarly known as the "anti-Facebook." Will privacy be the issue that brings Google and Facebook to their knees?

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Google Accounts for Children Could Be On Their Way

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In order to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter typically do not allow children less than 13 years of age to use their services without parental consent. One of the problems with the system, however, is that it's relatively easy to fake your age when signing up for an account. Also, it's no secret that parents have been increasingly creating accounts for their kids.

These factors have now led to reports that the search giant is actually developing parent-controlled Google accounts for children.

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Google Job Posting Indicates New Focus on User Privacy

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As reported by David Angotti and recently published over at Search Engine Journal, a new Google job posting indicates that the search engine giant may actually be taking steps to enhance and protect the privacy of their users.

The news from Search Engine Journal comes in the wake of months of additional reports and publications indicating how Google infringes on user privacy in order to create improved search engine results, bypasses browser-based privacy settings for advertising purposes, and receives fines for much of the same.

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14 Million Daily Google Searches Retrieve Hacked Sites

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Niels Provos of Google's Security Team published a new post today on the Google Online Security Blog, detailing the actions the company will be taking in order to reduce the presence of hacked sites and harmful malware visible within search results.

The biggest shock from the post is in the third bullet point, where Provos explains the true scope of hacked sites online. According to Provos, up to 14 million search queries through Google searches per day return at least one site with a warning from Google stating that the site may have been hacked and hence, compromised.

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Google to Receive Heavy Fines for Safari Privacy Debacle

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A few months ago, we reported that Google was covertly bypassing Safari privacy settings for the primary purpose of installing tracking cookies in their users' browsers. The purpose of the alleged hack was to circumvent Safari's default settings in order to secretly place web forms in online ads.

When internet users clicked the Google "+1" buttons within these online advertisements, their internet browsers allowed the installation of a tracking cookie, believing that Safari had submitted a genuine web form on the user's behalf.

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