Apple slams Google in Safari 7.1 release notes: ‘Adds DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track users’

Apple today released Safari 7.1 for OS X Mavericks.

Apple’s release notes (below, verbatim) contain an oblique slam on Google.

The update:
• Adds DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track users, as a built-in option in the search field
• Encrypts all Yahoo searches from the search field
• Improves Reader compatibility with all websites
• Improves AutoFill compatibility with all websites

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit

The update is available through Software Update in the Mac App Store.

MacDailyNews Take: Ladies and gentlemen, the gloves are now off!

Google’s going to rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.MacDailyNews, March 9, 2010

MacDailyNews Note: To change your Safari default search engine to DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track users: Safari > Preferences > General: Default search engine: DuckDuckGo.

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    1. I surely avoid Windows, Android, Samsung, and have no use for a Kindle device. I prefer reading books and magazines (what’s left of them) on paper, and there’s always Kindle Reader and iBooks. But when it comes to search, until someone betters Google, I can’t be wasting time and looking over my soldier, using two search engines to make sure I’ve got it covered. I’d love it if there was something better than Google. Built it and I will come.

  1. Apple is attacking from unexpected direction. Instead of creating competing products against Google, Apple is exposing Google’s almost criminal business model. Brilliant, Just Super Brilliant. Apple always thinks different.

  2. For the people who are sceptical about DuckDuckGO just take a look through their Tour. Personally i find DuckDuckGO to be a very capable search provider and they respect users privacy.

    I would love it if Apple bought DuckDuckGO at some time in the future as that would be a slap in the face of Google who after all treat the people who use them as the product.

    Anyway I’m proud to say I’ve been google free since 2010 and will not use anything from that shady company.

    Here is the link to take the DuckDuckGo Tour i hope it helps people make up their minds about DuckDuckGO give it a try at least you won’t be losing your privacy.

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