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Google relents and transfers to DuckDuckGo

Google relents and transfers to DuckDuckGo


Clearing up confusion for users

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DuckDuckGo, the privacy focused search engine, has acquired from Google, reports NamePros. Responding to rumors from a few days ago, CEO Gabriel Weinberg said that the new domain would make it easier for people to use the company’s search engine. The domain was previously owned by Google, after it acquired On2 Technologies (previously known as The Duck Corporation) back in 2010. Neither Weinberg nor Google confirmed how much, if anything, was paid for the domain.

Google’s ownership of was previously a source of frustration for DuckDuckGo, when it would redirect users to Google’s rival homepage instead of DuckDuckGo. Google kindly tried to clear up this confusion in July by adding a DuckDuckGo link to the page. Visiting now redirects users straight to DuckDuckGo. was just one of the thousands of sites owned by Google, which has anywhere from several hundred to several thousand individual domains in its possession. These range from common misspellings of Google such as,, or, to product names like and, to valuable unused domains with short names like or