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DuckDuckGo brings anonymous searching to mobile devices

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Private search engine DuckDuckGo, which has seen record traffic since the world learned of the U.S. government's PRISM surveillance program, is bringing its anonymous web search to mobile devices.

The company launched its Search & Stories app this week designed for both iPhone and Android devices.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine like Google. But unlike Google, the company doesn’t track users. Which means DuckDuckGo doesn’t know who its users are and the site doesn’t tie their searches together. The company also vows to not put users in a filter bubble, where results are tailored to who you are based on your search and click history.

It should be noted the app offers more than just anonymous searching, although that's the feature that will initially attract users. The DuckDuckGo app has an autocomplete service that allows users to complete answers as well as a "Stories" feature, which presents the most recent popular shared news gathered from across the web by using crowd-sourced, curated feeds. In other words, the app acts as a social news reader of sorts.

Photo: DuckDuckGo


— By on June 28, 2013, 8:37 AM PST

Kirsten Korosec

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Kirsten Korosec has written for Technology Review, Marketing News, The Hill, BNET and Bloomberg News. She holds a degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is based in Tucson, Arizona. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure