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Google Owns Duck.com And Refuses To Give The Domain To Rival DuckDuckGo

Google Owns Duck.com And Refuses To Give The Domain To Rival DuckDuckGo

Google now gives you a choice to click through to rival DuckDuckGo, Duck on Wikipedia or Bass Pro Shops when visiting Duck.com

In case you’ve never gone to Duck.com, you should try it out and see what happens. Up until last week, if you went to the website it would have just redirected you to Google.com. Google has owned the domain Duck.com for eight years, which has been driving rival search engine DuckDuckGo bonkers. Fortunately for DuckDuckGo, Google has made an update which allows users the opportunity to go to Ducks.com (which redirects you to the Bass Pro Shops website), look up Ducks on Wikipedia or go to DuckDuckGo, which according to its site is the “search engine that doesn't track you.”

 Photo courtesy of DuckDuckGo

Photo courtesy of DuckDuckGo

Upon visiting Duck.com you’ll also learn the quick history of how the domain came into Google’s possession. In 2010, Google acquired On2Technologies, which had products like Flix Pro, Flix Standard, Flix Exporter, Flix PowerPlayers, Flix Live, Flix DirectShow SDK, Flix Publisher and Flix Engine that are no longer for sale. On2 was previously called the Duck Corporation, so if you typed Duck.com, you were redirected to On2.com.

This past Friday afternoon Google comms VP Rob Shilkin tweeted out the updates they changed to the site.

While not the actual domain, DuckDuckGo seems happy with the shout out from Google. The company’s CEO Gabriel Weinberg tweeted back to Shilkin saying “Thank you! That will clear up the consumer confusion. Would you please consider selling the domain to us?” Maybe one day Google will have a change of heart and sell the domain. Until then, DuckDuckGo will have to settle with duckduckgo.com

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