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Re: [tor-talk] Google as default search engine revisited

>From: Joe Btfsplk <joebtfsplk@xxxxxxx>
>To: tor-talk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:12 PM
>Subject: Re: [tor-talk] Google as default search engine revisited
>On 1/10/2012 10:26 AM, 5p4m@xxxxxx wrote:
>> I found a thread in the archive (November 2011), but I could not
>> find a satisfying answer to the questions
>> 1. Why is Google the default search engine in the TOR browser bundle?
>> 2. Does TOR get money from Google
>>    a) for using Google as the default search engine?
>>    b) in general?
>Re:  Get $.  Probably.  Just like a lot of other free software get funding from installing search engines or toolbars.  But no one has to use Google search or even keep their search engine plugin installed (in TBB, Firefox, etc.).  Just install & use the other "privacy respectful" search engines.  "Non-Profit" orgs have to get funds from somewhere.  Some don't like Mozilla's business deals w/ Google - others don't care or even know there IS a relationship.  A lot of people don't like Google, in general, because of their past privacy invasions (some of which they still do, per Privacy Policy).  Many obviously don't care.
>Bottom line:  in any business, if people don't like a certain company or product & want other competing companies to succeed, that conduct their business in ways that's more palatable to the customer, then customers must support / use those other, often smaller companies.  Else, there won't be much competition to choose from.

Insinuating that Tor is adware and that the Tor Project is being compensated for delivering user data is outrageous. There's been a recent increase in FUD (because of the SOPA vote?), but this is pretty over the top.

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