I know a thing or two about search that people either Google or Bing won't tell you. Google is mostly trying to sleaze their hidden tracking and platforms to play the big game. They know they need this tracking to further their services. Not their search service but their ad service. It has been getting more intrusive all the time and it's about time we do something about it.
You know what's the newest role in this? Their "AdChoices" tracking platform. Not only are you now served ads on a single page but they actually follow you around! Whatever I've searched for on Google is now advertised me on Slashdot and all the different websites I go to!
Google also has secretive deals with NSA, CSI and FBI. They have gongressman that are willing to step in for them. They played their way in to all the government agencies. They have absolutely no shame in doing this. They've started to play around with patents and are using every possible way they can do further their own goal.
I can't understand why you people defend Google on Slashdot. Yes they might use open source but only because it suits their model better! They don't care about your privacy and in fact they're largely the reason why you're losing it. Yes they're mostly free services but only because it's fueled by HUGE, and I mean HUGE, tracking platforms that sends EVERYTHING you do to Google. They are single handedly the web's LARGEST PRIVACY VIOLATION AND YOU SUPPORT THEM?
Hell, at least with Microsoft and PAID software I know I'm not losing my privacy. You might not care about your own privacy but I still do. And who will Google use it's new patent portfolio against? Microsoft and Apple, the two companies that don't leak all your stuff all over the internet!