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  1. A week ago, we reported that Scroogle was being blocked by Google and searches on the privacy search engine were no longer working. Since then, the site continued not to work and now it is completely offline.

    The owner, Daniel Brandt, said he took it down “forever.” He blames both Google and DDOS attack by someone or a group of people who had a personal vendetta with him. He said even if the DDOS attack did not happen, Scroogle would only have lasted an additional 6 months due to Google’s throttling and squeezing of the service.*

    hahahahahhahaaaaaa Resistance Is Futile.

    Comment by Claire: barbarian, etc — February 26, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  2. “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” —blue_beetle, Metafilter discussion.

    Comment by PatrickP — February 26, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  3. Thanks for this post. I’ve been trying to think how to approach this problem, and this is both motive and starting point.

    About the “if you’re not paying….” thing: true enough, but paid versions of some things just aren’t available, and even if they were it wouldn’t solve the problem. Also, you *DO* pay for the iPhone and the various android phones; doesn’t keep Apple and Google from snooping around in your phone does it? And tracking where you physically go? Or some cop from using an app to snatch everything off your phone without a warrant while you sit there in your car?

    Comment by Ironic in Denver — February 26, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  4. That article has a wonderful list of things to do if you’ve never used the net.

    Something that they don’t point out, because it is the cold truth that people don’t want to hear, is there is no turning back. Once they have your info, you cannot get it back. You cannot force them to erase it, and they *will* use it to their advantage, no matter what the ends.

    Comment by Caged Insanity — February 26, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

  5. Great video selection.

    Comment by mech — February 26, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  6. Eh.
    Since I saw their Leftist lean, thanks to this site, I don’t report to the Googlemmissars anymore. Haven’t been there in several years, delete anything ‘Google’ from any software that wants to install their apps.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — February 26, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

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