And who is the technology-illiterate luddite who said this? Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development.If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.
That was Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, telling you exactly what he thinks about your privacy. There is no ambiguity, no "out of context" here. Watch the video.
I've put up with their anti-American garbage, I've put up with their hiding search results in Auto-complete. In each of those cases, it was at least arguable that this was a mistake, or incompetence, or the work of some low level flunky.
But Eric Schmidt is Der Fuhrer. You have to figure that this is Google Corporate policy. Sorry, I'll go play with Microsoft - they're not evil.
You can get the Bing plugin for Firefox here. Once you have it, go to the search bar in the upper right corner of your browser. There is a little down arrow next to the Google logo - click the arrow, and you'll get a menu of search engines to select from. When you choose one, it becomes the default. Buh-Bye, Google.