DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed to me that the Duck.com domain name had been transferred to DuckDuckGo’s possession.
In a statement, Gabriel said:
The Duck.com domain name has now started forwarding to DuckDuckGo.com.
Gabriel did not mention any purchase, simply stating that Google had chosen to transfer ownership of the domain to his company.
Search giant Google acquired the Duck.com domain name in 2010 with the acquisition of On2, a video codec company.