Hi - my feedback for what it's worth:
I've been using duckduckgo for a few months now, and I like it. I am finding it generally a good high quality alternative to google searches...but with two exceptions that leave me still having to use google a high percentage of the time:
1) with respect to the ddg trick of typing news in order to search news on a given topic, I have at times been frustrated with this solution. It has seemed to me at times inferior to news.google.com in some of the quality of results whereas at times the quality of both has seemed ok. In one respect I'd say it's somewhat superior (the sort order appears to be chronological with most recent first, which may sound common, but it has been some time since I have been able to figure out how to get news.google.com to do that). On google's sort organisation, I like some aspects of the way they do it, but I wish I had more control to make it strictly chronological when I want it that way. As to ddg's sort order, as far as I know chronological is the only option.
2) For many years, news.google.com, which is customizable, has intermittently been the start page that I default to for my browser because it brings me a very quick efficient collection of headlines tailored to what I want. I would prefer to bring up something like news.duckduckgo.com and not use google for this assemblage of starting point headlines, but as far as I can tell there is no such thing. Thus, I am stuck still using google a high percentage of the time.