I use Gmail for some email, it's too hard to get certain friends to remember a new address. However, I signed up for FB and Twitter using a Yahoo account started for spam. I only look at 2 friends and my kid's moggies since she's bad about using dropbox for pix. I also use mail apps to get mail. I don't see ads.
I use no other services for Google. I just get apps. I don't need Now, Hangouts, or maps. Since Google Sky is abandonware and SkEye picked it up, I use SKEye.
I use the derivative Startpage Ixquick for search and Iron for the extra browser. I see Boat Browser is now allowing Duck Duck Go as an option. I have the alternate browsers as bookmarks and use them on Android anyway.
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