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Google Search results favicon UI rolled back, redesigned in experiments

Google Search results favicon UI rolled back, redesigned in experiments

Today Google updated the way Google Search results appeared in web browsers on desktop computers after a similar redesign earlier this month. The most visual bit of this update - the most prominent, easy to see, and central element of this update - is the favicon. As it was with mobile UI for Google Search results updated in May of 2019, so too shall it be for Google Search results on desktop computers - or at least that's what Google suggested on the 17th.

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Verizon OneSearch is powered by Bing, promises to be private and serve ads

Verizon OneSearch is powered by Bing, promises to be private and serve ads

Gone are the days when almost anyone that can set up a web server would offer a search engine of their own. These days, any custom engine is often powered by either Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, or Yandex and Baidu in certain countries. That is exactly what is happening with Verizon's unexpected OneSerch engine, which actually serves up results from Microsoft Bing. That, however, isn't what makes it interesting. Rather it is its promise to protect users' privacy that will probably raise not a few eyebrows.

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Google’s European Android search default process will make it money

Google’s European Android search default process will make it money

Android users in Europe will get to pick their search engine of choice, as Google complies with the antitrust ruling from the European Commission, though in doing so the company will be lining its own pockets. Google was found guilty last year of creating a monopoly situation in Europe, insisting that Android smartphones have the Chrome browser pre-installed, and its own search engine set as the default.

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Steam Interactive Recommender just out-Googled Google

Steam Interactive Recommender just out-Googled Google

After spending just a few minutes with Valve's new Interactive Recommender for Steam, I can already see the massive improvement. I've been using app stores and game stores since before they were digital, and I've never experienced such a smooth process. This is a positive, well-planned, thoughtful, non-intrusive way to use machine learning, and I'm glad it was a gaming company that had to be the first to make it happen.

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Google Search mobile-first indexing just made desktop second-class

Google Search mobile-first indexing just made desktop second-class

Mobile-First Indexing by default is the new way of things at Google Search. This won't come as a surprise to those that've been watching the throne - Google's been headed toward this day for a long time. But today's the day. Today is when the official Googlebot army begins indexing new webpages with a mobile-first approach.

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Google Search redesign puts brands to the front

Google Search redesign puts brands to the front

Google Search is getting a makeover, with results set to add recognizable brands and more in order to make finding your answer even quicker. The update will be showing up in mobile results first, Google says, though it coincidentally arrives in the midst of an indexing glitch that has left the search giant ignoring new content.

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Microsoft Bing search engine blocked in China, report says [UPDATE]

Microsoft Bing search engine blocked in China, report says [UPDATE]

The Chinese government seems to be working to further strengthen its notorious Great Firewall of censorship. Or at least that’s the growing suspicion behind the still unexplained outage of Microsoft Bing in China. While it’s not really unusual for the restrictive regime to block access to Internet services to “protect” its citizens from outside corruption, Bing’s exit could mean that Chinese users will no longer have access to non-Chinese search engines completely.

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DuckDuckGo integrates Apple Maps for private, robust local searches

DuckDuckGo integrates Apple Maps for private, robust local searches

DuckDuckGo, the search engine that revolves around user privacy, has brought users a combination of mapping and private searches via Apple's MapKit JS framework. The update enables DuckDuckGo users to search for locations and enjoy better map results, including enhanced satellite images, new visual features, better support for address searches, and more. Unlike now, DuckDuckGo's mapping results utilized OpenStreetMap and were fairly limited.

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How Google pays Apple in 2018

How Google pays Apple in 2018

Almost since birth, Google's done business with Apple - be it by listing ads, running GPS maps, or by being a default for search on a smartphone. Apple and Google understand that it's better for business that they collaborate and compete, rather than just one or the other. Today we're going to talk about how Google paid Apple one massive amount of money for one key bit of preferential treatment in their MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, and so forth.

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DuckDuckGo sets new record for private searches, still trails behind Google

DuckDuckGo sets new record for private searches, still trails behind Google

The internet is a huge place, and while there's a variety of search engines available, it's undeniable that Google is the top player: it handles roughly 77% of web searches around the world. But with that in mind, it's still an impressive feat when an underdog reaches a milestone, especially one with goals different from the entrenched leader. That's the case this week, as the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo hit 30 million direct searches in a single day.

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Google Discover: How to get The New Search

Google Discover: How to get The New Search

Google's next step after Google Feed is "Google Discover" and it's all about News. Google's describing it a bit differently - they're offering this system up as a set of changes in the way they think about Search. "We're launching a major update to this experience," said Karen Corby, Google Search Group Product Manager, "including a new name, a fresh look, and a brand-new set of features."

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Microsoft Search taps your personal results to battle Google

Microsoft Search taps your personal results to battle Google

Today Microsoft Search was introduced - or re-introduced - with an eye on searching everywhere, in all things, at all times. This is Microsoft's biggest effort to take on Google and its all-in integration of services, but with Microsoft's strong points. That means search in Office 365 documents as well as on-machine and on the web. "Getting pages of results with hyperlinks to other information is simply not enough," said Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President for OneDrive, SharePoint, and Office.

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