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Articles tagged with: search results

Google Plays With A New Mobile Layout

Google has started to deliver a new update on its mobile platforms. The new interface has a simpler, cleaner look and gives users some new options to make their mobile experience just a bit smoother. The user-interface allows for easier navigation to YouTube, Gmail, and other frequently used apps.

The new interface also carries a dedicated search panel that contains the bare bone essentials (Google News, Video, Finance, Maps, iGoogle, Books, Youtube, and Blogs Search). Through the new menu, search results are filtered down and displayed by colorful icons (ah, time to get cozy with our favorite technology!)

Google Refuses To Censor Search Results For U.S. Government

The House and Senate are working to block websites that promote illegal activities such as piracy sites like thepiratebay.org. At the COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) hearing, SVP of Google, Kent Walker came to defend Google’s stance in search engine censorship. Congressman Goodlattes argued that a search for “free mp3 taylor swift” brought up a bunch of results from unlicensed sites, and a search for “watch movies online” led to a Google suggestion for “watch free bootleg movies online.”

Walker said that although Google was willing to help, many sites such as ThePirateBay do have legitimate aspects within their website and Google didn’t want to be the “judge, jury, and executioner” for websites. Walker went further in saying that Google doesn’t know which sites are authorized outlets for music and movies.

Google Adds +1 Button, Competes With Facebook’s Like

Today Google official launched it’s “+1” button, a way to share search results that you like with your friends and the rest of the internet. The small button will be placed next to each search result, and if you like the website just click +1 to have your opinion shared with everyone.

The “friends” aspect is interesting, since Google is not a social network (yet). The people your +1 gets shared with are Gmail chat contacts and friends on Reader and Buzz, which may or may not be an accurate representation of your online friends who’s opinions you care about.

Of course there was a way to harness this for financial gain. You can +1 ads, which sounds like something no one would do on purpose, so Google added a catch: if you +1 a site in the search results, and if that site has an ad then a +1 is added there as well.