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Google is putting autoplay videos in Search results because hey, why not

July 26th, 2017

In an effort to out-do the FCC in this month’s “who can ruin the internet” competition, Google is testing auto-playing videos in search results. Search Engine Land has confirmed that Google is running a “small experiment” in which “videos automatically play in the knowledge panel” immediately to the right of search results. This is roughly equivalent …

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Uh, Google has some interesting thoughts on Obama plotting a coup

March 6th, 2017

As the debate surrounding the prevalence, scope and impact of fake news continues to rage on unabated, the latest tech company being accused of passively enabling misinformation to spread far and wide is Google. In a fascinating post over at The Outline, Adrianne Jeffries explains how the answer boxes provided by Google Search (also known as Featured …

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Let’s never speak again: The incredible benefits of searchable text

August 4th, 2014

I could, in theory, phone everyone up that’s reading this story and convey this message to them via voice. I’m in no position to argue the merits of vocal interactions, and indeed, we all owe a great deal to Alexander Graham Bell and the invention of the first practical telephone. But we’re beyond that now. …

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For better or worse, Google redesigns search results page once again

November 7th, 2012

Did you visit Google (GOOG) last night and notice something different? Google has redesigned its search results page once again. According to its Inside Search blog, the removal of the left-hand sidebar is an attempt “to create a consistent search experience across the wide variety of devices and screen sizes people use today.” A U.S.-only update …

Google beefs up mobile search with direct answers to common queries

August 10th, 2012

Google (GOOG) is smart enough to know that when users type “weather” into its search engine, they don’t want to see a Wikipedia entry or a link to — they just want to know the weather forecast for their area. With that in mind, Google has added some new features to its mobile search …

Google declares war on free clicks

July 17th, 2012

Google is an advertising company first and foremost, but the big revenue the company sees from ads is funding the rest of the company’s efforts — efforts that have brought us great products and services like Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Search remains Google’s core product, of course, and countless …

Google to adopt ‘semantic search’ within months, WSJ says

March 15th, 2012

Google is reportedly in the process of giving its Web-search formula a major makeover in an attempt to fix its shortcomings and maintain its dominance in the search market. In the coming months, the company is looking to use “semantic search” to analyze words and phrases and present more facts and direct answers to questions …