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  • Google's Revamped iPhone App Now Worth Using; Could Be Better Still

    Google’s flagship native app for the iPhone has always been a little odd. First of all, it was called “Google Mobile App”, which seemed a bit redundant. More importantly, it just wasn’t really worth using instead of google.com in the Safari web browser itself. But a big update today fixes both issues — and showcases how it could be ever better still. What was… Read More

  • Google's Wizard Of Oz Search Algorithm And The Threat Of Facebook Search

    Google's Wizard Of Oz Search Algorithm And The Threat Of Facebook Search

    Google search is powered by algorithms. Computers slice and dice data looking for signals that a web page is more or less interesting than other web pages for a given query. PageRank is a big part of this, where Google looks at inbound links to a site as well as the text relevant to that link. But Google also uses lots of other signals to determine the relevance of a web page. They have to… Read More

  • Google Search Finally Going Fully Social With Shared Twitter Links And Even Quora Data

    Google Search Finally Going Fully Social With Shared Twitter Links And Even Quora Data

    At least a couple times a week we get tipped about Google testing a new “social search” feature. The truth is that the “social circle” results that everyone is pointing to have been in place since 2009. But Google clearly didn’t think too much of them and shoved them all the way down at the bottom of the results page. I’m not sure I’ve ever clicked on… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer's Next Big Thing: "Contextual Discovery" — Google Results Without Search

    Marissa Mayer's Next Big Thing: "Contextual Discovery" — Google Results Without Search

    Today at LeWeb ’10 in Paris, France, our own Michael Arrington took the stage to talk with Google’s Marissa Mayer. Mayer recently took a new job within Google. Technically, she’s now the head of consumer products for the company. So what’s she working on? Well, as we’ve all heard, location is a big part of it. But she’s also thinking about a bigger picture… Read More

  • Google Instant Previews: Get Ready To Be 5% More Likely Satisfied With Google Search

    Google Instant Previews: Get Ready To Be 5% More Likely Satisfied With Google Search

    I can’t recall something we’ve gotten tipped about more than Google Instant Previews. Even after we wrote about it appearing in the wild a month ago, the tips kept flowing in. Even just yesterday we received two more: “NEW GOOGLE FEATURE!!!” We appreciate the tips, and I’m happy to say today that you can stop sending this specific one. Because Google is… Read More

  • Google Instant Brings Search As You Type To The iPhone. Cool, But Pretty Hard To See

    Two months ago, when they first unveiled Google Instant, Google let everyone know that it would be coming to mobile devices this fall. Sure enough, it’s here, in beta form. While the feature hit some Android devices about a week ago, today it has arrived for the iPhone as well. I’ve just loaded up google.com on my device and sure enough, right below the search box and location… Read More

  • Full Page Previews Spotted Alongside Google Search Results

    We haven’t been able to reproduce this, and Google has yet to respond to our requests for confirmation and more information, but SEO consultant Patrick Altoft says he has spotted something fresh while using the search engine: full-page previews of search results. Update: TheNextWeb has been able to reproduce this as well, so Google’s definitely testing this right now. Read More

  • What's Next For Google Search? Two Icons May Hold The Clue

    What's Next For Google Search? Two Icons May Hold The Clue

    Over time, we’ve scooped things ranging from Facebook Places to various Chrome OS features simply by digging through code put out there in public. What’s great about doing this is that it negates the inevitable non-denial denials from companies when you ask about these features. Code doesn’t lie. Neither do images. And the latter may reveal two upcoming features destined… Read More

  • Google Instant Coming Natively To Browsers "In The Next Few Months"

    Google Instant Coming Natively To Browsers "In The Next Few Months"

    Today at the Google Search event in San Francisco, the search giant unveiled Instant, a huge new feature that allows users to search in real time (without hitting the search button). It looks to be an awesome product that will save users a lot of aggregate time. But that’s on Google.com. I rarely use Google.com anymore. I want it in the Chrome Omnibox. That’s coming soon… Read More

  • Google Instant For Mobile Coming Later This Fall

    Today at their Search event, Google showed of a huge update: Google Instant. As you can probably guess, this is a way to search in realtime simply by typing. While this new feature is rolling out on Google for users in the U.S. today (and the world shortly), that’s only on google.com. But Google gave a sneak preview of what’s coming next: Google Instant for Mobile, coming… Read More

  • Google Now Serving 1 Billion Users Each Week

    Google Now Serving 1 Billion Users Each Week

    Today at their Google Search event in San Francisco, executive Marissa Mayer kicked things off with a big state: Google is now serving 1 billion users each week. Mayer noted that they have some big announcements coming up today (likely these), but first reiterated that they’ve already done a lot this year. In 2009, Google rolled out 500 UI and ranking changes — in 2010 so far… Read More