No surprise: Clicks plummet when images, article info stripped from news results in SERP

Google sought to show potential ‘unintended consequences’ of new copyright rules that require fees when content is shown in search results.

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Type Or Speak “Hodor” To Google & Get A Game Of Thrones Surprise

Google and its Google Search App now have a special surprise for “Game of Thrones” fans. Saying or typing “Hodor” causes Google to respond as Hodor would — speaking all in Hodor. Along with recent updates including new Now cards and a “flip a coin” feature,…

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This Holiday Shopping Season, Searching Google For “Pearl Necklace” Leads To NSFW Surprise

Those using Google to find the perfect pearl necklace for their significant other this holiday season may be in for a rude surprise. If you search for “pearl necklace,” one of the top results is a definition from Urban Dictionary, which is completely not safe for work. A reader sent us…

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Surprise: Yahoo Maps Gets A Facelift, New Features

Shortly after she became Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer declared (disappointingly) that she wasn’t going to invest in Local. In turns out that what she meant was she wasn’t going to go head to head with Google in Maps. Her predecessor Carol Bartz had outsourced maps (to Nokia) and she…

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