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Google helps to highlight Black-owned businesses in Maps and Search

Google helps to highlight Black-owned businesses in Maps and Search

Consumers rely on Google Maps for up-to-date information about local businesses. In these uncertain economic times, supporting local business owners has become even more of a priority for many people. Now Google is introducing a new identity attribute to highlight Black-owned stores in communities across the United States.

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Samsung could give up on Bixby in rumored Google Assistant and Search deal

Samsung could give up on Bixby in rumored Google Assistant and Search deal

Perhaps the biggest gripe many of us still have with Samsung’s interface is the sheer amount of unnecessary and duplicate apps that come preinstalled on Galaxy phones. While the count has come down a bit over the years, we're still looking at a lot of redundancy. That could be further toned down in the future as Google and Samsung are reportedly in the process of cutting a deal to promote Google Assistant and the Play Store over Bixby and the Galaxy Store.

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Google app tests Lens shortcut directly in the search bar

Google app tests Lens shortcut directly in the search bar

Google introduced Lens back in 2017 as a new way to provide contextual info on things you see. Since then, it's continued to evolve and add new features. There are a number of places to find Lens, including in Google Photos and the Google Camera app. Now Google seems to be testing placing a Lens icon directly in the search bar of the Google app.

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Google Play Store search filters are rolling out to more users

Google Play Store search filters are rolling out to more users

The Play Store's search feature is downright laughable, especially when you consider that it's built by the same company that has successfully indexed most of the web and made it easy to find any page or image or video with plenty of options to whittle down your request. New search filters in the Play Store hope to fix that issue at least a little.

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Google delays going mobile-first on search indexing until March 2021

Google delays going mobile-first on search indexing until March 2021

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Google confirms it disabled the Twitter carousel in Search following Bitcoin scam kerfuffle

Google confirms it disabled the Twitter carousel in Search following Bitcoin scam kerfuffle

Yesterday's Twitter snafu has had a significant impact outside the platform itself. In what Google has confirmed to us was an intentional response to the breach, the Twitter carousel has been disabled in Google Search results, and data gathered by Search Engine Roundtable confirms the change is universal.

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Google Images now displays Knowledge Graph information in search results

Google Images now displays Knowledge Graph information in search results

I haven't been the biggest fan of Google Images since it removed direct image links, but the service has been working on a few useful features behind the scenes. Starting this week, contextual information about images will appear when you tap on them, similar to what you would get from regular web searches.

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Gawk at the boatloads of cash Google is throwing at Apple to maintain its search monopoly

Gawk at the boatloads of cash Google is throwing at Apple to maintain its search monopoly

According to a recent report by the UK Competition and Markets Authority, Google paid £1.2 billion (or around $1.5 billion) across 2019 to secure its place as the default search engine in devices across the market, the "substantial majority of which" was paid to Apple. That's a huge sum, and rival search engines claim it makes competition impossible — they simply can't afford to be in contention with numbers that high.

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Google is adding dinosaurs to its 3D search models

Google is adding dinosaurs to its 3D search models

You can use Google Search to find 3D models of animals, planets, astronauts, and even cell models and view them as though they were inside your own home. Now Google has announced a new entry to the ever-growing party — dinosaurs. Ten models are brought to you via a collaboration between the search engine and Ludia's Jurassic World mobile game, so you can have that T-Rex stomping through your living room, if that's an experience you're dying to get.

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Google Image Search picks up fact check labels and summaries

Google Image Search picks up fact check labels and summaries

Google is bringing fact-checking to its Google Image Search results, via a new "fact check" label that will appear beneath thumbnails for some images. The expanded image view will also show further details including a summary of the fact check from the linked page. The new fact check labels will appear for image results that surface from fact-checking websites from articles either about a specific image, or which reference it.

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