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Stadia is getting two new features it should have had on day one

Stadia is getting two new features it should have had on day one

Google might not be making its own games for Stadia anymore, but the platform is still very much alive and kicking. Today, the company announced a handful of tweaks that'll make using Stadia on desktop a smoother experience — including a couple that should have been there from the get-go.

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Google's ads for this year's Oscars had more emotion than half the nominees

Google's ads for this year's Oscars had more emotion than half the nominees

After a string of increasingly weird videos promoting the Pixel phone line, it's almost comforting to see Google return to plucking at your heartstrings. Such is the case with two new Google Search commercials posted to Google's official YouTube channel this weekend, both made for the recent Oscars, and at least one of which aired during the event.

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Searching on your Chromebook could get a little cleaner

Searching on your Chromebook could get a little cleaner

Google is a search company first and foremost, and that shows. Most of its products prominently feature search bars or search buttons, and that's no different for Chromebooks with their own dedicated search key, replacing Caps Lock. The button launches an online and system-wide search for apps, websites, bookmarks, settings entries, and more. It's handy, but it can get pretty overwhelming and chaotic due to all different kinds of entries loped together. Google sure seems to be willing to improve that.

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Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Search has always been a core component of Android — the OS is made by Google, after all. But one of the coolest tricks of the system has been reserved for Google's own launcher and widget: the ability to search through both your own apps and web search results at once. That capability may be coming to all launchers and apps in the near future, according to developer documentation for Android 12.

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Google throws the travel industry a bone by making hotel listings in Search free

Google throws the travel industry a bone by making hotel listings in Search free

Hotels have had kind of a rough year. So has everyone, of course, but it's safe to say that the travel industry is in a bit of a crisis at the moment. That's the context Google used to announce that as of now, it's free for hotels to list specific room rates and dates in the price comparison tool at Google.com/travel.

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Google hopes to make you a little less ignorant about news with its latest change in Search

Google hopes to make you a little less ignorant about news with its latest change in Search

Google is justifiably tentative to change anything about how Search works. You don't just play with your core product. But today, a long-awaited adjustment is finally rolling out for news coverage that appears in Search. Google's Full Coverage feature — which first debuted with Google News back in 2018, and which the company announced was coming to Search all the way back in 2019 —is now live to help provide a bit of extra context for big stories.

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The Brave Browser people bought a search engine

The Brave Browser people bought a search engine

Brave, the desktop and mobile browser based on Chromium code, is gaining a lot of steam. Its stated mission of protecting privacy and blocking malicious advertising resonates with a lot of users, particularly those who are growing weary of Google's track record on both. Brave's latest move is an acquisition of Tailcat, a small open source search engine out of Europe.

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Google will pay some Australian publishers after threat to leave market boomerangs

Google will pay some Australian publishers after threat to leave market boomerangs

Google is starting to back down on its threat to leave the Australian market. In a blog post today, the company extended an olive branch, highlighting Australian publishers that would be joining the News Showcase program, which pays publishers as part of a licensing program to refer traffic to their stories.

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Google Search is making it easier to vet websites with ‘About this result’ cards

Google Search is making it easier to vet websites with ‘About this result’ cards

When searching for something on Google, you often come across websites you've never visited before. To find out if the source is trustworthy, you can do some additional research via yet another Google search, but the company is looking to make things more comfortable for you. Starting today, you'll see an overflow menu next to most search results that provides additional details on the source you found.

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Bing to the rescue: Microsoft happy to step in if Google pulls out of Australia

Bing to the rescue: Microsoft happy to step in if Google pulls out of Australia

Google threatened to leave the Australian market if the local government pulls through with a law that would require search engines to pay publishers for linking to news articles. The threat hasn't gone down well, and in a turn of events that shouldn't surprise anyone, smaller competitors are ready to step in should Google pull through with its decision if the law is passed. Microsoft is ready to agree and work with the Australian government going forward, just like DuckDuckGo.

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