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Google Search desktop UI showing refreshed Material Design with rounded corners and persistent search bar

I've been noticing it pretty much since I arrived in Germany for IFA 2018, and now we've had a few tips from readers to confirm it. Google's desktop search UI is being updated to more closely follow the latest evolution of the company's Material Design guidelines — this means rounded corners everywhere, more white than a snowstorm, and a persistent search bar.

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Google makes it easier for veterans to find jobs, as well as businesses led by other service members

As with many other large businesses in the US, you'll find plenty of former military personnel working at Google. Some of them have put their heads together to come up with some ways to make things easier for veterans as they move on to the next phase of their life.

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Google reportedly plans to release a censored search app in China

Google is planning to release a censored version of its search app in China, according to a report from The Intercept. The project, apparently code-named Dragonfly, has been in development since last spring. The app will limit searches to exclude information not approved by the Chinese government, like results about sex or political dissidence.

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Google overhauls events in Search with recommendations and more detailed overviews

Last year Google implemented a new card interface for event-related searches, giving you a straightforward overview of the many ways to fill your free time locally. Today Google has announced that it is adding a few more features to Search that make finding events even easier, showing more information like time, location, and ticketing, as well as an entirely new discovery mechanism for finding out about events you might like.

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Assistant can now read sections of news stories highlighted by publishers

Google Assistant is good at performing actions and answering questions for which there's a straightforward answer. If you give it a more open-ended query, Assistant needs to scan the internet for something relevant. Now, it'll be a little better at that thanks to a new structured data specification called "speakable."

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[Update: More tests] Google Images testing new mobile-style UI for the web

Google doesn't often revise its interface for image searches, though it did tweak the mobile UI a bit in October of last year. The web version is now getting a similar treatment, complete with a new look for the gallery and a new image viewer.

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[Update: Brazil too] Google Search job hunt feature now available in the UK

Finding the right job is pretty hard, as I'm sure we can all attest to. It's also not an easy task for employers looking to find the best candidates, as proven by the statistic that 75% of them struggle to hire people who are the right fit. In the US, Spain, and some parts of Africa, Google has offered a service built right into Search that aids users in their job hunt. It's now coming to the UK.

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[Update: Rolling out] Page speed will affect mobile search rankings starting this summer

Slow websites are lame, and Google knows it. Starting in July 2018, Google will use a page's speed in the ranking algorithm for mobile searches. That means slow websites will be penalized, moving faster ones up closer to the top.

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Google Play Games v5.10 adds search and allows disabling autoplay videos, prepares dark mode, and more [APK Teardown]

Google Play Games doesn't get much attention these days, but that doesn't mean there haven't been some changes. We're wrapping together everything that's different in the last few versions, plus touching on some new things that are coming in the future.

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New shortcut in Google search allows you to refine results with specific terms

If you've made any kind of specific Google search, you've probably seen results that aren't a perfect match. Such results often include an indicator that they're not exactly what you're looking for: "Missing: whatever." Now, these results include the option to search again and only show results that include that missing term.

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