Google Blog: Improving Search and discovery on Google. “Over the years, we’ve developed many features to help you discover more on your journeys through the web, starting with related searches almost 10 years ago, to more recent additions such as related questions (Related questions are labeled ‘People also ask’ in search results). In the last few weeks, we’ve made three new additions to help you explore further, including expanded Featured Snippets, improved functionality of Knowledge Panels, and suggested content as you search for a particular topic.”
Google Blog: New tools to make your job search simpler. “To help the millions of people who turn to Google to start their job search, we worked with leaders across the industry to introduce a new experience earlier this year. Since then, we’ve seen more than 60 percent of employers showing jobs in Search and connected tens of millions of people to new job opportunities. Now, based on feedback from job seekers, we’re introducing some new features to help make the process more efficient. Directly in Search, you can access salary information for job postings, improved location settings, job application choices, and in a couple of weeks, the ability to save individual jobs.”
SEO Roundtable: Confirmed: Google Drops Addition Links & Information For Info Command. “A week ago we reported that the info command changed and we were unsure if it was a bug or a change on purpose. Well, Google confirmed with me this week that it was intentional, they decided to drop the additional informational links under the first snippet that has been part of the info command for countless years.” Dammit.
Ars Technica: Internet Explorer bug leaks whatever you type in the address bar. “There’s a bug in the latest version of Internet Explorer that leaks the addresses, search terms, or any other text typed into the address bar. The bug allows any currently visited website to view any text entered into the address bar as soon as the user hits enter. The technique can expose sensitive information a user didn’t intend to be viewed by remote websites, including the Web address the user is about to visit. The hack can also expose search queries, since IE allows them to be typed into the address bar and then retrieved from Bing or other search services.”
Quartz: Siri will now search the web with Apple’s smartphone competitor instead of its computer rival. “Since the beginning, Siri has been the wind beneath Microsoft’s Bing. But those winds have died down—Apple will switch the default web search in Siri and Spotlight from Bing to Google, starting today (Sept. 25).”
Mashable: E-book checkouts just got easier with new Google search feature. “You can now keep up with your book club more easily without dropping cash every month, thanks to Google. The company just added a new search feature that lets you look up book titles in your local library’s e-book system straight from your phone.”
Mashable: Google search update makes it easier to find details about TV, books, and movies. “Google just made search results a lot more useful. The company is giving its mobile search results a new look, with a new set of tabs that show more information about television shows, movies, stocks, and books. The update’s available now for mobile search results in the U.S.”