lucy24 - 8:37 am on Nov 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
Massive overlap of preceding batch of posts...
And the count for time restricted search is gone too.
If you click on Search Tools again, the counter comes back.
Uhm, why is everything listed twice? The black bar says (in the US) +You - Search - Images - Maps - Play - YouTube - News - Gmail - More -- with a dropdown that must have changed, because Translate used to be at the top.
The horizontal list below the search-term box says all over again Web - Images - Maps - Shopping - News - More -- with a different dropdown than the black-bar one -- Search Tools. Yes, there is content after More on the list.
Some quick experimenting confirms that "Images" and "Maps" are the same link in both places. So is "Shopping", whether in the plain-sight menu or as a More in the black bar. "News" on the other hand leads to two different things.
Oi! When did I give it permission to default to my location? Which isn't even my real location, given my IP's all-over-the-mapness. There isn't an option for None.
Google will always provide the results that we believe are most relevant to your search. Location is one of a number of factors that we use to provide these relevant results.
You can only specify a location within the country of your current Google domain. For instance, it's not possible to set a U.S. address on www.google.es, the Google domain for Spain.
The customization of search results based on location is an important component of a consistent, high-quality search experience. Therefore, we haven't provided a way to turn off location customization
So if you want to do a locationless search, you have to use google dot something-other-than-com. At most, you can give your location as "US". ("North America" won't work :()
Appropriately enough, my chosen-at-random search was the single word "incomprehensible" ;)
pages with too many ads above the fold
If we apply these rules to google.com itself then may be they wont appear in their own SERP after today's changes
Tralala, the ad blockers are still going strong. Browsers tried: five. Ads seen: none.