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You’ll notice a new simpler, cleaner design on the search results page — we’ve been working on ways to create a consistent search experience across the wide variety of devices and screen sizes people use today. We started with tablets last year, got it to mobile phones a few weeks ago, and are now rolling out to the desktop.
With the new design, there’s a bit more breathing room, and more focus on the answers you’re looking for, whether from web results or from a feature like the Knowledge Graph...
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Page Layout #2 — October 9, 2012
Google announced an update to its original page layout algorithm change back in January, which targeted pages with too many ads above the fold. It's unclear whether this was an algorithm change or a Panda-style data refresh.
And the count for time restricted search is gone too.
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
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
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.
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.
It's been like that for ages to for me, I always change my location to UK
I just don't get why pile things on top of each other when screens are getting wider...
Also Monaco and Tuvalu
I think they want a narrower layout for mobile reasons