Firefox Dumps Yahoo for Google as its Search Engine

Firefox for Android

Right, so pay attention on this one because this is going to get interesting.

Firefox, the Internet browser from Mozilla, has a new branding and messaging.  The new name:  Firefox Quantum and the company reports that it is up to 30% faster than Google Chrome.  Great, competition is good and Firefox is a solid browser.

The interesting part is the default browser in this latest update.  It is now Google Search, not Yahoo has it has been since 2015.  That’s when Yahoo agreed to pay some $375 million to Mozilla to have Yahoo as the default search engine in Firefox.  The deal was reportedly through 2019.  Deals like this are not new.  But there appears to have been a kicker in the deal for Mozilla.

To be clear, we are talking about the default search engine here in the United States.  In other parts of the world, Google has been the default, not Yahoo.

It has come to light that a clause in the agreement that, if Yahoo were purchased, Mozilla could change the default search engine and still get the payments through 2019.  That means, assuming payments for 2017 were paid, Yahoo would still have to pay Mozilla some $750 million – and not be the default browser.

For those that don’t remember, Verizon purchased Yahoo earlier this year.  Anyone want to make bets at the number of Verizon lawyers looking this over?

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Google Search Gets Improves Job Search Information

Google Search Job Search Information

In July of this year, my company was purchased.  The last week of September, the sale was completed.  And, in the first week of October, my role was eliminated.  Yeah, it sucks but fortunately for me, it looks like the job search is nearing an end.  But when I see the improvements that Google Search is making for job seekers, it makes me smile as they are certainly trying to make what can be a painful process easier.

Teaming up with the likes of LinkedIn, Glassdoor and PayScale, Google Search now not only allows you to see jobs in your area, but also can give you an estimated salary for those roles.  This adds to the already powerful job searching features in the app, which Google rolled out earlier this year.

In addition to this new salary information in Search, Google has listened to feedback on the feature and have now added a much more granular location filtering feature.

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Google Finance Card in Google Search Gets A Makeover

Google Finance Card in Google Search

Last week, I told you about the changes that are coming to Google Finance.  The financial site is getting a makeover of sorts and part of that is the retirement of portfolio management.  However, we could be getting a glimpse of how the new look is going to play out thanks to Google Search.

For a long time, you have been able to search for any stock within Google search and get pricing and other news related to that stock.  Previously, that was one long page within search once you found the stock of interest.  Quietly, over the weekend, it appears that Google changed this to be a tabular style look.

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Google Search Highlights The El Clasico Match on Sunday in Miami

Google Search El Clasico Results

Arguably, one of the world’s biggest sporting events will happen this Sunday in Miami.  That event is El Clasico, a match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.  The match on Sunday is a friendly and it is the first time in over 30 years that the storied clubs have met outside of Spain.  Football, or Soccer as we call it here in the United States, may not have the following it has in other parts of the world but this match, and the rivalry between these clubs, is a must see.  Some 400 million viewers are expected to watch the match on Sunday at 7:30 PM Eastern.

To celebrate the event, Google Search now through Sunday is offering up special search results for the match.  Just search El Clasico on your Android phone and you will get a wealth of information about the clubs, the match itself and the key players for each club.

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Google Adds Jobs Near Me Search

Google Search Jobs Near Me

Finding a job is challenging for most of us at the best of times.  Regardless of if you are looking for part-time or full-time work, the  fact is that jobs that are available in your area are in a variety of locations online.  That makes it easy to miss an opportunity.  Google is trying to address that with a new Jobs Near Me search that is rolling out today.

By typing in “jobs near me” in Google on your phone or on the web, listings of jobs that are available in your area are provided to you and you can filter those down to particular types of job, part-time or full-time and other filters to try to find the right job for you.  Once you find a job listing you are interested in, tapping it will take you directly to that company’s site where you can start the application process.

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Google Search Fact Checking Feature Goes Live

Google Search Fact Checking

After testing for several months, the new fact checking feature in Google Search has now been enabled for everyone.  The new feature is rolling out now and it could take a few days for everyone to receive it.  Just make sure you are running the latest version of the Google app on your Android phone.  The new feature is pretty straightforward in how it works.  Type in a search as you would normally do and if it is a search on a topic that has been fact checked, you will see a link below your search results with a source and if the fact is true, mostly true, mostly false or false.

If you want to check the validity of the facts, you can tap that link to go to the source and do your investigating on if it is really true or not.  For their part, Google is trying to bubble up this information quickly & easily so you don’t have to do a lot of tapping around to check the facts of a story.

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Get Fun Facts on Google Search

Cat Fun Facts in Google Search

Sometimes you just need a fun fact.  Whether you are at a party trying to throw out some random trivia or teaching your kids some fun things about animals, flowers or other things, fun facts can be, well, fun, and maybe even educate you at the same time.  Google Search is making it easier to find those fun facts with a improved algorithm that surfaces these types of searches.  If you type in “Cat fun facts”, you will get a highlighted (with larger print) fun fact about cats.  Refresh your search (pull down on the screen on your Android phone) and it will give you a new fun fact.  There is nothing you need to update, it is just something that is now showing up more predominantly in search results.

Most of the fun facts are for animals and plants but you’ll also find some fun vegetable facts too.

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