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Yahoo Search Direct offers suggestions, previews in an instant

Late in 2010, Yahoo began showing a limited number of testers something it called Rich Search Assist. Type a few letters into the search box, and Yahoo displayed a floating pane with suggested search terms in one column and a results preview in the other. Now, the feature has launched as Yahoo Search Direct. As you can see, the previews also include Yahoo's contextual customizations for...

Google 'Instant Previews' coming to the iPhone

Google Instant on mobiles looks to be getting a boost from 'Instant Previews' bringing it in-line with its desktop counterpart. Tapping on a magnifying glass that appears next to each search result will give you a quick pop-up preview of said search result. Google has even implemented a Mobile Safari-like tab-switching for jumping between previews. It'll certainly be a nice feature for mobile...

Google censors torrent, download terms from suggestions and Instant

It's pretty common for Google to revise its suggestion blacklist, adding in new terms that the company feels shouldn't appear. With the most recent update, you'll no longer see terms related to downloading -- terms such as torrent, RapidShare, and Megaupload. Why? Google, indexing torrent sites and facilitating piracy, has been given plenty of flack from just about anyone with a copyright....

Gmail Labs features get easier to find with Instant-like search

Gmail Labs features are great, but with more than four dozen to choose from, it's gotten a bit tedious scrolling through and trying to figure out which to enable. You could use your Web browser's built-in find feature to locate a specific term on the page, but that's just not very Google. Which is precisely why a pair of Google engineers decided it was time to add a fancy search option on the...

Yahoo! rolling out Google Instant-like previews

While it's not going to win points for a catchy name, Yahoo's new Rich Search Assist will provide some slick new functionality to its users. It's a bit like Google Suggest meets Google Instant Previews. Unlike Instant, however, Yahoo's previews appear in a floating element and only cover the top half of the page. Hover over a suggestion in the left column, and the preview appears on the right. ...

Google Instant integration lands in Chrome Canary

Just announced on Tuesday, Google Instant has already been integrated into Google Chrome's Omnibar (though only in the Canary build for now). When I saw various people tweeting about wanting the feature integrated over the past few days I wasn't certain Instant would be a good fit. After all, the Omnibar already offers a certain amount of "instant" functionality. Now that I've used it, I'm...

An early sneak-peek at Google's real-time search results

Later today there's a big Google event, where we think some big changes to their primary search product will be announced. One of those changes might be the new 'instant search' -- and if you can't wait for the official launch, you can try it out by simply visiting a special URL: http://www.google.com/webhp?sclient=psy We covered Google's testing of this new feature just two weeks ago, so I'd...

Homer Simpson impersonator attacks fans' computers

Earlier this week, a Homer Simpson impersonator began instant messaging fans with a link to an "internet-only exclusive Simpsons episode." This -- like many things spawned in the dark corners of 'net -- turned out to be a PC virus. But how did this impostor gain Homer's identity? It turns out Mr. Simpson has a legitimate, real-world e-mail address: chunkylover53@aol.com, which appeared in the...

Meebo sidebar for Flock

Meebo is great. It's full of AJAX-y goodness, connects through port 80 (which is useful when you're on a network that blocks standard IM ports), and works with the big 4 IM protocols. The only real issue I have with it is the fact that opening a new tab or new window hides my buddy list. Some intrepid soul has hacked up an extension for Flock which places Meebo in a persistent sidebar frame that...