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Report: Google Considers Changes To Minimalist Homepage

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By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After Facebook, it’s the most popular website in the world.  But Google apparently is considering making big changes to its sparse homepage.

Besides the relevant search results it delivers, many of us like Google because its minimalist design is quick to load — and to answer our questions.

It appears, though, that Google is testing a feature it calls ‘Now’ — it’s already on Android devices; this would be for its homepage. The blog Google Operating System says it’s uncovered code that shows the site would use your computer’s location to display weather and traffic.  You could track stock prices and what to do nearby.

Google offered an opt-in service like this before, with the widget-enabled iGoogle that’s soon to be shut down.  This would replace the clean homepage for everyone, though the search giant hasn’t said if there’s any truth to the story.

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