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Google wants to freshen up those static search pages for queries the latest sports scores, weather conditions or mass cultural happenings. The Internet giant plans to roll out changes over the next few days that include a real-time feed added to their standard results page with instant updates from Twitter, Facebook and other news sites and blogs for instant zeitgeist readings.

“Our real-time search enables you to discover breaking news the moment it’s happening, even if it’s not the popular news of the day, and even if you didn’t know about it beforehand,” said Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow, on the Official Google Blog.

Clicking on “Latest results” or selecting “Latest” from a search options menu displays the full page of live content scrolling past on Google, whether in the form of social network updates or from mainstream news sources. Users can also filter results to only see updates from the likes of Twitter, FriendFeed, Jaiku, etc.

Putting the new features in place required Google to go beyond its real-time search algorithms, and enlist the cooperation of Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Jaiku, Identi.ca, and Twitter.

iPhone and other mobile users now also have more search modes beyond text, including voice, location and sight. Android-capable devices can now recognize Japanese voice searches, and “what’s nearby” displays some suggestions for destinations centered on mobile phone locations.

Then there’s a visual search application called Google Goggles that searches by image, based on your camera phone — sounds like it makes use of image-recognition algorithms similar to those powering Image Swirl. More info is here at the Google Mobile Blog.

You can test the new search features now at Google Trends, where the search engine now also includes the latest hot topics among netizens. As of this posting, the top search is … “tiger woods women.” Well, we suppose that even Google can only work within what the people want.

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