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It's been pointless very probably since inception, yet they've kept it around because (official PR comms to the effect of) 'user testing says it's comforting and inspires trust'.

Which is bullshit PR. They meant 'You do a search with Google and the top result is what you were looking for... you can choose to view our ranked results or just go with what we picked as number one'

The fact they're keeping their marketing-PR-goodwill-bullshit around as a frankenstein gimmick of a button instead of good UX is lame.

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