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For those of you who were following the side comments in the Sesame Street thread (general-discussion/happy-40th-birthday-sesame-street-t100868.html#p564836) I don't think you were imagining things.

It appears Google is playing with things again. At least on Internet Explorer 8. To view what I'm seeing, on these screen shots, you need to be using IE 8, with Google on Classic (not iGoogle), not logged in (I think) and not subscribed to any experiments.

Anyway when you open Google in an IE 8 window and DON'T move your mouse you get this
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If you move your mouse, the normal Google links and Button's fade into view.

If you don't move your mouse and just start typing (the cursor is automatically focused in the text box) you get the autocomplete (notice where the buttons are and notice that there are still no links where they would normally be - as long as you haven't touched your mouse).
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If you don't see it on IE8 like I've described and displayed, one thing I have on IE8 as an add-on is Google Toolbar, and the Google Toolbar thumbnail page that displays when you open a blank tab. I don't know if that makes a difference or not. If you haven't seen what I'm talking about it looks like this:
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I've checked. This does not work on Chrome, FF, Opera or Safari.
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I love the thumbnail page! I type all my queries in the toolbar's field, so I never see the classic or iGoogle pages.

What's the point of all this?
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It appears this is the explanation
http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20091030/goog-page/

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UPDATE: Here’s the official word from Google: “At Google, we run anywhere from 50 to 200 experiments at any given time on Google sites around the world. Today, we’re testing several homepage design changes. This is just a test, and a way for us to gauge whether our users will like an even simpler search interface.”


I also am enjoying the thumbnail page. I've gotten rather used to them now. This one comes up any time I open a new blank tab in IE8.
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Does the same for at least one version of FF when not logged in.

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Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.1.5) Gecko/20091109 Ubuntu/9.10 (karmic) Firefox/3.5.5


It looks like they're using their own animation library.

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    var f = 0,
        g = [];
    google.fx = {};
    google.fx.linear = function (a) {
        return a
    };
    google.fx.easeOut = function (a) {
        return 1 - Math.pow(1 - a, 3)
    };
    google.fx.easeInAndOut = function easeInAndOut(a) {
        return (3 - 2 * a) * a * a
    };
    google.fx.animate = function (a, d, e) {
        for (var c = 0, b; b = d[c++];) {
            b[5] = b[5] == null ? "px" : b[5];
            b[4] = b[4] || google.fx.linear;
            h(b[0], b[1], b[2] + b[5])
        }
        g.push({
            b: a,
            a: e,
            d: google.time(),
            c: d
        });
        f = f || window.setInterval(i, 15)
    };
  1.     var f = 0,
  2.         g = [];
  3.     google.fx = {};
  4.     google.fx.linear = function (a) {
  5.         return a
  6.     };
  7.     google.fx.easeOut = function (a) {
  8.         return 1 - Math.pow(1 - a, 3)
  9.     };
  10.     google.fx.easeInAndOut = function easeInAndOut(a) {
  11.         return (3 - 2 * a) * a * a
  12.     };
  13.     google.fx.animate = function (a, d, e) {
  14.         for (var c = 0, b; b = d[c++];) {
  15.             b[5] = b[5] == null ? "px" : b[5];
  16.             b[4] = b[4] || google.fx.linear;
  17.             h(b[0], b[1], b[2] + b[5])
  18.         }
  19.         g.push({
  20.             b: a,
  21.             a: e,
  22.             d: google.time(),
  23.             c: d
  24.         });
  25.         f = f || window.setInterval(i, 15)
  26.     };


I was kinda hoping they were using the Google Code hosted version of jQuery since that would prime a lot of peoples browsers with the library, but looking for it now it appears jQuery has moved over to github for some reason. :scratchhead:
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Those thumbnails are schweeeet, I hope they take that operational. Wasn't ask.com or some other serach engine that when you moused over the search result it showed a preview of the page?
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Cool discovery..
But I am used to mousing when I surf the net..
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It doesn't work for mine. I waited, buttons are still there..
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I have FF3.5, I am logged in, I see that aswell, I must admit that in the beginning it confused me quite a bit ...
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Just noticed it working in Firefox when I'm logged in too.

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