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photoactive [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
12 years ago2,412 views

Try this search: [£3 billion industry uk]

Perhaps it's just me that's getting these results, but a million ain't the same as a billion.

photoactive [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

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Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Weird. Add a + in front of billion to fix this stupid query expansion.

google.com/search?q=%C2%A33+%2 ...

or even better:

google.com/search?q=%22%C2%A33 ...

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

searching for billion also highlights "million"

try [4 billion] or even [4+billion] and see wikipedia result
google.com/search?q=4+billion

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Note: [4+billion] and [4 +billion] are interpreted differently.

<< If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it. (Be sure to include a space before the "+" sign.) >>

From: google.com/intl/en/help/refine ...

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