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Google introduces SSL search.
Google introduced SSL to allow users to have an 'end-to-end encrypted search solution' between their computers and Google. This secured channel helps 'protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party'.
Links formally in top left hand corner of web page are now incorporated in top bar of web page.
Appearance of Google +
Launched at the end of June 2011 by invitation only, Google Plus was released to everyone in September 2011. It was integrated into the account creation process for other Google services such as Google Mail in November 2011 and included on the home page.