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Google removes underlined links in search results

Google introduced a change to its search engine this week that removes one of the design elements it still carried from the '90s: underlined hyperlinks.

To give Google Search a cleaner look, the tech giant has increased the font size of result titles, evened out line heights, and most importantly, removed the underlines.

"This improves readability and creates an overall cleaner look," Jon Wiley, lead designer for Google Search, wrote in a Google+ post.

The new look was introduced as a way to make the desktop version of Google Search resemble the underline-free look introduced last year on smartphones and tablets.

The decision to transfer a design originally tailored for mobile devices to PCs underscores the company's increasing emphasis on mobile.

"Improving consistency in design across platforms makes it easier for people to use Google search across devices," Wiley wrote. "And it makes it easier for us to develop and ship improvements across the board."

Los Angeles Times, AP