1) I'm in Canada. I know for many years that if I pointed my browser to www,google,com that it would be redirected to google,ca. I had always thought that if I wanted to REALLY bring up the google,com search page that there was a way to do it. I was looking into this today, and can't seem to find a way. Is there a way? (ps: I can bring up the google search page for many different countries, but not google,com).
2) When viewing a google search result, it used to be that if I clicked on a non-sponsored result, that the URL (as printed on the screen) was the actual URL that I'd be directed to. Starting about 1 or 2 weeks ago, I'm noticing that the behavior has changed and I'm now being re-directed through google to the desired URL search result. Again, I've never seen this before for non-sponsored results. Is this happening only for google,ca search results?