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Don't know what it stands for, but the tbm URL parameter appears to indicate the filter used. For example: Applications: tbm=app Blogs: tbm=blg Books: tbm=bks Discussions: tbm=dsc Images: tbm=isch News: tbm=nws Patents: tbm=pts Places: tbm=plcs Recipes: tbm=rcp Shopping: tbm=shop Video: tbm=vid So, tbm=dsc is "Discussions". ...


All the details about Google search operators can be found here. The purpose of the * is to fill in the blank. Add an asterisk within a search as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase. "a * saved is a * earned" Examples: bark ...

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