Google announced today that its Search Options feature, which allows users to progressively refine search results, now includes new refinement options: past hour, specific date range, more shopping sites, fewer shopping sites, visited pages, not yet visited, books, blogs and news. Of course, you could do some of this already with clever hackery. In any case, it’s great to see Google slouching towards HCIR on its most visible search property. Perhaps I was too quick to write off their interest in faceted search. Meanwhile, I’m staying tuned for Bing 2.0.