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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Google Space

ZDNet’s Andrew Donoghue today reports on Google Space, a place to entertain waiting passengers at London’s Heathrow airport. Also see the Google Space homepage. Lorraine Twohill of Google Europe says Google Space “is a live lab where people can test our most-up-to-date products.” I suppose it’s nothing but a PR gimmick without real “test lab” features other than what the Google Labs already offer – but I might be wrong. [Thanks to Alex C., Dan Neal, and Dirson!]

Google Base SafeSearch Was Broken

According to German Spiegel, Google admitted that the SafeSearch filter of Google Base had been temporarily broken. Keywords like “xxx” or “porn”, which recently triggered a load of adult content – some of it even hosted directly on Google’s server – now returns family-friendly result again (like the movie “Triple X” or a “Web Protection Blocker”).

Google Video Redesign

Google Video comes along with a slight redesign, as Dan Neal alerts me. The front-page now contains two tabs below the search box – popular videos (default), and random videos. Also, there will now be related videos shown for every video. (The video playback is disabled in Germany so I can’t comment on that.)

Google Cartoon: B.C. by Johnny Hart

Here’s a new Google cartoon. [At Kraneland, via Nathan.]


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