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Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Retrievr, Image Comparison Search

This pattern matching search is extremely cool; you sketch something to the left side, and then you are presented with Flickr images that resemble your sketch to the right side. This would be a killer tool if it would cover more images and be a little faster (why isn’t Google doing this?). [Via Waxy.]

Being Interviewed...

I’ve been interviewed a couple of times lately. Thanks guys!

Upcoming Google Reader Features

Chris Wetherell, Google Reader Engineer, replied in the Google Reader group on January 1st:

“[W]e’re excited about 2006. There’s a lot of progress ahead for Reader – we’re extremely busy and currently making a bunch of changes but I can understand that when we work behind the scenes on scability or performance or the API that it might seem that Reader’s under less active development (...)

Things I can confirm: Search being worked on? Yes. But it’s going to have to be great so we’re spending all necessary time on its development. Bulk management of labels and subscriptions before, during, and after OPML import? Yes. And many of the UI suggestions have been heard by Google and changes are already developed (though unreleased) or are in the works so please keep the suggestions coming! We read Groups posts here and on blogs across the web.”

[Thanks Wuming Gong.]

Times Square 360°

Here’s a nice panorama of new year’s celebration in New York. [Via J-Walk.]

Google Selling PCs Soon?

The Los Angeles Times reports we might be seeing a Google PC:

“Google will unveil its own low-price personal computer or other device that connects to the Internet.

Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft’s Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap — perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars. (...)

Larry Page (...) will give a keynote address Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Analysts suspect that Page will use the opportunity either to show off a Google computing device or announce a partnership with a big retailer to sell such a machine.”

Update: Several sources now say this L.A. Times report is bogus. I’ve asked Google for a statement.

Update 2: The statement is in.

Who Runs Britain?

BBC made a poll asking “Who runs Britan?” Here are the results – I highlighted an interesting contender:

  1. Jose Manuel Barroso - 22%
  2. Rupert Murdoch - 15%
  3. Parliament - 14%
  4. The British People - 12%
  5. Gus O’Donnell - 10%
  6. Terry Leahy - 7%
  7. Tony Blair - 7%
  8. Google - 6%
  9. Gordon Brown - 4%
  10. Shami Chakrabarti - 4%

[Thanks Stephen Glynn.]

The sub-domain is live, as Stephen points out in the forum. I suppose this sub-domain is new? It currently shows the Google homepage.

Update: Nope, this sub-domain is old. Thanks for the comments.


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