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Friday, February 25, 2011

Google drops reverse phone number lookup

One of the earliest specialist services provided by Google was reverse phone number lookup. If you used the "phonebook:" or "rphonebook:" operators together with a 10-digit US phone number, Google would show you the owner of that phone number, unless ... (more...)

Google drops reverse phone number lookup  | By Roger Browne | Comments

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Google's Newest Q&A Service: "baraza"

Google's newest Question and Answer service is Google baraza beta, launched on 25 October 2010. Baraza is offered in English and French, although Google's links to the French questions aren't working for me. Baraza operates on a Points basis. ... (more...)

Google's Newest Q&A Service: "baraza"  | By Roger Browne | Comments

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Google Images Design

Google has revamped its image search. Instead of showing image information right below individual images in the results overview, you'll now get just the image thumbnail. Hover over it, and the thumbnail will grow a bit in size and show its infor ... (more...)

New Google Images Design  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Google.cn Homepage Now Redirects on Click (Instead of Auto-Redirecting)

When you now go to the google.cn homepage, you'll see a static image of a Google homepage instead of the real thing* (a Chinese explanation on the page translates to something along the lines of "We have moved to google.com.hk... Please add our s ... (more...)

Google.cn Homepage Now Redirects on Click (Instead of Auto-Redirecting)  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Google Icon Game for Pac-Man's Birthday

The special Google homepage doodle for today is both logo and game... namely, the classic Pac-Man with a level that contains the Google letters. The game is JavaScript, not Flash-based, by the way. Clicking on the logo didn't take me to a search ... (more...)

A Google Icon Game for Pac-Man's Birthday  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Friday, May 21, 2010

Google TV

Google plans to introduce a box accompanying the TV which tries to make the TV "smarter" by letting you search for content... and browse the web, and view photo albums and more, as Google's video introduction shows. It's called Google TV, and as ... (more...)

Google TV  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Google Reveals Some Government Requests Data

Google is starting to do a very good job at making their government involvements, like legal requests to have information removed, more transparent. A new site titled "Government requests" shows a world map along with information for many countri ... (more...)

Google Reveals Some Government Requests Data  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Site Speed Influencing Google Ranking

Google announced that a website's speed is now one of the many signal's used to determine that site's ranking in Google results. Google in their blog post suggests a couple of tools with which you can test your site speed -- which they define as "how ... (more...)

Site Speed Influencing Google Ranking  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Australian Censorship: Google Vs. The Communications Minister

In a radio interview on 29 March, Australia's communications minister Stephen Conroy had some strong things to say about Google: "Notwithstanding their alleged 'do no evil' policy, they recently created something called Buzz and there was a re ... (more...)

Australian Censorship: Google Vs. The Communications Minister  | By Roger Browne | Comments

Monday, March 22, 2010

Google.cn Now Redirects to Hong Kong, and Google Creates Service Availability Page

In a dramatic move, Google today started redirecting traffic from google.com.cn to google.com.hk, from which it serves uncensored search results in simplified Chinese for users in mainland China. This leaves Google's services vulnerable to being b ... (more...)

Google.cn Now Redirects to Hong Kong, and Google Creates Service Availability Page  | By Roger Browne | Comments

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Facebook Overtakes Google Search

Hitwise, a web analysis business, said on its Analyst Weblog that Facebook was the most visited site last week, overtaking Google Search for the first time. Hitwise suggests that Google Search accounted for 7.03% of US Internet visits last week, c ... (more...)

Facebook Overtakes Google Search  | By Roger Browne | Comments

Monday, March 8, 2010

Variable Speed for YouTube Videos

If you've opted in to YouTube's HTML5 experiment, the videos will play in your own browser's player, instead of in an Adobe Flash player. This was discussed in the Forum a few weeks ago. YouTube can serve HTML5 videos if you have an HTML5-capable ... (more...)

Variable Speed for YouTube Videos  | By Roger Browne | Comments

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Knol: The State of Play

Knol is a Google service that allows anyone to publish an article about almost anything. When Google's VP of Engineering, Udi Manber, announced Knol in December 2007 it was widely regarded as a "Wikipedia killer". If Knol's users could replica ... (more...)

Knol: The State of Play  | By Roger Browne | Comments

Friday, February 12, 2010

New: Google Maps Labs

When Google wants to test new features, they call them Lab experiments, and make them opt-in. Now, following many other services, Google Maps received a Lab icon. Click the green flask at the top of Google Maps and you get a chance to enable feat ... (more...)

New: Google Maps Labs  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google Buzz Released (Think Friendfeed In Gmail)

Recently we mentioned here how the word "buzz" turns out to be a reserved label in Gmail. Now, Gmail is rolling out a service by that name -- Buzz -- announced by Google some hours ago via video, blog post and help page. Buzz is meant to let you ... (more...)

Google Buzz Released (Think Friendfeed In Gmail)  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Sunday, January 10, 2010

German Spiegel on Google Goggles' Face Recognition and More

German Spiegel ("mirror") has a relatively good cover story about Google out for tomorrow's issue, perhaps more balanced than some of the magazine's online articles. There's a broad overview of Google's recent and older products and what privacy ... (more...)

German Spiegel on Google Goggles' Face Recognition and More  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Google Award to Honor Freedom of Expression

Google with partnering organizations has set up an award called Breaking Borders to recognize "outstanding webprojects by individuals or groups who have shown courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the internet to promote freedom of express ... (more...)

Google Award to Honor Freedom of Expression  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Friday, December 18, 2009

Google Guru?

Chris writes in to say he's spotted a new service on his Google account services page: "Google Guru", which points towards guru.google.com/guru/ ... which is non-existent at the moment. The account page reads, "Guru ... Ask questions and get answ ... (more...)

Google Guru?  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Google Phone Called Nexus One?

According to several sources, Google has given a new Google phone to its employees. It's apparently called Nexus One, Android 2.1-based, looks like this and this, has a touch screen, and is built by Taiwan's HTC but with no HTC branding and full ... (more...)

A Google Phone Called Nexus One?  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Google's "Living Stories" News Experiment

Google has partnered with the New York Times and the Washington Post news organizations to create an experimental type of news page they call "living story". In a blog post announcing this move, Google says that Living Stories try a non-tradition ... (more...)

Google's "Living Stories" News Experiment  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Google Chrome for Linux & Mac, Chrome Extensions (and a Promo Site With Privacy Hole)

Chrome for Linux and Mac The Google Chrome browser is now also available for Mac (see screenshot above) and Linux. Google in an email some of you received said that there were "73,804 lines of Mac-specific code written". If you run Mac or Linu ... (more...)

Google Chrome for Linux & Mac, Chrome Extensions (and a Promo Site With Privacy Hole)  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Google Goggles: Take Photos of Things Around You to Search for Them

Google launched Goggles, an Android phones application which lets you snap a photo somewhere, to then get more information about the contents of the photo. ("Reverse image search" engines like TinEye.com turn out to be very useful at certain time ... (more...)

Google Goggles: Take Photos of Things Around You to Search for Them  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Google Real-Time Search Results

Google has released real-time results integrated into their main web search results. Now, when you enter a query like obama, google and many others, somewhere in the page you might be seeing a dynamically self-updating, scrollable section of bits ... (more...)

Google Real-Time Search Results  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Friday, November 20, 2009

Google to Test New, More Colorful (and Permanent) Sidebar

Google is rolling out a design prototype to some users which will have a permanent new pane to the left hand side. Within that pane, as the screenshot by Search Engine Land (with more coverage) shows, there will be sections such as "Everything", ... (more...)

Google to Test New, More Colorful (and Permanent) Sidebar  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Go, a Programming Language by Google

Google has released a new programming language called Go. Google wants to offer a couple of benefits from their language: fast compilation, easy analyzing of dependencies, static types that nevertheless feel more lightweight compared to some othe ... (more...)

Go, a Programming Language by Google  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dan Siroker: CarrotSticks, Google Chrome, and Obama

Dan Siroker is the founder of kid's learning games site CarrotSticks.com. Before that, he was involved with the Obama campaign transition as deputy new media director; prior to that, Dan was a product manager for Google Chrome. This email inte ... (more...)

Dan Siroker: CarrotSticks, Google Chrome, and Obama  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Google Social Search Live

Google now lets you opt in to the Social Search feature they recently announced. Google explains, "If there's relevant web content written by people in your social circle, it will automatically show up at the bottom of your search results under a ... (more...)

Google Social Search Live  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New: Google Sidewiki

Google Sidewiki is an app you can install for Firefox and Internet Explorer as part of the Google Toolbar. It lets you discuss any webpage out there with others -- by adding messages in a side bar displayed on a given page. If you're not a toolbar fa ... (more...)

New: Google Sidewiki  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Google Chrome Frame: A Canvas (and More) Plugin for Internet Explorer

Oh sweet: Google released a plug-in for Internet Explorer which brings Canvas and a couple of other things (like Chrome's fast JavaScript engine) to Internet Explorer. It's named Google Chrome Frame, and the "couple of other things" could act lik ... (more...)

Google Chrome Frame: A Canvas (and More) Plugin for Internet Explorer  | By Philipp Lenssen | Comments

Friday, September 18, 2009

When Google Gets Musical

Here in China I'm amazed by the Google Music site... I can search for all kinds of bands and musicians and get their albums, with songs fully playable in an easy interface (songs playable in China only, that is!). The scope of featured artists doesn' ... (more...)

When Google Gets Musical  | By Michael Liang Zhang | Comments

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