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Friday, December 23, 2005

Snowman on Google Personalized Homepage

Some of us saw the image of a snowman on the Google Personalized Homepage at It seems to have melted by now... [Thanks Brinke, BrianS.]

Looks Like the NYT was Wrong on Graphic Ads

The New York Times’ Saul Hansell on December 20 writes: “AOL Coaxes Google to Try Busier Ads (...) Users of Google’s search engine will soon see something they are not used to on the notoriously spare site: advertising with logos and graphics.”

On December 22, Marissa Mayer in the official Google Blog writes: “The recent announcement of the AOL partnership has been the source of a lot of rumors and misconceptions (...) There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages.”

NYT Google Maps Mashup

The New York Times is spicing up coverage of the New York strikes with a Google map. [Via Steve Rubel and the redesigned Micro Persuasion.]

SketchFighter 4000

This Mac OS X arcade game is made to look just like it would be sketched on paper by a creative and bored kid. From the site:

“Remember those super-cool space ships you doodled on graph paper, waging massive intergalactic battles in History class with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance? Well they have sprung to life in SketchFighter 4000 Alpha! Bringing together line artwork created with One Pen together with a killer resolution independent OpenGL graphics engine may seem like an odd juxtaposition... that is until you give SketchFighter 4000 Alpha a whirl!”

[Via Digg.]


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