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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Yahoo Pipes

Recently released Yahoo Pipes was down for a while, but I now had the chance to play around with it a bit. Basically, it’s a graphical editor to create feed mashups. So you can connect a variety of RSS sources and then remix them for a new output, which you can then also subsribe to with an RSS reader. I was disappointed that this only seems to take feeds as source... the first thing I tried was to output a Google web search result as RSS pipe, but I didn’t find any obvious way to do it. Maybe this is due to data provider usage restrictions, but this also renders the service useless for many purposes. Or can anyone tell how to do this (without accessing existing RSS converters, that is)?

Google China Homepage Adds Maps

Google China introduced a new link on the homepage for Google Maps. The map data loads from, but shows no satellite imagery at this point. Currently, includes links to web search, image search, Google News, and Google Maps.

As is the case with other services linked from the homepage, Google Maps are self-censored, e.g. searching for "法轮功" (Falun Gong) will not show any locations, but display the notice "据当地法律法规和政策,部分搜索结果未予显示" instead ("according to local laws and policies some search results are not shown").


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