GOOGLE DROPS THE BOMB

googlechrome Google announced tonight that it plans to turn its web browser, Google Chrome, into a full-fledged operating system. Its first target is netbooks, which will primarily be used for web browsing and email and which can benefit from a lean OS that starts quickly and has little superfluous content.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: DATA CENTERS

I love occasional glimpses behind the scenes. In The Wizard of Oz, I would have been Toto, pulling back the curtain to figure out what was running the big head. The New York Times gives us a fascinating look at the data centers powering the online services that drive our world – Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and more. […] continued

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GOOGLE WAVE & OLD AGE

Just a quick note about Google’s announcement of a new service named “Google Wave,” intended to mash up email, instant messaging, social networks, and real-time collaboration into a single space.

“Here’s how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web.

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FOCUSED SEARCHES

It turns out that there is room to compete with Google. Two services have turned up that look like interesting alternatives for online searches.

You know what it means to search for something in Google: put in a search term, get a list of results. Frequently the top result is the site you were looking for or has the information you need. […] continued

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GOOGLE ACCOUNT & WINDOWS LIVE ID

Google and Microsoft have each created a way for you to create an online “account” to tie their various services together. They’re confusing and a little frustrating sometimes. Let’s do a quick review.

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GOOGLE SEARCHES ON BRUCEB FAVORITES

The Google search box on the bruceb favorites page now returns exactly the same results as a search on the main Google page. You’ll get images where appropriate, plus the new options to refine your search results.

If you’re really, really sensitive to change, you’ll notice slightly more white space above and below the Google search box. […] continued

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GOOGLE SEARCH OPTIONS

Google does not change its search results pages very often. Today it added a deceptively simple new “Show options” link that gives you some very deep ways to refine your searches.

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When you click on “Show options,” you’ll get a variety of ways to generate different views of the search results. […] continued

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GOOGLE LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH

Small businesses should pay close attention to this article about a recent change in the way Google reports search results. Apparently Google recently began analyzing the IP address where a search originates and giving higher placement to local businesses, even if the search doesn’t include a particular location.

For your business, the process begins by putting information into the “Google Local Business Center.” Someone from your business has to log in with a free Google Account and put in a few details about the business. […] continued

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KAISER RECORDS IN A FLASH

Kaiser is taking an interesting step to make your medical records available to you in a flash. Let me give you some background, then tell you about yet another of the ways that the world is changing around us.

Technology is going to play a major role in the health care debate that is about to take place in the US. […] continued

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GOOGLE PROFILES

There’s no shortage of places to create an online presentation of yourself – Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Windows Live Spaces, and many more.

When you’re going to look for someone online, though, you still probably start by typing their name into Google. Today Google took a step to increase the visibility of your “Google Profile,” by making your Google profile visible at the bottom of the results that come up in a search for your name. […] continued

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GRANDCENTRAL BLOSSOMS INTO GOOGLE VOICE

After years of uncertainty, Google announced Google Voice yesterday, the expanded version of its phone service GrandCentral. As a GrandCentral subscriber, I’ll be upgraded to the new service soon; it will be open to everyone in a few weeks. I am delighted and a bit surprised – there had been no indication that anything was being done with GrandCentral, which gave all the appearance of being deceased. […] continued

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GOOGLE: THE WHOLE INTERNET IS MALWARE

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From the official Google blog today:

“This site may harm your computer” on every search result?!?!

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If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result.

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GOOGLE UPDATE

Google is going to take over the world and make all our computers unnecessary and put Microsoft out of business. Or it’s going to continue to drop just about everything it touches except the search business. It’s an interesting world!

On the “take over the world” side are the rumors of GDrive, free or cheap online file storage similar to Microsoft’s Live SkyDrive. […] continued

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WINDOWS AZURE & LIFE IN THE CLOUD

“Windows Azure” is a terrible name but you need to be aware of it anyway. Windows Azure is a breathtakingly ambitious platform outlined by Microsoft at last week’s Professional Developer Conference, another attempt by Microsoft to position itself to profit from a paradigm shift that will be just as important as the move to the Internet in the 90s. […] continued

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DELL DOCK MIMICS MACS

I set up a new Dell Inspiron 518 desktop computer today – a nice home computer, a lovely case bristling with USB ports and shiny black plastic that will attract dust like nobody’s business, fast and well-equipped, shipped with the correct configuration and working out of the box, as usual with Dell. […] continued

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