GOOGLE ADDS SATELLITE IMAGES TO MAPS

Google Maps has quietly been updated to include satellite images. It’s pretty extraordinary – click on the word “satellite” to switch from traditional maps to satellite photos for a particular place or for a display from one location to another. Here’s an article about the new feature.

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GOOGLE MAPS

Google just rolled out Google Maps (on the bruceb favorites page under Travel / Maps). It’s a huge step forward from current online favorites like MapQuest.

FOLLOWUP: Wow, those are some gorgeous maps! You’ll be completely astonished when you click and drag on the map and discover that it scrolls freely. […] continued

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PICASA PHOTO ORGANIZING SOFTWARE

Google seems genuinely committed to making the world a better place. (Example: A client just mentioned this news story from last week – Google’s AdWords division, responsible for the contextual ads that appear alongside search results, insists that advertisers use standard English grammar and correct punctuation.)

A few days ago Google released version 2.0 […] continued

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GOOGLE DESKTOP

The Google Desktop is a free program that indexes and searches your Outlook folders and the documents on your computer.

This will have more of an impact on your world than you suspect.

From an icon down by the clock, you can instantly search every incoming and outgoing e-mail message, all of your documents, instant messenger chats, and the contents of every web page you view. […] continued

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NEW SEARCH ENGINE – “CLUSTY”

Google is one of the world’s best-known brands; it also supplies the technology powering searches done from scores of other web sites. As you might imagine, lots of web sites want to be the next Google.

This week’s buzz is about Clusty, which takes search results and sorts them into “clusters” of related sites. […] continued

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GOOGLE ZEITGEIST

While I was looking at toolbars, I stumbled on Google Zeitgeist, an interesting place to look around for a few minutes. It’s on the Google Toolbar – click on the Google logo on the left, then click on Google Links / Zeitgeist.

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MSN vs. GOOGLE

Microsoft is rolling out services to challenge Google. I’m underwhelmed by every single bit of it so far.

Yesterday’s presentation, described in this article, summarizes some of the initiatives. MSN is going to sponsor a toolbar – presumably integrated into Outlook and Internet Explorer – that will allow lightning-fast searches through Outlook folders, local and network files, and the Internet. […] continued

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GOOGLE GMAIL OPENS TO BLOGGER USERS

If you use Blogger (as I do for this news page), you’re invited to test Google’s new Gmail service. Visit blogger.com for details.

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GOOGLE E-MAIL

Google has begun testing a free webmail service named GMail. Here’s a press release from Google about the new service. Google intends to offer each user essentially unlimited storage of e-mail – 1 gigabyte per user, miles ahead of the paltry 2Mb or 4Mb offered by Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. […] continued

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MICROSOFT VS. GOOGLE

Microsoft has begun testing a news service to aggregate headlines from a variety of publications. The new service, MSN Newsbot, is currently targeted at the UK and three European countries during beta testing.

The new service competes with Google News. It’s the first salvo in a bigger war. Microsoft is investing heavily in search technology. […] continued

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GOOGLE TRICKS

You know how valuable Google is for web searches, but take a look at this page for other equally valuable Google services – among others, a price comparison service, an index of online shopping catalogs, indices of Usenet discussion forums, and a Yahoo-style Web directory. My favorite is Google News – headlines from hundreds of news services. […] continued

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WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Bored? Go to the Google home page, type in “weapons of mass destruction” and click on “I’m Feeling Lucky.”

(The page you’ll see has risen to be the number one search result on Google for that phrase, which is why it comes up when you click on “I’m Feeling Lucky.” If you get something boring instead of an amusing joke, click here to go to the humorous page I intended.) […] continued

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GOOGLE TOOLBAR 2.0

The Google toolbar is one of the only utilities I allow on my computers. It’s so handy that I’m willing to let it take up a bit of valuable screen real estate.

Google will be announcing a new version of the toolbar, with one extraordinary feature: a built-in free popup blocker. […] continued

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MICROSOFT TAKES ON GOOGLE

Microsoft is taking the first steps towards its own search engine, currently using the name MSNBot. It will appear first as a competitor to Google, but Microsoft’s vision actually goes far beyond that – and in typical Microsoft fashion, they stand a chance of dethroning Google by extending its capabilities in new directions, making their copycat tool into a dominating force. […] continued

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PHONE BOOK SEARCHES ON GOOGLE

Google has added a new service that will make you go, hmm.

Do a Google search for your home phone number. Type in the number like this: 707-xxx-xxxx.

If the number is listed in the phone book, you’ll instantly get back your name, your address, and links to maps that will helpfully display exactly where your house is. […] continued

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