Google Overload: 10.02.09 Edition
Article by George Norman
On 02 Oct 2009
After several articles of this kind (click here to see the latest) I think you get the idea: the Mountain-View based search engine giant releases so much stuff that we can’t cover it all, at least not independently. And since we would hate for you to miss out on something that could be of interest to you, here are the Google-related news we did not get a chance to report.

But first, here’s what we did manage to present independently:
- A new offering in Gmail Labs called Hide read labels allows you to hide labels into the “More” menu when they do not contain any unread messages.
- Google’s search snippets have been enhanced to help you more easily reach the information you need.
- AT&T complains to the FCC over Google blocking certain calls in Google Voice.
- Microsoft says Google Chrome Frame is bad for the IE user; Mozilla joins in and points out some drawbacks of Google Chrome Frame.

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And now the news we did not get a chance to report – to keep it nice and simple, just a short description and a link to the official announcement:

Google Hot Trends – stay up-to-date with the top 100 fastest-rising search terms with this new web search feature.

Google Wave – a total of 100,000 Google Wave preview invitations have been sent out, just like Google announced back in July.

Google Chrome – the web browser has been updated to version 3.0.195.24 on the Stable channel in order to address a security vulnerability rated as high. The Beta channel has been updated to version 3.0.195.24 and it contains several bug fixes.

Google Toolbar for Firefox – now comes with Google’s advanced in-page translation.

New Search Options – a total of 9 new Search Options tools have been released: past hour, specific date range, more shopping sites, fewer shopping sites, visited pages, not yet visited, books, blogs and news.

Forums – it is now easier to find forum posts and discussions that are related to your search query.

YouTube – the Google owned video sharing site has pushed several new updates: video recommendations for users with no YouTube account, all channels will be converted to the new platform, YouTube in Portuguese.

Google Merchant Center – it’s what will replace Google Base.

Webmaster Tools – Google has made a few small changes to the website verification process.

Google Translate – a new website translator gadget powered by Google Translate has been released. It can translate a web site’s content into 51 languages.

Google Mobile Local Search – a revamped local search experience on your smartphone.

Google Mobile Personalized Suggest – sync your desktop search history with your mobile search history.

Android 1.6 NDK, release 1 – Android 1.5 NDK users need to upgrade to this latest version and enjoy the new functionality it provides.



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