Google Overload: 10.09.09 Edition
Article by George Norman
On 09 Oct 2009
For the second time this week we have to give another Google Overload Edition the green light. And that is because there are several Google-related news that you need to know about. Since we did not have the time to cover all these articles independently, we’re just going to present the essential information and give you a link to the official announcement.

But I guess that by now you know you are familiar with how we do things in the Google Overload Edition. So here goes:
Google Cloudboard – It seems that Google is testing a new service that acts like a clipboard and shares data between Google Docs, Gmail and other Google services. References to the new service, which is called Google Cloudboard and is referred to as a “server-side clipboard for Google Apps”, were available in an internal feedback form here, but Google disabled it.

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Google Voice – you can call Alaska and Hawaii for free with Google Voice. You can also forward calls made to your Google Voice number to Alaskan and Hawaiian phone, free of charge obviously.

Google Flu Trends – After releasing Google Flu Trends last November, Google now announced that it expanded the service to 16 additional countries.

Google Search – Among the search results that Google presented, some were PDF files, which you could download and open in another application. Or you could click View as HTML which displayed the PDF file but lost some of the formatting. To address this formatting loss issue Google added a new link called Quick View

Google Sites – The Insert menu in Google Sites now features an option to insert a photo from your Picasa Web Album.

Google Health – the team gives an update on what’s keeping it busy.

Google Street View – 11 cities across Canada are now featured in Street Virw.

Google Mobile – A collection of tools called Search Options was launched earlier this year (click the Show Options link on a search results page an they will appear as a sidebar to the left). Google is now making these Search Options available to Android, iPhone and Palm WebOS mobile devices.

Google Chrome – The browser has been updated to version 4.0.221.6 for Windows and 4.0.221.8 for Mac and Linux on the Dev Channel. Also, Web Of Trust (WOT) has released the first WOT add-on for Google Chrome.

Google AdWords – As part of Google’s data liberation efforts, the company has confirmed the fact that advertisers are free to export data from AdWords and use it as they want to.

YouTube – It’s been three years since Google acquired YouTube. The video sharing site has come a long way and is now serving over a billion views per day. CEO and Co-founder of YouTube, Chad Hurley, talks about the future of the site.



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