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  • 2010-Sep-26: Oracle is suing Google over Java patents that are being used in Android. Of course this is all baseless. [9391] [1]
  • 2010-Jun-26: Google Voice has now been opened up to anyone in America, and for some strange reason the Peoples' Free Republic of Tar, Oil And Gas (aka Alberta, area code 403) has some access to it at this point in time. Perhaps because three Nexus One phones have been sold to Albertans. [9256]
  • 2010-Jun-25: In the age of the GUI Google is now offering a command line interface (Google CL) for Linux users. This will also work on Windows installations (for those that have Python installed) and here are some useful examples of what you can do with this. [9215]
  • 2010-Jun-22: Google may be going to set up a music store in the later part of 2010. What's the bet that if this happens they will also be addressing the video market with a tie-in to their Google TV system... [9222]
  • 2010-Jun-20: The world is full of unsecured security cameras, perhaps your neighbor is watching you? And perhaps Google's facilitation of this constitutes another embarrassing privacy breach in the same vein as ,a href="http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/06/18/1720244/Google-Street-View-Wi-Fi-Data-Includes-Passwords-Email-Content?art_pos=20">drive-by packet sniffing? [9206] [1]
  • 2010-Jun-20: The Logitech Revue is going to be the first Google TV box. [9213]
  • 2010-Jun-11: Google will be helping the patent office make data available to the public. [9193] [1]
  • 2010-Mar-26: Google has been researching web site based malware distribution techniques. They are finding that 1.3% of Google searches return at least one link to a malware site and that most of these are hosted in China. Web adverts are now being used to deliver malware. [5107] [1]
  • 2010-Jan-12: The joy (and pain) of developing applications for Google's Android, discussed here on Slashdot. [8912]
  • 2009-Dec-28: Looks like Google may be going to sell some netbooks that run Chrome OS directly. [8875] [1]
  • 2009-Dec-20: Now some library associations are complaining about Google's digitizing books. I guess they don't want people to be able to find all the books the libraries have been hiding all these years. [8855]
  • 2009-Dec-20: An article that tries to make sense of Google's new cell phone strategy, the thesis is that Google wants the smart phone landscape to do lots of browsing (and hence, add viewing) and for that cell phones with cheap data-only plans are the grail. [8854]
  • 2009-Dec-16: Google has opened their own URL shortening service (goo.gl). Of course we wouldn't need these if email programs like Outlook didn't insist on breaking long URLs. [8853]
  • 2009-Dec-02: Google may be getting ready to break into the mobile phone market - but if they would only do something about crazy international roaming rates for voice and data! [8812]
  • 2009-Dec-01: It is now possible to run Chrome OS in a virtual machine to have a play with it. Discussed here on Slashdot too. A version of this that boots and runs from a USB key has been prepared and appears to be well-received. A reduced size version that will fit on a 1GB USB key. [8773]
  • 2009-Nov-22: Google is suggesting that the Chrome OS and Android projects might converge in the future. [8783]
  • 2009-Nov-20: One of the reasons that the wireless carriers might be attracted to Google's Android (apart from getting to sell more data plans) is that Google may be splitting some search revenue with them. [8775]
  • 2009-Nov-20: Google has offered a revised book settlement proposal. [8762]
  • 2009-Nov-06: Google's Dashboard summarizes what they know about you. [8718]
  • 2009-Nov-04: Google Visualizations from A to Z discusses the Google Chart (graphing) API. [8697]
  • 2009-Oct-23: The Google Translator gadget can be added to your website to provide on-demand translation. [8660]
  • 2009-Oct-23: pygooglechart (project homepage is here) is Python module that encapsulates the Google Chart API. Some more detailed discussion of this is here. GChartWrapper is another Python wrapper for the Google Chart API. [4409] [1] [2]
  • 2009-Oct-21: Will Google be launching a music service too? [8635]
  • 2009-Oct-20: The year 2010 will bring us the Google Editions ebook store. [8631]
  • 2009-Sep-29: How to fetch data from the Google Contact API with Python. [8580]
  • 2009-Sep-28: Google's SideWiki allows any user to mark up the web. [8573]
  • 2009-Sep-23: Google has opened up access to a about a million public domain books in both PDF and EPUB formats. Their main site is books.google.com. Google is offering its scanned books to rival stores. It will also be teaming up with On Demand Books to print single copies as needed. Microsoft is calling the Google Books deal an illegal joint venture. It looks like the DoJ is not going to allow the settlement to pass without some changes being made. [8431]
  • 2009-Sep-22: Google is looking at providing a micro payments system. What they really need to do is to support payments of less than a cent. Journalism Lab takes a look at the micropayments issue. [8514]
  • 2009-Sep-21: A project at Google called the Data Liberation Front is working to make sure you can move your data out of various Google services. [8539]
  • 2009-Sep-19: Google has bought reCAPTCHA to enhance its book scanning program. [8531]
  • 2009-Sep-13: Google is developing some new mirrors aimed at reducing the cost of building solar power stations. [8516] [1]
  • 2009-Sep-04: When with the USPTO silliness end? Now Google has been granted a patent on it's home page design. I guess we won't be able to link to Google's home page soon... [8471] [1]
  • 2009-Aug-24: Google has implemented an extension for Internet Explorer that adds SVG display capability. [8415]
  • 2009-Aug-24: Google's deal with the Authors Guild over out of print books is getting further scrutiny. This is now official. Buy Aug'09 various parties were having second thoughts about the Google Books Settlement, Slashdot discusses it. [8127]
  • 2009-Jul-24: gdata is a Python module for using the Google API (also available here). [1630] [1]
  • 2009-Jul-10: Google is planning to enter the netbook or webpad markets with its new Chrome OS operating system, it has some industry partners lined up. Engadget's Switched On column tries to make sense of this. [8249]
  • 2009-Jun-25: Goodbye California! Looks like Google is helping to split the state from the rest of the US with a deep drilling project. [8190]
  • 2009-Jun-08: Some more insights on Google's page ranking algorithm and the human input to it. [8097]
  • 2009-Jun-04: Google's Wave might be the best thing since sliced bread, or it might just be an easier way to make burnt toast. [8070]
  • 2009-Jun-02: Google is planning to get into the e-Book market, discussed here on Slashdot and here on Engadget. [8062]
  • 2009-May-15: Snapter is an image processing package that provides some automatic de-warping, straightening and cropping functions to support digitizing of books by taking photographs of their pages. Google has recently patented a similar idea. [7984] [1]
  • 2009-May-11: By releasing an open source competitor to BigTable, is Microsoft taking a pre-emptive swipe at Google? [7964]
  • 2009-May-06: Google wants to save the world, though they need your ideas to do it. Apparently Google received about 150,000 entries and is now taking longer than expected to award the winners. [6930]
  • 2009-Apr-03: Google's street view causes a stir in an English village, pitchforks get waved. [7825]
  • 2009-Mar-06: Google may now have an inside track on the job of bringing the US government to the web. [7693]
  • 2009-Feb-10: Could Google's new Latitude (here on Google) bring big brother to the masses? [7552] [1]
  • 2009-Jan-31: Google's GDrive has peeked out of the closet, this will be an online storage system that provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents. [7514]
  • 2009-Jan-29: OpenGSE is a public version of the Google Servlet Engine that Google uses for things like GMail and Google Calendar. [7502] [1]
  • 2009-Jan-28: Google's API Playground allows developers to experiment with Google's various AJAX APIs. [7497]
  • 2009-Jan-21: Why Google Employees Quit makes it sound like many was just cast adrift - despite the long Google Interview Process. [7466]
  • 2008-Dec-25: The Android Cupcake can be run on the Nokia internet tablet devices like the N810. [7393]
  • 2008-Oct-29: Gmail Drive Config can be used to mount multiple Gmail accounts as a network disk drive. [7120]
  • 2008-Oct-28: Google has settled with the Authors Guild over a copyright lawsuit relating to Google's scanning of library books. This sounds like it might lead to some changes in the way old (and especially out of print books) are made available. [7105] [1]
  • 2008-Sep-28: Is Google Maps actually blurring out any sensitive locations? I think there must be something super secret happening under cover of the Nakiska Ski Resort. [6935]
  • 2008-Sep-25: Google's new Android SDK made its first appearance 12-Nov-2007, Engadget discusses it here and Slashdot covers it here. In Sept'08 the Android v1.0 SDK was released. [4073]
  • 2008-Sep-16: Android is getting closer to reality, in Sept'08 Google did a live demo of a real phone running Android. Video of it can be found here. [6863]
  • 2008-Sep-15: Google has announced some changes to it search data retention policy, these changes may not actually be very meaningful. Further discussion on Slashdot. [6855]
  • 2008-Sep-11: On 8-Sept-2008 Google's automatic news crawler dredged up an old article about United Airlines going bankrupt, this caused UAL's stock (UAUA) to drop from $12 to $3 and then rebound later to $10. Presumably these swings were in part caused by automatic trading systems. [6830] [1]
  • 2008-Sep-06: Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Google takes to the high seas, all in the name of cheap cooling and access to wave or wind power. [6810]
  • 2008-Sep-05: Google has at last released its own web browser called Chrome. So far this does not appear to be a good product, its massively bloated and encumbered with a user-hostile EULA. A couple of days later Google fixed their terms of service to remove the clause about them owning your first-born. [6787]
  • 2008-Sep-03: Google is getting serious about satellite maps, the new satellite GeoEye-1 will provide Google more imagery. [6786]
  • 2008-Aug-29: In late Aug'08 more news about the Android phones started to appear, the Android Market application store and the winners of the Android Developer Challenge. [6763]
  • 2008-Aug-19: Google had an outage that affected Gmail and Google Apps in Aug'08. More coverage here. [6693]
  • 2008-Aug-12: Someone asks Slashdot: Google has all my data - How do I back it up?. As virtual cloud services become more common this will become a greater concern, keep your eyes open for ways to export your data and limitations on their use. Of course, since you have no control over the applications you are using there is also the possibility that an export feature may disappear one day without your noticing it... Vendor lock-in at its finest. There is also the risk that your cloud service may disappear completely as happened to the Linkup on 8-Aug-2008. [6654]
  • 2008-Jul-26: Google is now indexing 1 Trillion URLs, a factor of a thousand increase over just 8 years ago, so their view of the web is a little more than doubling every year. [6585]
  • 2008-Jul-23: Slashdot asks is anyone using the Google Web Toolkit? The GWT has been available for about a year and a half now and it does not seem to have been used by many sites outside of Google. [6563]
  • 2008-Jul-15: Google's Protocol Buffers are intended to provide an object serialization system without the overhead of XML. Some comments on them here. [6494] [1]
  • 2008-Jun-26: Google Map Maker, discussed here, a collaborative tool to allow the blank spaces of the world to be mapped. [6432]
  • 2008-Jun-13: pyGAPI is an API to Google Analytics to handle authentication and automatic download and parsing of any Google Analytics data and reports. [6324] [1]
  • 2008-Jun-12: pyGTrends a package for authenticating and pulling data from Google Trends. [6323] [1]
  • 2008-Jun-06: Some speculation about the possible benefits and problems that may arise from services like Google Health, with more follow up discussion on Slashdot. [6296]
  • 2008-Jun-03: Google is starting to report stock prices in real-time, starting with the NASDAQ. [6270] [1]
  • 2008-Jun-01: To scale, you must fail. That's nearly how Google does it with their data centers and server designs. For massive installations you need to design with the expectation that anything will be failing at anytime and the software must encompass this. [6262]
  • 2008-May-28: Google is going to host commonly used AJAX libraries. [6252] [1]
  • 2008-May-24: Some discussion of Google's search algorithms, including mention of language and time models. [6217]
  • 2008-May-23: Slashdot discusses Google Health privacy concerns. There are also a number of links here that discuss past security issues Google has had. [6214] [1]
  • 2008-May-20: Not to be left in the waiting room, Google has also declared that it will offer online personal health records like Microsoft. In late Feb'08 Google started testing this system. On 19-May-2008 Google's Health Beta program was opened to the public. [3461] [1]
  • 2008-May-13: A look at Google Gears. [6148]
  • 2008-May-10: Google, Sprint, Intel, Comcast, Clearwire and Time Warner have formed a consortium to compete against Verizon and AT&T in the wireless internet market. [6087]
  • 2008-May-09: Google is starting to fight to make sure Verizon does not violate the open-access stipulation on the 700MHz band. Verizon says they are going to be good. [6053] [1]
  • 2008-Apr-29: Google is developing an image content searching system. [5994]
  • 2008-Apr-26: How to use PIL and Python to render black and white graphics with the Google Chart API. A rather cute hack, but I'm sure it will find some uses. [5979] [1]
  • 2008-Apr-25: Some companies are starting to think that Google's Android may be a market changing force that could dramatically change the stale cellular phone market (especially in North America). [5969]
  • 2008-Apr-21: Google is investing in genetic indexing. [5938]
  • 2008-Apr-03: GoogleTransitDataFeed, a project for working with the public transit data that Google is collecting. Here is a Python module for reading, writing and validating Google Transit Feed Specification files. [2149]
  • 2008-Apr-02: Google will be addign offline access to Google Apps, discussed here on Slashdot. [5377]
  • 2008-Apr-01: Google's Android could be appearing on the W.E. Phone from Koolu. [5371]
  • 2008-Mar-20: The Google Visualization API has a lot of different chart and table types. [5314]
  • 2008-Mar-16: Google's new Google Sky (discussed here on Slashdot) is a pretty neat extension of the Google Maps concept to the astronomical sky view problem. [5289] [1]
  • 2008-Mar-14: A look at some of the tools (and processes) that Google uses internally. [5271] [1]
  • 2008-Mar-11: Nanaimo, the Google Capital of the World talk about your connected community! [5250]
  • 2008-Mar-10: How to stop Google Indexing Your Site a look at some simple errors that could prevent Google's bots from indexing your site. [5248]
  • 2008-Feb-28: Google has finally done something with the JotSpot system they bought at the end of 2006, their new system is called Google Sites and it is discussed here and here on Slashdot. [5185]
  • 2008-Feb-26: Google is going to own part of a new fibre optic cable that will link the US and Japan. [5162]
  • 2008-Feb-18: Google's power consumption is large enough that placement of their data centers near cheap sources of power is a significant concern. [5113]
  • 2008-Feb-14: Texas Instruments will be shipping an Android development platform this spring. Talk about the ultimate geek cell phone (though not exactly pocket sized)! [5096]
  • 2008-Jan-30: A short article on Google Sitemaps and the Google Webmaster Tools. [5018] [1]
  • 2008-Jan-20: Google is going to help science by offering free database storage. [4966]
  • 2008-Jan-11: The Google Sightseeing website (not affiliated with Google) identifies and explains a lot of fascinating images that can be seen through Google Earth's eyes. [4649]
  • 2008-Jan-10: Google's Android platform has been hacked to run on some real hardward, typically a number of Sharp devices. [4635] [1]
  • 2008-Jan-09: Google and Facebook have joined DataPortability.org, an association formed to promote the idea that the users of online services should be free to (and provided with tools to) move their data from one online service to another. I guess we'll be seeing another Google API to address this any day now. I would think this issue is pretty significant for online photography sites, not for the photographs (as users are just uploading copies) but for the auxiliary data that is added to the photographs once they are placed online (things like descriptions, titles, comments, rotation, cropping, even just the order of photographs within slide shows). I suspect that for many users the task of recreation of this extra data is preventing them from switching sites. [4619]
  • 2007-Dec-25: Google messes up on user privacy with changes to their feed reader software. [4518]
  • 2007-Dec-21: Nanosolar (partially backed by Google) is beginning production of cost reduced solar panels (discussed here on Slashdot) that are made by "printing on to aluminum plate", they claim that these will sell for less that $1/W. If true, this changes the economics of the entire solar (and even other alternate power sources) industry by making raw solar power less expensive than grid electricity at $0.12/kWh. Consider the following calculation:

    You take $1000 and use it to purchase a panel capable of 1000W. You take out a loan at 10% to do this, so you are paying $100/yr in interest.

    You live in an area where you can get 6hr/day of good light over 200 days of the day, so your 1kW panel produces 6*200*1 = 1200kWh in each year.

    The cost of this (to you, is $100) so the cost of this electricity is $100/1200 = $0.083/kWh, which is competitive with grid electricity.

    Granted I've oversimplified things a bit (no installation cost, no DC to AC converter and grid adapter) but I'm also quoting a higher interest rate than you would be paying and I'm pretty conservative on the sunlight hours per year, and in a lot of areas you can get a credit from your utility company for the energy that you push back into their grid - and this credit can be at a much higher than normal grid rate. As well, there can be some tax savings for doing this.

    The important point is that before Nanosolar came along the cost per watt was at least $5 for solar power - so the drop to $1/W is an industry-changing event and suddenly makes solar attractive to a whole new market place. [4464] [1]

  • 2007-Dec-02: Google's Pages software may be replaced by JotSpot based software in 2008 - allowing users to set up business sites with intranet, project management tracking, multi-user collaboration and extranet functions. [4381]
  • 2007-Nov-30: Google will be bidding on the new 700MHz spectrum in Jan'08. [4212]
  • 2007-Nov-28: Google has announced a project to develop a renewable energy system that is cheaper than coal. An excellent idea, and if they just stick to looking at improving the manufacturing costs of some of the recent solar or wind technologies, its an idea that should be readily achievable. [4202]
  • 2007-Nov-27: It is now starting to look like Google may introduce a gDisk Service. [4197]
  • 2007-Nov-20: A discussion of using Google as an MD5 cracker tool (discussed here on Slashdot), entering an MD5 hash code and finding a word that it is the hash for. There is some interesting discussion of salting and other approaches to hash reversal, including sites that specialize in just this problem. [4181] [1]
  • 2007-Nov-19: Google is about to introduce its own social networking API to take on Facebook. This appears to be a unified API (called OpenSocial) to allow working with a variety of social networking sites, discussion here on Slashdot. Farmdev looks at how to get started writing social applications using OpenSocial [3903]
  • 2007-Nov-16: Google is getting serious about acquiring access to some of the 700MHz spectrum. [4161] [1]
  • 2007-Nov-09: The Google Phone is for real, it will be Linux based with a layer of Java, target date is Spring'08. It sounds like it will be open for developers to produce new applications (which makes sense as a lot of what Google has been doing includes providing public use APIs). Wake up iPhone, time to open up or die. Slashdot discusses the Google Open Source Mobile Platform. Engadget has a lot of coverage of this: live coverage" of the announcement, Google and HTC's dream phone, a letter to Palm, and Palm's vague response, how Symbian, Nokia, Microsoft and Apple don't want to play, and a quick summary of all this. Microsoft's Ballmer calls Android a mere press release, guess Microsoft might be a bit concerned about the impact of this on Windows Mobile licensing. Dvorak says the gPhone is doomed - so it must be a good thing! [4019]
  • 2007-Nov-07: Nokia may be participating in the Google Open Handset Alliance after all. [4040]
  • 2007-Nov-06: Python-gdata, a Python wrapper for Google's GData API for Youtube. [4033] [1]
  • 2007-Nov-05: Google has an interesting hiring technique, hire brilliant kids without any experience and then train them. [4020]
  • 2007-Nov-04: Google is promising to reveal its mobile phone plans in the next two weeks (so by mid Nov'07). Slashdot discusses Andy Rubin, the man behind the Google Phone. [3766]
  • 2007-Nov-04: Cringely calls Google the next Microsoft. This is discussed here on Slashdot with references to some other similar stories. [3925]
  • 2007-Nov-01: Google's Presto is a PowerPoint like tool. Seems somewhat limited though. [3907]
  • 2007-Oct-24: Google has bought Jaiku, a micro-blog service. [3505]
  • 2007-Oct-24: Google is starting to make IMAP available to GMail accounts. [3504]
  • 2007-Oct-22: The Internet Archive has created a new project: the Open Content Alliance which will be scanning old books and making them freely available to the public, which is not what Google is doing with its scanning efforts. [3502]
  • 2007-Oct-21: Google has launched its own Facebook application. [3481]
  • 2007-Oct-17: More rumors of a GPhone, this time with HTC being the phone manufacturer. [3459]
  • 2007-Oct-09: Is Google trademarking Google PC? If so, why? [3048]
  • 2007-Sep-30: When you tell Firefox to check for phishing sites it sends the URLs to Google to test. [2400]
  • 2007-Sep-26: A security hole has been discovered that affects GMail, Picassa and some localized Google search engines. [2251]
  • 2007-Sep-22: Is Google planning an undersea cable for the Pacific? [2240]
  • 2007-Sep-21: What would happen to the world if Google was evil? [2232]
  • 2007-Sep-19: False ad clicks are claimed to cost Google $1G per year. [2224]
  • 2007-Sep-17: Google's head of research says they don't do hardware. [2140]
  • 2007-Sep-02: Google Earth now includes a flight simulator as an Easter Egg. [1627]
  • 2007-Aug-29: A Slashdot book review of: GWT in Action, by Robert Hanson and Adam Tacy, ISBN: 1933988231. GWT is the Google Web Toolkit which is AJAX based. [834] [1]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is going to enter the online storage business, but at $250/year for 100GB that's pretty pricey, one could afford to buy a new 100GB 2.5in laptop drive every 6 months at that rate.  And right now one can get about 24GB of flash storage for $250. [653]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Not everything Google does is a success, Google is going to close their video store [652]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is going to provide more support for Google Maps mashup applications [651]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is investing in electric car development [650]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The Google Books project now has 12 universities agreeing to allow Google to scan portions of their libraries. [649]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Some discussion of the Google ranking algorithm [648]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google Gears, technology to allow web applications to still work when the web is not available [647]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google Maps adds street views and Mapplets, discussed here on Slashdot [646]
  • 2007-Aug-29: NASA is going to be releasing Landsat 7 data on the web, will this help or hinder Google Earth? I would think it will help as Google likes to assimilate all the data it can. [645]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google has a program that can take over the email operation of an ISP [644]
  • 2007-Aug-29: How to embed Google My Maps into your own web pages. Another My Maps embedding tool from ongopongo.com. An example of building a custom map using the KML overlay. [643]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The Mapki, a wiki with lots of information about Google Maps [642]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google's "My Maps" feature (documented by Google here) explained by mtbguru [641]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The Google employment NDA [640]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Slashdot discusses the Google search penalty box known as "Google Hell" [639]
  • 2007-Aug-29: What Google is looking for in a new hire [638]
  • 2007-Aug-29: How Google Earth images are made [637]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Mixing the Lightning calendaring extension for Thunderbird with the Google Calendar [636]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The Google mobile phone, or maybe not [635]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Thoughts on why Google wanted to purchase YouTube [634]
  • 2007-Aug-29: In Mar'07 Google acquired a statistics tool called Gapminder [633]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Using Google Earth for environmental purposes as a tool to visualize man's impact on nature [632]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Does Google index dynamic content in pages, sections of the page that are placed there through the action of JavaScript (such as with Document.write)? [631]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is starting to add photographs to searches done in Google Maps, discussed here on Slashdot. [630]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is accumulating additional data, such as Hubble images [629]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google patent search system went to public beta sometime in late 2006. [628]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The GWT - Google Web Toolkit helps out with AJAX coding [627]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The math behind Google's page rank system[626]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Mondrian, Google's web-based code-review system, put together with lots of Python [625]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google has now integrated Writely and speadsheets into it's Docs and Spreadsheets system. This is to get an API to allow these components to be used in custom applications. [624]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The Google Code Search system, and odd ways it can be used [623]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google Gadgets, dynamic applications for use on web pages [622]
  • 2007-Aug-29: An article about click fraud and how it is affecting Google, Yahoo and the internet advertizing business. [621]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google has released Tesseract as open source, this is a optical character recognition program developed at HP Labs in the late 1980's [620]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Maybe there are some risks associated with Google Calendar? [619]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is testing something called "Image Labeler", perhaps they are going to try something like Amazon's Mechanical Turk project? [618]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google's sitemaps service, an overview is here [617]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is starting to test Writely, a combination of word processing and blogging [616]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google stores your search histories forever, here's how to set up an anonymous proxy to protect your privacy. [615]
  • 2007-Aug-29: WiFi hotspot data presented via Google Earth [614]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google's SketchUp, a 3D world creation package [613]
  • 2007-Aug-29: The Google Web Toolkit gets implemented in Python [612]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google's Trends, Co-op beta and Desktop 4 are discussed on Slashdot [611]
  • 2007-Aug-29: RouteBuilder, uses GoogleMaps to allow you to enter a route (by just clicking on a series of places in the map) and it shows you to total distance from the start of the route. A nice way to plan a running route in a town (here is the DinoDash 10km road race route and the Forzani Mothers Day Run in Calgary). [610]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Mapki, a Wiki on the Google Map api. [609]
  • 2007-Aug-29: What Google might want to use GoogleBase for [608]
  • 2007-Aug-29: In Mar'06 Google started to talk about a new file storage service, discussed here on Slashdot [607]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google is going to digitize and distribute the video content of the US National Archives [606]
  • 2007-Aug-29: A very short review of Google Pages [605]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google introduces Page Creator [604]
  • 2007-Aug-29: A Slashdot review of: Beginning Google Maps Applications with PHP and Ajax, by Michael Purvis, Jeffrey Sambells and Cameron Turner, ISBN 1590597079.
  • Slashdot discusses ways of combining your photos with Google Maps [603]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Implementing the game of RISK with Google Maps, and of course, its now been shut down [602]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google's API Documentation for the Google Maps system. [601]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Google Maps Mania covers various applications of Google Maps [600]
  • 2007-Aug-29: Overlaying weather information directly onto Google maps. Another approach to placing weather information on Google Maps [599]
  • 2007-Aug-29: People are starting to figure out how to manipulate Google Maps, mygmaps.com attempts to provide you with a way of annotating a map with your own content, and Google Maps Hacking is figuring out and documenting how to do these tricks. Google Maps Standalone is also looking into these issues, and has a more detailed how to here. Here is an application that lists houses for sale and rent. Here's one that implements a form of traceroute. An O'Reilly article on Google Map Hacking with some informal Google statements on the issue. A wiki on Google mapping, and some samples. Here's a general explanation of how this works. As of July 1, 2005 Google has started to publish their maps API, its still not final, and they expect to make significant changes to it in the future months. Feeding GPS coordinates to Google Maps. How to build a Google Maps based service, this is an interactive bus route map and is described here, along with the source code. [598]



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