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Google Talk Announced Today – Goes Live Today

GoogleContinuing its rapid expansion into new product categories, Google has just today launched an instant messaging program called Google Talk. This comes just a few days after they introduced Google Sidebar, which pulls news stories, photographs, weather updates, stock quotes and other features onto your computer without opening a Web browser.  There had been anticipation of the new Google Talk product for a few days, as evidenced by this story in the Los Angeles Times. [sorry – that story is no longer on the LA Times website.]

Google Talk requires you to have a Gmail account, and is partially compatible with other IM clients. Currently, you need to download the free Google Talk application in order to actually talk with people across the Internet.

If any of you are using it, let us know how you like it!

Google Throws a Tantrum, CNET Apologizes

Google recently became upset at CNET for publishing info obtained by Googling Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, promising not to talk to anyone from CNET for the next year. <Story here>

ZDNet in the UK wrote today:

Acting under the mistaken impression that Google’s search engine was intended to help research public data, we have in the past enthusiastically abused the system to conduct exactly the kind of journalism that Google finds so objectionable.

Clearly, there is no place in modern reporting for this kind of unregulated, unprotected access to readily available facts, let alone in capriciously using them to illustrate areas of concern. We apologise unreservedly, and will cooperate fully in helping Google change people’s perceptions of its role just as soon as it feels capable of communicating to us how it wishes that role to be seen.

The full editorial can be found here.

New Search Options for Google

Google seems to be testing some new search features, as described in a blog by Tech Digits.

Google Gets Sued

Google is being sued over accusations that it overcharged advertisers who use their paid search advertising program, AdWords, which accounts for the vast majority of Google’s revenue. The full story is available at Reuters.

RUMOR: Google Toolbar for Firefox

Ever since The U.S. government’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) encouraged users to abandon Internet Explorer for Internet browsing because of security issues, Mozilla’s Firefox browser has been gaining market share rapidly.

Unfortunately for those of us who have switched (and really HATE to have to use Internet Explorer on those rare occasions it’s required), the Google Toolbar only works in Internet Explorer. After four years, it appears Google may be ready to release a new toolbar, this time for Firefox.

Industry rumors say the release date is this Thursday, July 7, with press announcements scheduled for tomorrow, July 6.

Stay tuned!