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Google to axe more services after Google Buzz

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Google is certainly looking to have only great and popular services. After Buzz, the company is all set to axe several more services like Google Wave, Knol, Bookmarks list among few others. Here is the list of some of the services that Google will be shutting down in the months to come:

Google Bookmarks list – To be shut down on December 19, 2011.

Google Friend Connect – To end on March 1, 2012.

Google Gears – To be shutdown on December 1, 2011.

Google Wave – It will be turned off on April 30, 2012.

Google Knol – Google Knol will no longer be available after October 1, 2012.

Now, we have to wait and see whether Google will simply continue to enhance the existing products or if there are surprises for internet users in the months to come.

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Google on a buying spree this festive season

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Google has already acquired more than 50 companies this year. And now before this festive season, the Internet giant has acquired two startups – ‘Apture’ and ‘Katango’. The acquisitions will help Google to enhance the user experience for its browser and social networking services. Apture basically focuses on providing instant access to information with the in-page search technology that will help Google for its web browser – ‘Chrome’.

Katango builds algorithms for sorting friends that improves online social interaction, which will help Google with their social networking platform ‘Google Plus’ to organize circles in a smarter way. Google has bought more than 100 companies and many of which have been startup firms in the past few years to enhance the user experience.

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Google Buzz to shut down its services

Google Buzz to shut down its services for Google+

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Google Buzz, a social networking and micro-blogging tool from internet giant ‘Google’, which was launched in February 2010 will be out of service within few weeks. Google announced this news on October 14, 2011 as a measure to focus solely on Google+. Google BuzzEarlier this year, Google announced that it may shutdown some of the products and services which are not widely used and may merge few of its services into existing products as additional features. In June 2011, Google launched Google+, another social networking platform which received a good response from users. Because of wider acceptance, Google is planning to focus on Google plus to make it more appealing and discontinuing older service ‘Buzz’.

According to the official Google Blog, “People won’t be able to create new posts after the shut down, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.” Apart from Google Buzz, Google will also discontinue few other products, Code Search, Jaiku, iGoogle’s social features from iGoogle and some other products will be replaced by other products.

Will shutting down Buzz can help Google+ create a buzz?

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Google Plus will help Google’s Real Time Search

Google Plus may help Google’s Real Time Search

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After the differences in agreement with twitter, Google’s Realtime Search was down in July 2011. Twitter discontinued the access to its warehouse of data and without twitter stream of results and updates, the product was less useful. Google’s real time search used to gain much traffic especially during major world events, which displayed relevant data from Twitter, Facebook and other social media services in real time.

But now Google is confident to bring back this feature and is actively working to add the data from Google+ and other real time sources. Now, we have to wait and watch when Google will start its real time search after integrating the Google plus results.

Facebook surpasses eBay and Amazon

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Facebook, after surpassing Google for the most visited website in US, has now become the second largest web company with an estimated valuation of about USD 100 billion, which is greater than eBay or Amazon. Now, the Facebook is placed just after Google. Last year, Facebook surpassed ebay and now in 2011, it surpassed Amazon and continue to grow at a very fast pace. Though, Facebook is not yet public, but based on private-market transactions, Facebook has an estimated value of USD 100 billion.

Within hours of this news, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the great news. Last year, when it surpassed eBay, Mark Zuckerberg introduced an improved messaging platform to provide users an application that envelopes e-mail, instant messages, Facebook messages and SMS in a single thread. If a user is conversing over Facebook chat, and later switches over to a mobile device, the conversation stays in the same place, except it is being sent through SMS. So, this year we have to see what new is in store for the users.

Is Facebook trying to overtake Google or at least Gmail by launching the latest email service? Well, with the pace facebook is going it may take just couple of years to overtake Google and become the largest web company.

Google shows off Chrome Notebooks based on Chrome Operating System

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Recently, search-engine giant, Google shows off the prototype of its first notebook based on Chrome Operating System. Google Chrome OSChrome OS is based on the open-source Chromium OS. Chrome laptops are designed to promote web-centric computing, where users will use online applications instead of downloading software on to their computers. Google will ensure users to get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. It stores all data in the cloud, so even if you lost your notebook, you will never lose your data. Simply use another chrome OS powered laptop and access your data as before.

To provide various online apps, Google already opened a web store which sells more than 500 games, news and other software applications to simplify the consumer’s life. Google claims to have more than 120 million users who are already using its Chrome Internet browser. Google is planning to sell this awesome Chrome OS powered computers in large numbers to give a tough competition. Find below the main features of Chrome notebooks:

• Boots-up in about 10 seconds
• Instantly resumes from sleep mode
• Supports Adobe Flash
• Documents are stored safely in the cloud
• Integrated Wi-Fi and 3G network for easy web access
• Uses advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data
• Upgrades itself automatically with the latest features and fixes
• Amazing apps for almost everything

This amazing Google notebook surely will give a tough competition to Microsoft and Apple. Google has already launched Chromebook and tied up with several hardware manufacturers like Samsung and Acer among others.

Google Image Search Redesigned

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Google VP of Search Product and User Experience ‘Marissa Mayer’ told media that the site sees 1 billion page views every day and the number of Image searches are increasing day-by-day. Earlier, Google added ‘Find Similar Images’ feature which lets you search images that are visually similar to the one you selected. Another feature that is gaining popularity is ‘color search’. We have seen increase in search views but still it seems everyone is not utilizing all these features and may not be aware of these great features.

Now, Google redesigned ‘Google Images’ and claiming it to be the largest redesign since 2001. Results are now shown on the screen without text and links; it’s all images that you will see and you can get up to 1,000 images on a single page. Users will be able to see a larger thumbnail preview on the same page. This change is as per the user’s perspective and Google is loved most by Advertisers. To get more advertisers, Google has announced a new ad product that allows you to run your own image as an ad on Image Search. Obviously, users will now see sponsored images and advertisers will get new model for business and Google will receive more love from advertisers. If users will continue to get worth and related images in sponsored results, all will be well for Google.

Google Hotpot – A Local Recommendation Engine for Places

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There is nothing more exciting than to discover new places and moreover it becomes incredible if you have the potential to share it with your friends. Now-a-days, the location based advertising has become a genuine recipe to make hefty revenue and that’s the reason behind the success of location based technologies in recent times.

So, keeping its promise once again, Google, the “Search Engine Giant” has come up with ‘Hotpot’, a local recommendation engine powered by you and your friends.

Hotpot uses data from Google Places and to make it more attractive, it provides the opportunity to make reviews and ratings from you and your friends. A counter is placed to keep track of your recommendations as you rate places via Hotpot. Also, it recommends similar places. It allows you to share those ratings with your friends and view theirs. Hence, the aim behind it is to provide you with more personal, relevant and trustworthy search results for places on Google.

The most attractive feature of this service is that it allows users to create a different profile nickname to separate your Hotpot account from the general Google profile. Once your profile is created, you can add friends to it using your Gmail contact list or from other Google profiles. Though, some users may not like the idea of creating a new nickname and adding friends to it as redundant, it is easily assumable that Google is trying to avoid Buzz-like lapse.

Hotpot has both a web-based and an Android application and probably an iPhone application will also be coming soon. Since Google has been craving to produce something notable in the Geo-location and recommendation area, it has not met with desired results. Earlier, Google Latitude failed to generate much traction among users and further Google gained mixed responses from the users regarding Google Places.

Whether it will possible for Google to compete with Foursquare, Yelp or Facebook Location Services, only time can tell. For now, keep your fingers crossed.

Author Bio: This is a Guest Post by Marc Brown, a personal finance writer. Besides, he also maintains his own personal blog & writes extensively on recent technology.

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