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Google closed source app engine does evil

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itwire.com: This time Google App Engine gives the great promise of letting you serve your own applications to the world using the grunt of Google-powered machinery. However, it’s not the saviour it purports to be, perverting the open source way.

Also: Google says “sod it... lets do a bit of evil”
And: Google Earth 4.3

Google Seeks to Organize All of Human Ignorance

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Humor

blogs.pcworld: Having organized all of human knowledge, Google has announced plans to organize all of human ignorance. Admittedly, human ignorance is vast -- perhaps unlimited – but our goal is to organize all of it. Consistent with our mobile strategy, we aim to provide anytime, anywhere ignorance.

Also: Introducing Gmail Custom Time
And: Announcing Project Virgle

Google urges ISO to give thumbs-down to Microsoft Open XML

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Microsoft

news.com: The head of Google's open-source programs on Monday urged international delegates to vote against certifying Office Open XML as an ISO standard, saying the Microsoft-led effort poses a risk to users who want unfettered access to documents.

Also: Microsoft gets another shot at XML standard

Google behind Photoshop's new Linux compatibility

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Software

apcmag.com: Google recently confirmed in a blog posting that it had paid Codeweavers to help develop WINE to make Photoshop usable on the well-regarded but still somewhat unpredictable software package, which aims to replicate Windows libraries to enable popular Windows applications run in a Linux environment.

Google toys with Digg-like voting to prioritize search results

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tech.blorge.com: Though Google is at the top of the search engine food chain, the mega site is taking a page from successful social indexing sites like Digg by testing out a new feature that will allow users to vote up their favorite search results.

Google Android Screenshots & Video

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cybernetnews: As expected Google released their Android Software Development Kit (SDK) today. It provides all of the tools needed to start creating applications that run on the next generation mobile operating system, and Google is getting their checkbooks out to help ensure that Android won’t be a flop…

Where's my Gphone?

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googleblog.blogspot: Despite all of the very interesting speculation over the last few months, we're not announcing a Gphone. However, we think what we are announcing -- the Open Handset Alliance and Android -- is more significant and ambitious than a single phone.

I, Robot: The Man Behind the Google Phone

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nytimes: If the effort succeeds, it will be the most drastic challenge to date of the assertion by Microsoft — the godfather of the desktop PC — that Google and other members of the so-called open-source world can imitate but not innovate.

Google to unveil 'Android' phone software

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Google

c|net: Google is ready to unveil a suite of software for mobile phones based on open-source technology, backed by some of the largest wireless industry companies in the world.

Google Summer of Code continues its record of success

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OSS

linux.com: A musical notation system for KOffice, a cross-platform kiosk browser, a help system editor for GNOME -- these are just a few of the projects completed in this year's Google Summer of Code (SOC) event, during which Google paid students to work on free and open source software projects. The innovations in this third year appear to have enriched the experience for participants, but not affected the project completion rate.

Avoiding the very appearance of evil at Google

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matt asay: The Economist has an amazingly good article this week on Google, and its growing influence and power. Rather than ring alarm bells about Google's sometimes casual approach to privacy concerns, the article suggests that Google needs a deeper change of heart.

Is Google secretly helping M$ ?

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Microsoft

Techzone: I know it sounds bizarre, but I do have a theory to substantiate this. Don't know how to formulate it so just listing it.

Google grabs Novell SA boss

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SUSE

itweb.co.za: Novell SA country manager Stafford Masie has resigned in order to establish and head up the local operation of Internet giant Google. This morning, Masie confirmed his resignation from software house Novell and his appointment as GM for Google locally.

Is Google on Crack?

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I, Cringley: What has me all worked up is Google's announcement this week that it intends to bid at least $4.6 billion in the Federal Communication Commission's auction of bandwidth in the 700-MHz band being reclaimed in 2009 from analog television.

Google Desktop For Linux

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pimpyourlinux: A trend that seems to be popular these days is the ability to search for files and media on your computer in real time. Searching your desktop now can be achieved at lightning speeds by using databases to store all of the information about your files on your computer.

Linux Tip: Use Google Linux repositories

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lifehacker: Google recently created their own Linux software repositories to streamline the use of Google software in Linux. Google's repos make it very easy to download and stay up-to-date with current releases of Google software.

Google OS

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A Blog Of Gentoo: The issue of Google OS is being debated for as long as Google become an important part of internet culture. Many have predicted the appearance of Google's OS long time ago, but the thing never happened. Why?

Google Desktop on Ubuntu Linux 7.04

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linuxondesktop: Similar tools already existed on Linux like beagle (supported by novell ), meta tracker etc. However Google Desktop search is not based on any of these tools and uses its proprietary algorithms to search for files on the computer, also being 1.0 release and more stable then these products it could be preferred over tools like beagle.

Google flirts with online OS

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the register: It's only a matter of time before Google unveils a full-fledged online operating system. This week, Microsoft's biggest rival rolled out a new version of Docs & Spreadsheets - its online answer to Word and Excel - adding Windows-like folders, an improved search engine, and an all-around prettier interface.

Google Desktop for Linux: Plain ol' desktop search

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linux.com: Linux users finally have their own edition of Google Desktop. The beta release was announced Wednesday, and I've been putting the application through the wringer since then to see how well it stacks up on Linux. I found that it's a nice offering, but it slows a system down noticeably.

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