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Philipp Lenssen at the “Google Blogoscoped” blog broke the story on September 1, 2008 that Google is launching an open source browser called Google Chrome. Lennsen writes: “Today there was a comic book in my mail, sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I’ve scanned and put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome. The book points to www.google.com/chrome, but I can’t see anything live there yet.” ... (more)

Google Print Program Expanded As Major Universities Join In

"We believe passionately that such universal access to the world's printed treasures is mission-critical for today's great public university," said Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, as Google recently announced that it is working with the libraries of Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oxford as well as The New York Public Library to digitally scan books from their collections so that users worldwide can search them in Google. "Even before we started Google, we dreamed of making the incredible breadth of information that ... (more)

Yahoo! Edges Out Google With Major Mobile Search Win in Europe

T-Mobile has announced that it is likely to make Yahoo! oneSearch the exclusive search engine in all eleven of its European markets. The company is the twenty-sixth mobile carrier to sign a major deal with Yahoo! and displaces arch-rival Google as T-Mobile's preferred search engine. The announcement came at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and represents a loss for Google of an estimated 90 million-plus mobile users of its search engine. According to the UK's Guardian newspaper, Hamid Akhavan, T-Mobile's chief executive, said the company decided to go with Yahoo! beca... (more)

Google Taking More Shares Public

Google's stock has left many doubters googly-eyed since its initial IPO, sailing past the $100 barrier early on and almost tripling in value since that time. Buoyed by this success and by recent profitable results, the company has announced that it will make more than 14 million new shares publicly available. At current prices, the shares would be worth about $4 billion. The company has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed public offering by the company of 14,159,265 shares of Class A common stock. The managing underwriters of ... (more)

Google Jabbers On with GoogleTalk

Google is not only taking on rivals Yahoo, MSN, and AOL in the instant messaging space by combining internet telephony and IM in its new Google Talk service, but also challenging early market leader Skype in the telephony space. Media Metrix says AOL has more than 40 million users on its AIM and ICQ networks, Yahoo has 20 million users, and MSN Messenger has 14 million. Skype claims to have 51 million users worldwide. Google is apparently banking on a more approach than those being taken by its rivals in its bid to asser itself into these two 21st century communications markets.... (more)