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October 15, 2004

You GO Google!

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Yesterday's news from Google - a powerful, free search function for your own computer (PC only so far), available now, has shaken the computer world from Redmond to Cupertino.

Every other big company in the business - Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, AOL - has been yapping about this the usual Silicon Valley way, i.e. that they'll offer it "real soon now."

Guess what, vaporware purveyors?

Google's got it goin' on now.

But there's something else new and wonderful from Google, announced last week but effectively buried under yesterday's announcement.

It's Google Print.

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What's Google Print?

Only a potential rival to and conqueror of Amazon, that's what.

The new function allows publishers to send books to Google, have selected pages scanned by Google for free, and placed into Google's database for you and me to read.

"Our mission is to organize the world's information, and bringing books into the index is a natural part of our evolution," said Susan Wojcicki, Google's director of product management.

Google, with 63 million visitors in August, reaches a far wider audience than Amazon, which had 31.1 million.

So far, Google has just a handful of books online, while Amazon has more than 100,000.

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Don't bet against Google.

The October 6 story in USA Today by Jefferson Graham ended with this sentence:

"Amazon said it had no comment on Google's launch."

That's because it's hard to comment when you're gulping and looking in your rear-view mirror at the rapidly approaching police car with its sirens going and lights flashing.

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I've heard bad things about the google desktop. It has a security problem in that if its installed on a system that more then one user is defined, you can use it to view the web based email of the other users on it. Do a search for 'compose' or 'inbox' and you'll be able to read the mail from users that used web based email such as yahoo or hotmail, or even gmail.

Posted by: Tamara | Oct 16, 2004 3:12:59 PM

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