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Google+ doesn’t yet offer an API, so creating Twitter-like desktop clients isn’t an option at this point. That isn’t stopping enterprising developers from trying to work around these limitations, though. Indeed, the first Google+ desktop client – GClient - just made its debut. In the end, though, this is really just a wrapper around the mobile Google+ site.

When Google unexpectedly launched its new social network Google+ earlier this week, many pundits were skeptical about the company’s latest attempt to enter the social arena. Given Google’s dismal track record when it comes to these kinds of products, that kind of skepticism made sense, but after using it extensively for the last few days, I can’t help but...

When it comes to figuring out which search result you want to click on, chances are, you gravitate toward the first three links. These days, however, Google and Microsoft are also adding more social signals to their search results pages to give their searchers a better idea of what their friends may have liked. Today, Google is adding yet...

For consumers, the search rivalry between Microsoft’s Bing and Google has a number of advantages, even outside of the core search features both companies offer. Mapping is one of these areas where the two companies are continuously pushing each other to improve their products. Bing Maps has long been a very good mapping service (arguably better than Google’s offerings...

Earlier this year, Google announced that it would soon allow Internet Explorer users to install Chrome Frame – a product that brings the Chrome’s fast rendering engine’s to Microsoft's legacy browsers – even when their administrators had locked down their systems. Today, Google fulfilled this promise and potential Chrome Frame users can now install Chrome Frame even if they...

Google is hosting a small media event in San Francisco this morning. It's not clear what Google plans to focus on during this event, but the last time the company hosted a similar meeting, it announced Google Instant. The only thing we know about today's event is that Google Fellow Amit Singhal will be among the presenters. Singhal's research interests...

The first batch of Google Chromebooks is scheduled to go on sale next week, but if it's up to U.S. PC-maker ISYS Technologies, that won't happen. According to a press release from ISYS, the company wants Google and its partners (including Samsung, Acer, Amazon and Best Buy) to cancel the 15 June launch. According to ISYS, the name 'Chromebook'...

Google tends to feature a few different of its trademark doodles on its homepage every week, but every now and then, the company goes all out and does interactive doodles. This week, the honor to be featured in one of these goes to Les Paul, the legendary musician and inventor Les Paul who passed away in 2009. The Les...

Most online mapping products today feature transit directions. Sadly, though, it's the nature of public transit that things often don't quite run on schedule. Thankfully, quite a few transit district have now track their buses and trains with a GPS system so that the public can know exactly when the next bus or train will arrive. For the most part, however, you won't know this information until you arrive at the station (which is always either far too early or just too late). Starting today, however, there's a better way to get this information quickly: Google Maps will now feature live transit updates in four U.S. cities (Portland, OR, Boston, San Diego and San Francisco) and two European ones (Madrid and Turin).

Google's three release channels for Chrome sometimes make it hard to track what's new in each of the new releases, but today's launch of Chrome 12 to the Stable channel brings enough updates to the most widely used channel to warrant some extra attention. With Chrome 12, Google is introducing hardware accelerated 3D CSS and an addition to Google's Safe...

Google, Bing and Yahoo today launched a new initiative that will introduce a common vocabulary for adding additional market and structured data to search engine listings. Schema.org, as this new markup is called, allows website owners to give search engines better ways to understand the content on their sites. With schema.org, you can, for example, ensure that a search engine knows that something on your site is a recipe, a movie review with a rating, a listing for a local business or that a specific page is about a product. In total, the schema.org hierarchy knows of a few hundred different content types that can be described through its vocabulary.

Google Wallet, which the Mountain View-based search giant introduced earlier today, wants to change the way you pay for products and services, but I'm not sure it will. Google's contactless near field communication (NFC) payment system currently only works with one phone and only in San Francisco and New York, but the company plans to roll it out wider...

Among the most useful Gmail extensions today are tools like Rapportive and Xobni that show you more detailed information about your contacts as you read your email. Now, Google apparently wants to get into this market itself (and, after all, those tools replace Google's text ads with more useful information). The company just announced that a new "people widget"...

Google just launched a new feature for Google News for smartphones that can display local news happening around you based on your current location. For a while now, Google has offered local sections on its news aggregator for the desktop, but this is the first time it is adding this section to the mobile version of this product as well.

If you use Google’s mobile website for Gmail on your iOS or Android smartphone, Google just launched an update that will make your life a bit easier. You can now undo a number of actions in mobile Gmail, including whenever you archive, move and delete a message or conversation, or when you add a label to an email.