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Google introduced software that will help consumers use Web-based applications when they're not connected to the Internet. Google Gears is an open source browser plug-in, letting software developers use it to enable applications with JavaScript APIs. The first one is for Google's Reader application, and others will follow.

Google introduced a new overlay feature for its maps. The My Maps tab (http://maps lets users choose from mini-applications created by independent developers to overlay data on maps. Examples of use include real estate prices, crime stats, cheap gas stations, photos, etc. This could offer great possibilities for libraries.

Google has acquired Green Border Technologies--it launched in 2001 with Desktop DMZ software for Windows that prevents any viruses, Trojans, or spyware from being installed during any browser session.

Hoping to appease the concerns of the European Union, as well as U.S. regulators and privacy groups, Google announced plans to scale back on how long it keeps personally identifiable data. Its new policy is to anonymize search server logs after 18 months, rather than the previously established period of 18 to 24 months.

Perhaps Google's biggest recent news was the new Custom Search Business Edition (CSBE), a hosted site-search solution that provides Google-quality results for a Web site. CSBE builds on the Google Custom Search Engine (CSE), a free hosted search solution it introduced last October, that lets organizations create a search engine and search results that are tailored to their points of view. Businesses that want further control over results presentation and integration with their Web sites can obtain results through XML. Business sites have the option to turn off ads and have further control over branding. CSBE also provides options for email and phone support. The pricing starts at $100 per year for searching up to 5,000 pages.

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Title Annotation:News Break Update; software
Author:Hane, Paula J.
Publication:Information Today
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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