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Google-Verizon network neutrality policy proposal – Voice your opinion



If you don’t like the Google-Verizon proposal you may comment and voice your opinion at – http://ping.fm/FqpjK or to see facts about Google’s network neutrality policy proposal visit this address: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/


Today’s Topics: Nexus One goes bye bye – Amazon eBooks out sale hardcover books

Today’s Topics:


Nexus One

Google pulls the plug on the Nexus One. Sluggish sales of the Android phone have caused Google to pull the phone off the market. Google plans to sell through the last shipment and then there are no more.

You will be able still purchase a Nexus One overseas since the phones will continue to be sold through Vodafone in Europe and some Asian carriers. Read more information on this subject on Google’s Blog.

Amazon

Amazon’s eBooks are outselling hardcover books. Who would have thought that reading a book on the Kindle would become more popular than traditional reading? (Sarcasm)

In a statement by Amazon: “over the past three months, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 143 Kindle books. Over the past month, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 180 Kindle books.”

Picasa’s Picnik is launched



Google’s Picasa gets Picnik. Picnik is a simple photo editor which can be accessed right from your Picasa Web Album. All Picasa Web Albums users now have seamless access to the editing power of Picnik without ever leaving their account. Picnik was acquired by search engine giant Google a few months back.


Google Maps New URL Shortener



Google Maps Labs launched a new feature which will soon become the new standard. The latest feature is a URL shortener called ‘Short URL’, found in Google Maps Labs. The Labs pop-up window which can be accessed when you click ‘New’ at the top right of the Google Maps page. Short URL works the same way as other URL shorteners such as bit.ly. Google’s short URL’s are hosted at ‘goo.gl’.

The idea for shortened URL’s came in to play when Twitter was launched and their text box limited users to 140 characters maximum. The new Short URL feature will be helpful to share links to locations on maps with friends and family without all of the clutter of a normal URL.

If you have never used Google Maps Labs, it is similar to Google Labs for Gmail.Google Maps Labs has plenty of other cool features to play with. Check out this clip from Tekzilla and see a few of Veronica Belmont’s favorite Google Maps Labs features.


Comparison

Directions from San Francisco to Sacramento, CA using the standard Google Maps email or IM link button:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=San+Francisco,+CA&daddr=Sacramento,+CA&hl=en&geocode=FVJmQAIdKAe0-CkhAGkAbZqFgDH_rXbwZxNQSg%3BFUS1TAIdgCTC-Cn5l4OycsaagDHbfxl0qmofkg&mra=ls&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=32.610437,56.513672&ie=UTF8&z=9

Those same directions from San Francisco to Sacramento, CA using ‘Short URL’ with the same link button (after checking enable in Google Maps Labs and saving your changes and a quick refresh) :

http://goo.gl/maps/lcqV


Google Maps Labs Functions:


Distance Measurement Tool

Measure the distance of a path on the Earth

Short URL

Shorten the Maps “Link” to be a more compact URL.

Show Me Here!

Adds an option to the context menu that lets you zoom directly to the maximum zoom level at the point under the cursor.

Drag ‘n’ Zoom

Zooming in on a specific part of the map is now fast and easy. Simply click the Drag ‘n’ Zoom button, draw a box on the map, and zoom! You’re there!

Aerial Imagery

Add Aerial imagery to the map! Aerial imagery gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective. Currently imagery is only available in certain areas, but we’re adding more all the time.

Back to Beta

Gmail isn’t the only one that can enjoy a BETA tag.

Where in the World Game

Test your knowledge of world geography! Guess the name of the country from satellite imagery, and try to beat your top score!

Rotatable Maps

Tired of North always being up? Add rotatable map types and give East, West and South a fair go.

What’s Around Here?

Adds a button that displays the most popular places in the current map view. A great way to browse the map.

LatLng Tooltip

Displays a tooltip next to the mouse cursor showing the latlng directly underneath it.

LatLng Marker

Adds an option to the context menu that lets you drop a mini marker showing the latlng of the position that the cursor was pointing at when the context menu was evoked

Smart Zoom

Ever zoom in too far and get the message “We don’t have imagery at this zoom level”? Ensure you don’t see it again, with Smart Zoom, which will check in advance what imagery exists, and ensure you can’t zoom in beyond it.


Google Labs


Google Maps Lab


Google And Zynga To Join Forces



[Rumor]

There is a rumor buzzing around that Google has invested 100 million dollars or possibly more in social gaming giant Zynga. Google plans to join forces and launch a social online game hub called ‘Google Games’. This could be a risky move this late in the game race. I am not sure if Zynga will launch games exclusively on Google Games which is the only way I can see this working in Google’s favor.

Zynga as you may already know is the maker of FarmVille, Mafia Wars, and many other popular social games. Zynga has games on Facebook and they recently launched their popular FarmVille game on the iPhone. Zynga also recently launched FrontierVille which is already gaining popularity.

There are no further details of which game titles Google will offer. I am not sure why Google waited this long to jump on the Zynga wagon. What tricks does the search giant have up their sleeve that will entice new users and Zynga vets to their site?



Google Voice is now open to everyone in the U.S.



Google Voice is now open to everyone in the U.S.. Google Voice can translate voice mail into a text message. In my opinion the voice mail to text needs a lot of improvement.


Google Voice Details


One Number
Use a single number that rings you anywhere.
Online voicemail
Get transcribed messages delivered to your inbox.
Cheap calls
Free calls & text messages to the U.S. & Canada.
Super low rates everywhere else.