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Google Local Renamed Back to Google Maps

Our pals at Google have renamed Google Local back to Google Maps. Seems like this change happened late yesterday because on April 19th, a day earlier, Google's cache
shows that the domain – local.google.com still showed 'Local' among the top tabs of the search engine, local.google.com had the Google Local logo as well.

However, late last night (US time) and early today morning (03GMT), when I typed in local.google.com I was shown the Google Maps logo instead along with 'Maps' in place of the 'Local' tab.
A few months ago,Google renamed Maps to Local — asof April 14th, Google's cached showed maps.google.com as Local, and now they've switched it around. I guess they've done this so that their geo-coding & mapping features could be rightly called as Google Maps, and their Local Business Center, which is an addon facility to Maps, would sound best as Google Local.

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April 21, 2006 Posted by | beta, Recent Observations, Service & Product Launches | 2 Comments

Selected Participants Invited to Test drive AdWords Editor

Google just began offering their AdWords Editor in beta, to selected advertisers.

From the AdWords Editor website:

AdWords Editor currently is available only to a limited number of advertisers. If you aren't a beta participant, please be assured that we're working to release AdWords Editor to a larger number of advertisers in the near future. 
According to the description on Google AdWords Editor website, the AdWords Editor is a downloadable account management application for one's computer and is designed especially for large AdWords accounts where it allows one to make changes to their account with greater ease and flexibility. "Download your campaigns, make bulk or individual edits offline, then upload your changes to your AdWords account".

6.5MB in size and downloadable in 30 seconds over a broadband connection, AdWords Editor works the same way as GTalk does when it comes to updates, which is done automatically. As of now, the AdWords Editor has only been tested on the Home and Pro editions for Windows 2000 and Windows XP, however, Google says that the application is designed for cross-platform functionality and they're working on expanding functionality to Mac & Linux!

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April 20, 2006 Posted by | Service & Product Launches | 1 Comment

Screenshots of Google Calendar on Opera Web Browser

Well since I had previously seen that Google were trying to get GCal working on non-Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers, such as Opera, Safari and Konqueror, I decided to do some experimenting with GCal on Opera 8.5 and believe me it did work at the start but then GCal broke and stopped working. Anyways, here are some of the screenshots, please click on them too see enlarged versions:

The above screen was the dialog that resulted from the code execution where GCal allowed one to see the compatible browsers on the overview page, but gave you the option of continuing to browse in case you weren't on firefox or internet explorer.

This screen below, is the starting point of the calendar, looked fine to me and the 'manage calendars' link did sorta' spill into the 'search public calendars' box, but it didn't bother me much, plus I could see my events on the grid, so I was happy:

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April 18, 2006 Posted by | Service & Product Launches | 3 Comments

Googler Sheds Some Light on GCal’s future API & Feeds

Last thursday, John Panzer at AOL and a member of the IMC (Internet Mail Consoritum) mailing list, emailed one of GCal's developers, Kyle Marvin, who's also on the IMC List the following:

"Google Calendar has launched (and there was much rejoicing). It uses Atom feeds for public calendar information. I'm wondering if these have been documented somewhere".

To which Kyle responded by saying that:

"The extensions used in the Calendar feed will definitely be documented and those docs should be available soon. The Calendar Data API support (these feeds plus the ability to programmatically create, query, edit, and delete Calendar events)
isn't officially launched yet… the release is going to be slightly staggered from the main Calendar Web UI launch that happened today.

The best place to look for API info once it is available (and to send any feedback about it) will be in the Google Calendar Data API Group that has been set up for this purpose. More announcements will be made there (soon) once the full API launch happens".

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April 18, 2006 Posted by | APIs, Googler, New Hires, Service & Product Launches | Leave a comment