Dear ol' uncle G announced a smattering of publisher-friendly features new to the Google depot this week, including the ability to edit Docs on mobile devices and a new method for identifying the source of original news.
Edit your Google Docs on Android, iPhone and iPad
Google recently plugged in a handy editing feature for iOS 3.0+ iPhone, iPad and Android 2.2+ devices. While it's obviously not ideal for heavy editing, it's a convenient quick-fix tool for on-the-go users:
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Google News Tests Two New Tags for Original Content
Google News experimentally introduced two new tags in order to help publishers identify news sources: syndication-source and original-source.
Make no mistake! These tags are not intended to deal with duplicate content. As our own Tsvetanka Stoyanova explains, "When you use duplicate content, you use texts that are very similar, if not an exact match, to one another in terms of wording, structure, etc. When you get an idea about a news piece, you write it in your own words, so both pieces don't have wording and structure in common and they aren't duplicate content."
Applying the new tags is reportedly pretty easy — all it takes is adding them as metatags in the <head> of your news story and the crawler will pick them. On an even happier note, Google has reportedly taken measures to prevent abuse (e.g. groundless claiming that you are the original source when you aren't, so use the new tags wisely.)
ChromeOS Delayed, Launch Sometime in the (Near) Future
On a not so happy note, the long awaited launch of ChromeOS has been delayed — again.
ChromeOS was originally expected to hit the market in the second half of 2010. Now, word is there will be no ChromeOS devices sitting under this Christmas tree this year. In we're looking at the first quarter of 2011.
What's the holdup? Some suspect Android, which as been updated much more frequently as of late. In any case, it looks like the Browser Wars are set to continue after the holiday season.
Google Probes Even Further with Hotpot
In completely unrelated news, Google rolled out a product called Hotpot this week. The tool does what Google does best: gathers a bunch of personal data in order to get to know its users better. As an addition to Google Places, Hotpot makes the most of the Internet's recommendation engine power and location-based data to serve up nearby venues for rating. Further, the more you review, the better your overall search results.
The question is, will anyone use it? With Yelp and Foursquare already in the mix, I'm not quite sure there's much need for Hotpot-- and I'm not the only one.
"This is bullcrap," said PCMag's John Dvorak. "Exactly how does the fact that I think the egg rolls at Dong Hing restaurant are lousy effect my desire to buy the best weed whacker at the best price?"
If you're curious, however, be our guest.