This week Google celebrated the second birthday of Chrome with a new stable release, and Wave's life was prolonged by at least four months.
Following Chromium 7, the newest release of Chrome promises faster speeds and a simplified interface.
"As always, we're hard at work on making Chrome even faster, and working on ways to improve graphics performance in the browser through hardware acceleration," said Brian Rakowski wrote, a Google product manager. "With the Chrome Web Store, we hope to make it much easier to find and use great applications on the Web."
Further, Google quietly released a developer preview of its Google Web Store last month. Developers can now upload apps and install them in Chrome. Rumor has it the store will make its big debut some time in October.
Google Wave Lives On Through 2010
We said goodbye to Google Wave early last month, but there's been enough crying and pleading since then to inspire the Internet giant to keep the platform around through the rest of the year.
"We're grateful to all the people who have been using Wave and the partners and developers who have built on and improved the technology with us," said Google Wave team member, Lars Rasmussen, in response to the outpouring.
The official Wave site will remain up until 2011, and there are also ways to export your data (though we're not sure of the format).
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Google Battles Information Overload with Priority Inbox
You've no doubt heard about this one by now. Google's new tool for battling information overload is turning a lot of heads.
Priority Inbox basically automatically categorizes your mail for you into three groups: “Important and unread,” “Starred,” and “Everything else”. The magic lies in Google's predictive technology, which is based on the e-mails you've read, and who you regularly contact.
If Google misplaces a message, users can easily re-categorize it and the preference will be remembered the next time around. It's a small comfort, but it also means you'll have to spent some time sifting through your "Everything else" list before Google gets it right.
Google Turns to Gaming to Compete with Facebook
Last but not least, here's something fun: Google purchased a mobile social gaming provider called SocialDeck.
This is significant because the purchase is beginning to look a lot more like a move toward multi-platform support than just a talent acquisition. "…SocialDeck has significant cross-platform experience," said Chris morrison of Inside Social Games. "A non-game product it offers, called Spark, provides social integration across Blackberry, the iPhone and Facebook, while Shake & Spell also works on all three of those platforms."
Of course, this circles around to Googles rumored social network, Google Me. Should Facebook be ready for war? Maybe, maybe not.