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New gPhone (myTouch 3G) Coming in Early August
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T-Mobile has announced that the sucessor to it’s semi-popular G1, the myTouch 3G, will become available in early August.

The myTouch 3G will be extremely customizable, unlike Apple’s iPhone. Users will be able to choose menus, wallpapers, icons, themes and skins. Will being customizable be enough to lure iPhone users away?

myTouch 3G

Features of the New Version of Android

Google is in the process of releasing an upgrade to its Android mobile platform in version 1.5. Google is emphasizing the ability to upload YouTube videos right from your mobile phone.

Naturally, this makes it simple to record a video and upload it instantly. "What’s more, YouTube gives me full control of my privacy, so I can decide if I want to make my videos available to the entire Web or just a subset of invited friends," says Android Team Product Marketing Manager Jonathan Matus.

The Google Contacts Without the Gmail
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Google has recently launched a standalone contacts manager, which lets you manage your contacts outside of Gmail. This would be particularly useful for those who don’t use Gmail, but use other Google products that offer sharing capabilities.

If you use Google Docs, Picasa, or Google Calendar for example, you can now update people’s contact information without having to use Gmail. This was not an option before.

Gmail Messages Get Richer
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It appears that they never sleep at Gmail. After the most recent improvement in conversation-saving with the service, they have now added the ability to preview YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Yelp content with a new Gmail Labs experiment.

Google Adds Ads to Hosted News Articles

Google is now showing ads on Google News pages that show full-text articles. These are the articles which Google itself hosts.

In case you’re unfamiliar with these Google-hosted articles, back in 2007, Google News started offering original source content from a variety of publishers like the AP, Agence France-Presse, UK Press Association, the Canadian Press, etc. This was to give special treatment to "original sources."

Google Adds AdWords to Picasa

Google is now showing AdWords ads above search results in its photo sharing service Picasa. It’s hard to imagine people being shocked by this.

Picasa Gets AdWords

Google has been getting more aggressive with adding ads to its products. Only a few weeks ago, Google started adding them to Google News search results after years of not having them.

Google Unveils Picasa For Mac
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Google has introduced a Mac version of its photo album application, Picasa, at Macworld in San Francisco.

Google previously offered a standalone Picasa Web Albums uploader and an iPhoto plugin fro Mac users. The company says Picasa for Mac brings all of the advanced sharing and synch features of Picasa to the millions of Mac OS X users.

Google Language, Land Expansions Take Place
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It seems that a little recession isn’t going to halt everyone’s favorite search giant.  Google is continuing to branch out, with a recent growth spurt seeing it buy more land in Mountain View and make sure people who speak all sorts of languages can use its products.

Google Rolls Out New Features To Picasa
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Google has introduced several new upgrades to its Picasa photo service.

Google Rolls Out New Features To Picasa

The Picasa name tag tool has now been expanded to include 38 languages and there are new improvements in how users can share their photo albums along with automatic translations of comments.

Picasa Web Albums Get Lock Option

Google added an option to their photo gallery app Picasa Web Albums offering you to lock albums. The option is named “Sign-in required to view,” meaning only people you share the album with are meant to access it, after signing in with their Google account.

Picasa to Feature Facial Recognition Software?

Picasa Gets Smart With Facial Recognition The Inquisitr has a post out saying that at noon today Google’s Picasa is going to introduce facial recognition technology and a new downloadable Picasa photo editing program beta.

Google’s Picasa Takes On Facial Recognition

Today’s cameras can make taking a good picture as easy as pushing a single button.  Uploading, labeling, and sharing the photo is where things are more likely to get messy.  Google’s simplifying this by introducing facial recognition technology to Picasa.

Google Changing Name Of Picasa To ‘Google Photos’

The Google Operating System blog reports that Google is likely changing the name of their Picasa photo sharing service to “Google Photos”.

A few other features are due to rollout as well, including licensing options, email photo uploads, and tagging of people in pics.

Google Says Goodbye To “Hello”

Google is shutting down Hello, Picasa’s photo sharing service which was part of the Picasa acquisition back in 2004. On the program, Wikipedia writes:

Google Image Search Gets Closer To Picasa
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On Picasa’s homepage, a slogan proclaims, “Fast and easy photo sharing from Google.”  The exchange now seems to work in the other direction, as well, since Picasa results have been integrated into Google Image Search.

Google Presents Photos Blog

Photo buffs and Picasa fans may have cause to celebrate – the Official Google Photos Blog has launched.

Google Starts Shared Storage Service
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Google users can boost their available storage for Gmail and Picasa Web Albums to as much as 250GB for an annual fee.

Plaxo Launches Social Network Pulse

Plaxo launched today its social network, Pulse. Pulse pulls in what they call "people feed" or RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to allow for conversation about the content with your family, friends or co-workers.

Google: Put Photos on a map, Picasa on Phone

Official Google Blog: Put your photos on a map, and Picasa on your phone: A new Picassa option, ‘Map My Photos’ lets you show exactly where you took your favorite snapshots.

When you share an album with friends, they can see your best photos arrayed on a map (or even Google Earth). It’s the perfect way to showcase a memorable road trip or a globe-trotting vacation.

Picture This: Picasa Updates From Google

Users of Google’s Picasa Web Albums have a couple of new features available for placing photos on maps, and Picasa on mobile devices.

Google, Marry Me

I’ve decided to take the plunge and ask Google to marry me. If we ever divorce it will be very painful to extract myself from all the connnections and tie-ins and find replacement services and tools. I know, I know – most will say I’m doing it for the money. I can’t deny that the Adsense check every month is nice, but it’s not just the money that has me head over heals in love. It’s being connected on a deep soul satisfying level.