This is a copy of Google's communications newsletter that hightlights what's going on with the company and its latest products. I reproduce it here for those of you that aren't subscribers.
Google Moderator is a new way to facilitate question-and-answer sessions during talks, presentations and events that involve large groups of people. Anyone can submit a question and then people can vote on the questions that they'd like answered. http://moderator.appspot.com
As part of our 10th birthday celebration, we launched Project 10100 (that's "ten to the hundredth"), a call for ideas that could help as many people as possible, and a program to bring the best of those ideas to life. We're committing $10 million to implement these projects, and while money may offer a jump-start, it really comes down to the great ideas that we know are out there. We're accepting submissions until October 20, 2008, and then we'll open up voting in January. http://www.project10tothe100.com
Updates to Picasa, Picasa Web Albums
There's a new version available of our photo editing software. Picasa 3.0 makes it even easier to share photos with friends and family, thanks to a new web sync feature that automatically keeps your web albums up-to-date with the photos on your PC. Picasa 3 also includes intuitive new editing tools, like a powerful retouching brush, text tool, movie maker and revamped photo collages. We've also updated Picasa Web Albums with "name tags" to help you automatically organize and share your photos by who's in each picture. http://www.google.com/picasa
This month we released a new open-source web browser. Google Chrome is fast, secure and lets you access your favorite Google services, such as Gmail, Google Maps and Google Docs, more easily than ever. There are some unique features too, like a single box for web addresses and searches, a simplified download manager and an interface to maximize your browsing experience. (Windows-only at present.) http://www.google.com/chrome
Google Maps for mobile with Street View
If you use Google Maps for mobile on your BlackBerry or Java-enabled phone, you can now access Street View while on the go. The new release incorporates Street View into business listings and directions -- you'll be able to see a specific location before you get there. Other new features include business reviews and walking directions. http://www.google.com/gmm
Transit on Google Maps for New York
New York City has about a third of the country's public transportation volume, and now Google Maps includes public transit information for the entire metro region, making this the biggest Transit launch for Google Maps to date. You can find Transit coverage for more than 70 cities and countries; we'll keep you posted as we add more to the mix. http://www.google.com/transit
September marked the first 10 years of Google, so we took a moment to reflect on the enormous impact the Internet has had on people's lives since our company's founding. The power of the Internet has changed the way we find, manage and share information -- and we believe it will only continue to change the way we live. While we don't have a crystal ball to see exactly what the future holds, we asked a number of our in-house experts to share their thoughts on how this phenomenal technology will evolve in the next 10 years. You can read their responses in a special blog series. We hope you're inspired by their ideas. http://www.google.com/tenthbirthday/ten-years-out.html
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