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Google introduced software that will help consumers use Web-based applications when they're not connected to the Internet. Google Gears is an open source browser plug-in, letting software developers use it to enable applications with JavaScript APIs. The first one is for Google's Reader application, and others will follow.

Google introduced a new overlay feature for its maps. The My Maps tab (http://maps .google.com) lets users choose from mini-applications created by independent developers to overlay data on maps. Examples of use include real estate prices, crime stats, cheap gas stations, photos, etc. This could offer great possibilities for libraries.

Google has acquired Green Border Technologies--it launched in 2001 with Desktop DMZ software for Windows that prevents any viruses, Trojans, or spyware from being installed during any browser session.

Hoping to appease the concerns of the European Union, as well as U.S. regulators and privacy groups, Google announced plans to scale back on how long it keeps personally identifiable data. …

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