"What's here?" in Google Maps
This new option on the right-click menu in Google Maps gives you the most relevant results based on your current location, whether it's a specific address, a natural feature, or a place name. "What's here?" takes into account the zoom level you're looking at to give you the most appropriate geographical detail at that point. For example, if you're very zoomed in, you will get an exact address. If you're more zoomed out, you might get a neighborhood, a city or a state. If you combine this with the "At this address" feature, you can also see a list of the businesses located at that place.
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Search by Author on Google News
The Google News homepage is a good place to go for an overview of current events, but what if you're interested in a specific journalist's take on the news? That's now easy with a new Search by Author feature on Google News. If you spot an article with a reporter's byline, click the name to bring up other articles by that person. You can also find a specific journalist's articles by typing "author:" followed by their name in the Google News search box. This a great way to get an overview of the most recent op-eds and articles by your favorite columnists or local reporters. As with any search on Google News, you can sign up to get the latest results through a feed, email alerts, or by adding a custom section to your Google News homepage.
New iGoogle for Android and iPhone
You can now get a new and improved version of iGoogle for your iPhone or Android-powered mobile device. More of the gadgets you're used to on your desktop iGoogle page now work in this version, and you'll also see the same tabs that you've already defined on your desktop. You can rearrange the order of the gadgets on your phone, and customize which ones you want to expand automatically. To try it out, go to iGoogle.com in your mobile browser. The new iGoogle for mobile is available in 38 languages.
New features in Google Books
We have made several changes to Google Books that give readers everywhere new ways to interact with the words and images contained within the books we've brought online. It's now easier to embed and share previews of your favorite books on your blog or website. For more information, head to the Inside Google Book Search Blog:
Explore Google Search
Our new "Explore Google Search" site collects together 15-second videos giving you tips on the main features of Google Search, stories from Google engineers, and user testimonials. If you discover something you didn't know you could do on Google, be sure to share it with your friends and family. The site is available in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India.
The faster you can do what you need to do, the more time you have to spend on things that might matter more. That's one reason we care a lot about speed — as in the speed of delivering your information to you. The belief that faster is better is behind much of what we do, from finding the most relevant search result for a query to releasing a speedier version of Google Chrome. Lately, we've been working on several initiatives dedicated to a faster experience on the Internet overall. We've just introduced a site for developers full of tips and tools for improved performance and speed on the web, as well as a call for ideas on how to speed things up even more. We've also released some speed updates to Google products, including Picasa Web Albums and iGoogle for mobile phones. For updates on our efforts toward a faster web, check out the "faster web" label on the Official Google Blog.