Everything Google Tried to Kill Today at Google I/O

Google just dropped a metric ton of Google on us. Sorting through it all, it’s clear that the company’s not just trying to put new goodness into the world; it’s trying to blow plenty of existing products and services out of the water. Here are all the things Google’s looking to unseat and uppercut into the spike pit.

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Google to Launch Groupon Competitor

Google is preparing to launch Google Offers, the search giant’s Groupon competitor

Google Offers looks and operates much like Groupon or LivingSocial. Users receive an e-mail with a local deal of the day. They then have the opportunity to buy that deal within a specific time limit (we assume 24 hours). Once enough people have made the purchase, the Google Offer is triggered and users get that all-too-familiar $10 for $20 deal for that Indian restaurant they’ve never tried.

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Google helps finance ‘superhighway’ for wind power

Internet search engine giant Google announced Tuesday that it is investing in a mammoth project to build an underwater “superhighway for clean energy” that would be able to funnel power from offshore wind farms to 1.9 million homes without overtaxing the already congested mid-Atlantic power grid.


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Is there finally a computer that solves problems the way we do?

Bringing us one step closer to giant robot overlords is CLARION, a program that performs the same way human subjects do in some impressive cognitive tests. It mimics not what we think, but how we think.

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Google book store is coming soon – CNN.com

Google Editions, the Internet giant’s book store business promised for last summer, is set to launch before the end of 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Google Street View helps capture heroin drug-ring suspects in East Williamsburg Brooklyn – NYPOST.com

Earth to drug dealers — Google is watching!Three brazen heroin dealers were captured in Google Street View images working their favorite Brooklyn drug corner, where they peddled their product to hipsters and other dope fiends, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.

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Caravan theft victim spots potential suspect on Google Street View – Telegraph

A caravan owner whose vehicle was stolen has spotted a potential suspect while looking at his house on Google Street View.

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Free WiFi from Google Chrome

This holiday season, Google Chrome has teamed up with AirTran Airways, Delta, and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011. These participating airlines have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi, and we expect more connected passengers this holiday season than ever before!

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Robot IDs Human Flesh as Bacon – Los Angeles Restaurants and Dining – Squid Ink

When a reporter’s hand was placed against the robot’s taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon.

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Google Helps Auto-Tune Your Web Server – Yahoo! News

Google has announced that it is launching a new module for the Apache HTTP server called mod_pagespeed that will perform many speed optimizations automatically. This means that rather than having to fine tune your server configuration for every site you setup, you can instead install the Apache module to optimize automagically.

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