Earlier this morning Google sent out a link to some recipients through email, to tell them what they’re doing for the holiday.  I think it’s quite cool to see such a massive company giving something back, and giving in the neighborhood of very large quantites.  Of course, to be non-offensive, they’ve kept their announcement totally secular.  But that’s probably the safest way to do things.

Google’s been doing live suggestions for a while now.  But did you know you can actually use wild cards on the search line?  No asterisk required, but you can simply add one character to a word to find any similar words that are searched for.  So looking for “tree”, you could add an ‘a’ to make it “atree”, and Google will potentially show you “apple tree” as a suggestion.

It’s quite powerful and easy to do.  To see some screen shots of how this works, check out this post on Search Engine Land.

Okay, this is just cool.  I found this a little bit ago, and the concept is pretty solid.  I’ve always wanted something similar to this to be able to do searches on certain things that I couldn’t really vocalize into text, and this looks like it might do the trick.

It only appears to work for the Android phone (for now), and who knows how effective it really is – but if it’s all that Google says it’s supposed to be, this will be awesome.

They have a nice video demonstration.  Check it out!  Google Goggles.  (Or if you don’t want to bother clicking, see it below.)