If you're a daily Googler like I am, you'll have noticed that recently, Google's changed its look a bit. The little "tabs" used to distinguish other different searches are gone, which makes them just links now. Also, there's a very prominent pointer to Froogle, Google's new shopping search. I kind of like the nice clean new look.
Haven't seen it yet? Next time you do a search for "hashed brown mitsubishi toilet" you will.
If you haven't seen it yet, Google's got Google Local now, which is a kind of specialized search for stuff around your neighborhood. I was reading the FAQ and found this funny bit:
Does this work everywhere? Can I find a noodle shop in Nagoya?
Google Local only searches for locations in the United States right now. However, we plan on expanding this service to other parts of the world once we work out the kinks in this beta product. In the meantime, we recommend Miyoshiya for noodles in Naka-ku, near downtown.
That's a sign to me that that's a good company: a company that talks like a human being. It's the way of the future.
Ah, the great Google: putting librarians out of their jobs one search at a time.