Google Creates Canned Responses, Searches Scanned Documents, Settles With Publishers And Adds RSS Feeds

It is Friday again and it's time for our ( almost regular) Google post.

Google's new browser adds GreaseMonkey support, wrote Garett Rogers in his Googling Google blog.( meaning that now you can customize the way web pages display, create mashups and so on…)

Gmail Canned Responses is another new release from Google Labs that lets you save repetitive emails ( messages) to a template, so you don’t have to write a new message every time. ReadWriteWeb even discovered how to twist the filters, so the emails from Canned Responses are send automatically.

TechCrunch was excited about Google's new ability to index ( search) scanned documents.

Unlike standard text documents, scanned files don’t contain any text data that Google’s spiders can index. Instead, Google has employed Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, converting photos of words into digital text files. In the past Google would attempt to index these image files as well as possible, but could typically search only file titles and nearby metadata – not the contents of the documents.

One of the biggest news around Google, since we reviewed it last time is the settlement with publishers over Google Book Search scan project.

The settlement would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book Search

Information Today's NewsBreaks and Barbara Quint have more info and a detailed analysis on this topic.

Finally Google decided to add RSS feed for web searches in Google Alert, noted Search Engine Land. Users now have a choice between an alert send through email or RSS. And if you need a guide on " How to Use the New Google Web Search RSS Feedshow" go to ReadWriteWeb.

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