Google Starts Latitude, Goes Mobile With Gmail, Calendar And Book Search And Disconnects Video, Notebook & Catalog Search

Today is Friday, and it's time for our Google summary post.

At first Google unplug the following services Google Video, Notebook & Catalog Search, Dodgeball and Mashup Editor. See SearchEngineLand for more.

Later the search giant launched a site ( with the help of Bloomberg administration) called that is "designed to help tourists and residents find their way around" New York City. Googling Google posted about it.

Gmail went offline and Garett Rogers from Googling Google has the following instructions to enable the service:

1 Sign in to Gmail and click ‘Settings’.
2 Click the ‘Labs’ tab and select ‘Enable’ next to ‘Offline Gmail’.
Click ‘Save Changes.’
3 In the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username, there will be a new ‘Offline’ link.
4 Click this link to start the offline synchronization process.

Google Calendar also went offline, but many bloggers were disappointed. .

However mobile users are happy with the newly released Google Book Search Mobilethat permits "search through and read in full, 1.5 million books on your phone's browser". ReadWriteWeb has an interesting post on the subject.

Another useful mobile implementation for Google was the Task application, but probably the most talked about was Google Latitude, which " allow you to broadcast your location to select friends, family, and colleagues based on the coordinates of your cell phone (via GPS or otherwise)". TechCrunch explains how the service works.

To help users who travel outside of there hometown, Google Maps added public transit layer
in 50 Cities, which will display public transportation routes.

Google Earth was released with new upgraded version that includes a 3D map of the Ocean floor. ReadWriteWeb has more.

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