Google Adds Drag and Drop in Gmail, Acquires ReCaptcha, Signs A Deal for Print-On-Demand Titles And Starts Google Sidewiki

The fact that we are not talking about Google doesn’t mean that nothing is happening at the headquarters of the search giant.

In the hot summer months Google made the Gmail community happy by adding drag and drop capability for messages.

With the new feature customers will be able to drag messages into labels, and labels onto messages. More details are available from the Official Gmail blog.

Later Google acquired ReCaptcha, a company that provides CAPTCHAs to help protect from spam and fraud bots. Get the details from CNET news.

Google plans to use ReCaptcha's technology both as a security measure within certain Google sites and to make its massive book-scanning project a little smarter, the company said in a blog post. ReCaptcha is an offshoot of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and puts a twist on the traditional captcha: a string of letters in squiggly text meant to confuse spam bots and other nonhuman Web pests.

In September Google and On Demand Books (creator of the Espresso Book Machine)have signed a deal to provide print-on-demand (PoD) access to more than two million public domain books (published before 1923). Click here to see out past coverage of the Espresso Book Machine. Library Journal has more information on the subject.

If you like social networking and leaving comments and ratings on websites, you will like the new Google Sidewiki product.

Google Sidewiki is a new feature being added today to the Google Toolbar that allows anyone to leave comments about pages as they surf the web. Love something you’re reading? Hate it? You can share your views with others who visit the page and who also have Sidewiki enabled.

Sidewiki is available for now only as a feature in Google Toolbar in Internet Explorer and Firefox. Go to Search Engine Land to read more.

In the beginning of October Google improved Search Options, the side panel on the top of the search engine that allows you to filter and refine your search by time, media and results.

Today, we're announcing nine new Search Options tools: past hour, specific date range, more shopping sites, fewer shopping sites, visited pages, not yet visited, books, blogs and news.

Search Engine Land has more information and pictures.

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