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  1. The New Google Images Is Here

    At a press conference in San Francisco today, Google has introduced the world to its new image search redesign. The new Google Images -- which hasn't yet been widely rolled out as of this post, although it should manifest itself for all soon enough -- boasts as its greatest improvement the so-called "infinite scroll," which means that new images instantly load as users scroll down without the need for a page reload, allowing for as many as 1,000 images per page. Text no longer appears unless you click on an image on the scroll, in which case the image zooms and its metadata becomes visible.

    As many have pointed out, the new Google images looks sorta like Bing:

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  2. Microsoft Zings Google Over Suspiciously Bing-y Backgrounds

    Last week, Google allowed users to set custom backgrounds on the Google frontpage for the first time, in a move that was more-or-less well-received, though many saw in it a hint of Bing imitation. But while people may enjoy choice, they tend not to like forced defaults: Today, Google is putting backgrounds on its homepage by default for 24 hours, and user response has largely been negative. A quick Twitter Sentiment analysis (using what is unfortunately a rather small sample size) reveals that of the people who have Tweeted about today's Google background experiment, 86% have conveyed negative sentiments versus only 14% who have conveyed positive sentiments. Let's just hope this doesn't lead to any tech support calls.

    But customers aren't the only ones who've not exactly cozied up to Google's background experiment: several Microsoft personnel have zinged Google for its Bing-like background choices with various degrees of wit and annoyance.

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