Google Goes Gadget Crazy

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Call them gadgets or widgets, Google is now offering little bits of software that anyone can put in a sidebar on their blog or Webpage.  Formerly, these gadgets were available only on people’s personalized Google homepage or Google Desktop software.  Now anyone can use them to create mashups all over the Web.  They include Google Maps like this one:

There are also stock charts, news feeds, the weather, a Bitty Browser, video games like Pac-Man, Google videos, or space pics from Nasa. It’s the blunderbuss approach—spray your Web apps far and wide.

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