A new homepage for Google

Google’s homepage has been minimalist since its inception. The company’s logo with a little box for your search query and two buttons welcome you to their site and that’s about it. If you compare it to their rivals like Yahoo!, it certainly looks bland and boring.
It seems like Google’s minimalist homepage have its days numbered. The company has begun testing a new design for their website. If visitors click the logo, a menu pops out revealing Google’s top services (Google+, Search, Images, Maps, YouTube, News, Gmail and Documents) add to that a “More” option with submenus that gives you access to Reader, Calendar, Books and Shopping.
The design is still not available to all users. The upgraded homepage can be viewed by selected individuals in English language markets.
It’s obvious that Google is pushing for their social networking website, Google+, to the top. The company has placed it in the topmost portion over their other services. This comes as a much needed push for the young site.
The new look resembles Google’s Web-dependent Chrome OS that is available on selected Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer. Chromebooks have been in the market for over a year.
Google’s minimalist design started in the 90’s when they had a logo, search bar and button and an “I’m feeling lucky” tab.

British Telecom sues Google over Android

If think Google has been subjected to too much patent entanglements already (remember Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and eBay lawsuits?) due to their Android platform, think again.

The search giant now faces another slew of patent infringement cases from one of UK’S biggest telecommunications company, British Telecom.

If there’s any difference in this patent case filed against Google from the others however, is that BT isn’t settling for just the Android infringement case. They are also filing cases against infringement in Google’s other products like Maps, Search, Music, Books, Offers, and their latest, the Google+ social network.

BT is claiming billions of dollars for “willful and deliberate infringement” for their six key patents which were allegedly infringed by Google and its products.

Florian Müller, an independent expert on international patient litigation says that the Android has already faced “more than enough” intellectual problems already. “Now Google faces one more large organisation that believes its rights are infringed. BT probably wants to continue to be able to do business with all mobile device makers and therefore decided to sue Google itself,” he adds.

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