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Archived updates for Friday, October 15, 2004

Google Releases New Search Tools

According to an October 14, 2004 article in the Washington Post, "Google's new software, available as a free download from its Web site, not only indexes the full text of e-mail messages and word processing documents, but also gives people the option of creating a searchable archive of all Web pages they visit and all instant messages they send and receive with AOL software."

Last week, they also launched Google SMS. It's a way to access Google for precise information from your mobile phone or handheld device (like a BlackBerry). According to their website, here is how you use it --
  1. Enter your query as a text message. See some sample queries.
  2. Send the message to the US shortcode 46645 (GOOGL on most phones).
  3. Receive a text message (or messages) with your results, usually within a minute. Results may be labeled as "1of3", "2of3", etc.
  4. To get Google SMS help info sent directly to your phone, send the word 'help' as a text message to 46645.

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