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Gmail out of betaGoogle Apps is finally out of beta, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk.The software giant does defend its decision to keep the beta versions of its apps around for so long, saying it differs from the traditional definition of beta as its Google Apps have service level agreements, 24/7 support and standards that meet or exceed non-beta software. Software tagged beta traditionally represents an unfinished product that is still being tested for bugs.

safari4Apple released a beta version of their Safari 4 web browser for Mac OS X and Windows the next generation of its Internet Web browser. What’s new? Well Apple has a huge list of 150 features (not all of them new) online, but the biggies are a claimed speed increase in running Javascript (the Apple website claims “Safari 4 executes JavaScript up to 6 times faster than Internet Explorer 8 and up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1.”), Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; Cover Flow, to easily flip through web history or bookmarks; and Tabs on Top, to make tabbed browsing easier.

Apple also said that Safari 4 is the first browser to support advanced CSS Effects that enable highly polished web graphics using reflections, gradients and precision masks.

The new beta version is available for download at Apple’s Safari Web page with both Windows and Mac OS versions ready for testing.

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google_street-view1A select bunch of Japanese journalists, professors and lawyers recently demanded Google to shut down its Street View service in Japan, touting claims that it violates people’s privacy.

Street View provides close-up photographic views of areas on Google Earth satellite images, and some of those images picture people and their homes along with roads, other buildings and other landscape features.

Due to Japan’s strict privacy protections, citizens have the right to have any images that they feel invade their privacy removed, so we’re guessing that this petition might find favour with Japanese authorities.

google chromegoogle chromeGoogle has announced that Chrome is no longer a beta. Google’s Chrome Internet browser is now available for download for Windows,  Google says it is working on support for Mac OS X and Linux.It will allow users to perform Google searches straight from the address bar, which will return suggestions for searches and web pages as they type.

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