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Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

While we're sitting here trying to come to terms with the realization that we probably couldn't live without Google, those living in China were actually forced to go without access to the big G's services. We heard on Friday that Google had been blocked in China, perhaps because the Chinese government was in the process of choosing new leadership. Google said at the time that everything was fine on its end, which suggested that a block was responsible for the dip in traffic the company experienced.

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Google services blocked by Chinese government

Google services blocked by Chinese government

Alas, Google has been stuffed behind China's Great Firewall once again as the country prepares for the election of its new leader, Xi Jinping. Anyone who tries to access Google, Gmail, Maps, or many other of the company's services will find themselves with a whole lot of nothing. In addition, overall Internet speeds were low throughout the country.

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Google expands personalized results in Gmail and Search

Google expands personalized results in Gmail and Search

Google tested a limited field run of a new search method that integrates a user's Gmail and Drive with search in Gmail so that files, emails, and documents that are relevant to the search term appear in the search results as you type. Back in August when this started, the feature was a hit, according to Google, prompting the company to expand field run to more users. As of today, anyone can join the field test to get personalized search results.

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Google adds over 100 language input tools to Gmail

Google adds over 100 language input tools to Gmail

Whether you're bilingual and regularly write emails in multiple languages, or you occasionally need to insert a word containing different alphabet letters or symbols into an email, Gmail's new input tools will make the task easy. Google has added over 100 new virtual language "keyboards" to Gmail. When enabled, the input tools feature allows you to type a word phonetically using an English keyboard, and it will automatically be transliterated into the correct symbols or alphabet.

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Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

With a number of business "going Google," the massive search company has launched the first set of Google+ features for businesses. With this "initial set" of features now available, Google is letting all Google Apps customers get an early look at them in a "full preview mode." This preview allows businesses already using Google Apps to try out these Google+ features through the end of 2013 for free, with Google working to improve its offerings during that time.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

Welcome to Thursday folks, just one more work day before arriving at the weekend. Today we had next to nothing about the Apple vs. Samsung trial, except for the news that a similar South Korean trial has been frozen for fear of it becoming too similar to the one being held here in the US. The lack of Apple vs. Samsung news leaves room for far more interesting things, however, like space! The Curiosity rover sent back a color panoramic shot of the surface of Mars along with its first full resolution image, and it's a pretty awesome sight. Sadly, it wasn't all exciting news for NASA today, as the Morpheus moon lander failed during a flight test and exploded into flames. Luckily no one was hurt, but this is still a pretty big setback for the folks at NASA.

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