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Google Engineers Never Sleep, They Just Keep Adding New Features

And those engineers at Yahoo and Microsoft also have been busy enhancing a bunch of their own products.

Google engineers never sleep, or at least that's the way it seems given the constant stream of new and improved features that have been appearing at various Google sites.

Beyond rolling out Google Desktop 5 Beta this week, they've just added the ability for those with Google Local business listings to upload photos of their business to Google Maps.

They've also integrated a Community Search feature into Google's online photo service Picasa, raised the storage allotment to 1 gigabyte, and simplified linking to photos or albums.

They've also improved Google Finance by adding videos, the ability to plot extended hours market data on charts, and portfolio sorting options.

And they're currently testing the addition of keyword search volume statistics for AdWords users. Such data is highly valuable when trying to decide whether, for example, "free" or "expensive" makes a better search term to buy.

Yahoo engineers appear to be quite busy too. This week, they rolled out the Yahoo Answers Network, a way to keep abreast of your contacts' interactions with Yahoo Answers. And they improved the usability of the Yahoo Toolbar for Internet Explorer and for Firefox.

Over at Microsoft, software engineers are surely putting in long hours on Live Search as well, though they seem less inclined to blog about their achievements. This week, they introduced two new Live Search gadgets (Windows Vista required).

Aren't you glad it's Friday?

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