Google Related is a brand new add-on for Chrome and an addition to Google’s toolbar for Explorer that aims to change the browsing experience and make it easy to find relevant information and content. The basic service that Related provides is in Google’s good old fashioned search: search anything on Google.com, and in addition to the regular search results, the Related bottom toolbar will show images and videos. One of the goals of Related is to offer relevant content that the user might have not thought of. A Google +1 button is integrated in the toolbar, to easily recommend content to your Google+ Friends.
While browsing in a business website like a hotel or a restaurant, for example, the toolbar will show extra information such as a specific location in a map, reviews, similar services, videos and more. The most practical feature that Google Related offers is the ability to access all the info above while staying on the same website – no more opening tabs for maps, YouTube, reviews etc.
The add-on can be used on news articles as well; while browsing an article the toolbar will offer other (related) articles, videos, quotes of the people mentioned, images etc. When browsing e-commerce websites, Related will provide suggestions like other websites with the same product, similar products, video reviews and images.
eBay is buying Israeli startup The Gifts Project for over $20 million. The Israeli firm will become an eBay development center in Israel, and will form eBay’s Israel Social Center and focus on building social shopping platforms and product features for eBay Marketplaces, said the Gifts Project.
The firm has developed a system that facilitates the group purchase of gifts. The application allows a number of people to join together to purchase a gift for a friend, or chip in a part of the price. It allows people to type in friends’ names and link them to a specific event, such as a birthday, via the person’s Facebook page – and then invite others to join in buying the gift – on eBay.