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Here Comes Google’s Christmas (Er, Holiday) Greetings

Google’s annual holiday “Google Doodle” isn’t up on its main Google.com page yet. But it should be there soon, and it will look like this:

Search Engine Land’s Barry Schwartz notes that the doodle is already showing up on other Google properties, though the accompanying message seems to vary depending on the territory. Google Australia, for instance, goes with “Happy Holidays,” but Google Korea wishes visitors a “Merry Christmas.” If you were desperate for news on a pre-Christmas Eve Friday morning, you might try to make a controversy out of that. But that would be silly.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus