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Quick Hits: Google Saves World From Email Faux Pas


Brief scrutiny of today's headlines.

Though Google's (GOOG) stock is now trading at about half what it was a year ago, the company's third-quarter earnings still beat analyst's estimates.

The search behemoth maintains that it "can better weather economic downturns than its rivals due to the reliability and transparency of its web search ads." But there may also be hope in Android, Google's new cell phone interface, which will debut on T-Mobile next Wednesday. The cell phone provider has received a reported 1.5 million pre-orders for the new phone. The company also seeks to increase revenue via Youtube (for which it paid $1.65 billion in 2006) by selling music through both Amazon (AMZN) and iTunes (AAPL).

And Gmail, Google's hugely popular free email service, now offers a number of new features and applications, including one called Mail Goggles. Intended to keep users from sending ill-advised drunken emails, the application forces users to answer a set of complex mathematical questions to prove they are of sound and sober mind before sending any messages to ex-girlfriends, bosses or tax collectors.

This is good news for investors - who may be tempted to go on a bender or two in an economy where not even Google is safe.
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