3/17/2005

Google X Disappear

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:42 am

Google’s latest technology experiment paid tribute to Apple Computer, but the Mac OS X-themed version of the search king’s Web site was taken down a day after its debut.

Google software engineer Chikai Ohazama played up his work, Google X, on the company’s blog on Tuesday. Located on Google’s test site, Google X featured an alternate way to connect to various services, allowing people to click on a series of graphical icons in a method inspired by a feature in Apple’s operating system.

As of Wednesday afternoon, however, the Web page was inaccessible.

The site functioned much like the Dock feature that exists in Apple’s OS X. There was a row of icons for various Google services, and as a user hovered over a particular icon, it was magnified. The similar Dock feature on the Mac exists at the bottom of the screen, allowing a user to quickly get to frequently used programs, documents and Web sites.

Google specifically called out the similarity with a message on the Google X page. “Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you,” the message said.

Apple has sought patent protection for the “Genie Effect” used in the Dock.

Google and Apple representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Source: News.com

 

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