I absolutely should not be doing this, because I don’t want the competition for this competition (ha ha) but at this link: Crime Always Pays: The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books, you can enter to win a copy of the long-awaited (in my case) In the Woods by Tana French, just published in paperback in the UK. This is a very generous act by Declan Burke of the blog Crime Always Pays (link above) and Hodder Headline Ireland, the publisher.
Thanks, Declan — and while I am mentioning you I’ll just add that you have written a pretty spiffing crime caper yourself, The Big O, which Petrona can highly recommend. Not that I am trying to get into your good books to be one of the winners of your draw, heaven forbid I would stoop to such tactics.
Take your eyes off Google for five minutes and you miss a lot. Two recent announcements:
"The Google Email/Share button allows you to easily share or email any web-page with your friends. Your shared stuff page is publicly visible and allows you to share stuff with your friends and on the web. Whenever you see the Google sharing button, on our sites or any other, click it to share the current webpage in whatever way you prefer!" At the link, you can make a bookmarklet so you can just add an "email/share" option to any page very easily. (I’m going to try to do it on this one when I’ve finished the post. Later: well, this seems to be it. (??) ) There are a few other things you can do with it, also (see the Google page at the link).
Perhaps more usefully, or at any rate soberly, there is now Google Presentations, the company’s answer to Microsoft PowerPoint. Those familiar with Google Docs&Spreadsheets won’t be surprised to learn that Presentations is a collaborative way to make a slideshow. (GD&S has as a result shortened its name to Google Docs, probably a wiser decision than calling it GDS&P.) Anyway, to see what it looks like, go to your Google Docs page (or open an account), click on "new" over at the left, then click on Presentations. Other than that, there isn’t (yet?) much in the way of official announcements from Google, but here is the post on the official Google blog when the news was first given.