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Could Google Bouncing Doodle Be Linked To Mysterious Invite?

Google's fancy doodle which was launched today apparently to mark the company's 12th birthday could be a hint at something else according to two separate sources.

A rather mysterious message saying "Today’s doodle is fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be" accompanied the doodle and a spokesperson for Google told Channel 4 news to "watch this space" (opens in new tab).

Webuser (opens in new tab) also points to a press conference in San Francisco, that's due to happen tomorrow between 0930 and 1300 PST, one where Google will share their latest technological innovation and allow a select few to get "an inside look at the evolution of Google search".

The speakers will include Marissa Mayer, Johanna Wright, Ben Gomes and Othar Hansson, all of whom are top brass at Google.

The various rumours going round the web over what will be announced include a HTML5-based product (the bouncing balls doodle is HTML5 based and so is Chrome 5), a deliberate attempt by Google to encourage people to upgrade their browsers or something to do with a visual version of Google search, following the acquisition of Like.com by Google.

Interestingly, thiis is the third time that Google is allowing resource-intensive animated logos on its frontpage, one that not only increases the bandwidth required to display the page but also sucks precious CPU cycles.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.