Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products and User Experience, from Google is on stage talking about Google Goggles (on Android for now) that lets you start a search with a picture you take by using image recognition (shape, color, OCR). Music and video will be next.
Next she talks about her vision of news : hyper-personalized news stream. The unit of news is no longer a whole newspaper but a story. A tool has to be built that gets the news we want and need and that can be consumed on multiple platforms.
She uses Twitter search to get information on snow conditions in ski resorts ! She believes social search will be very important in the future. PageRank can’t be used in realtime search so they are working on other mechanism that will rely on figuring out what are the “magic updates”.
Google Wave has a problem of critical mass.