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March 8, 2006

Google Cover Up Revealed! Meet Google CL2!

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It’s coming – just not anytime soon. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch got his lucky hands on some ‘leaked screenshots’ of Google Calendar, currently nicknamed CL2. The site was experiencing some technical difficulties this morning (sparking office speculation of a Google cover up!) but it seems to be up and running just fine now (foiled!).

Early reports say 200 beta testers are currently assessing the anxiously awaited CL2, which looks to be a traditional calendar with an AJAX twist. The calendar will allegedly be tightly integrated with Gmail, and will allow users to integrate their CL2 calendar with other calendar programs and use SMS (Short Messaging Service) notification systems.

Some known features include:

  • Subscription feeds for iCal and XML.
  • Event creation, search functions, multiple keyword shortcuts, sharing, notifications (including email, SMS, and pop-ups).
  • Separate personal and group calendars.
  • A searchable events database with a public webpage (for public events) to share details.
  • The option to make your calendar public, private or just show what times you are busy.
  • You can add other calendars by searching public calendars, friend’s calendars, holiday calendars, or by entering a public calendar address (iCal or Atom).

The calendar program appears to use a clean, blue and white interface and should be a power tool for users. The login screen is currently lurking on Google servers, but unless you’re one of the (very, very) blessed 200 beta users it won’t get you far. Beta-haters who do enter a login are treated to an ‘invalid request’ message.

For those who just can’t get enough, the blogoscope is running this image.

Get excited!

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