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Quite a few early risers emailed us today about an interesting change overnight at Google. Seems that the personalized Google homepage they usually visit had been secretly replaced with... Folgers Crystals? No, iGoogle. Did Google buy Apple? Is there a merger in our future? Wha'appen?

Call off the dogs: Google's official blog notes the name change as simply the externalization of what had been company shorthand for the 'personalized home page' feature. Also released today are 22 new localizations of iGoogle and a 'make your own gadget' feature to add interactive blocks to your Google homepage. That's gotta sting for these other items called iGoogle (a Windows app and a Dashboard widget, respectively).

Phew. Wheeze. Where's my inhaler?

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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