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What you missed at Google's developer conference

Google I/O, the company’s two-day developer conference in San Francisco, is wrapping up right now. It has been a real barrage of news from the search giant and related companies, so I’ll recap in case you haven’t been keeping up.

The biggest announcement was the unveiling of Google TV, a previously-rumored service for accessing the Internet and also Android applications on your television. For one thing, this means you’ll be able to watch the entire YouTube video library from your couch.

Google announced a number of partners for the service, including Sony, which will make a Google TV-enabled television, and Logictech, which is building a “companion box” and other devices. TV Web startup Boxee says it sees Google TV as a complement, not a competitor. And while other Web-on-your-TV platforms haven’t taken off, Google executives said the “fundamental difference” to their approach is its openness.

And here are links to the rest of our coverage. The word “launch” comes up a lot:

Clicker launches Internet-based video guide based on HTML5 at Google I/O — Clicker, a television guide for the Web, announced the launch of Clicker.tv, a Web-based application that gives users an easy way to find and watch the videos they are looking for on the Internet.

Google Wave, a novel collaboration tool, takes on Microsoft Office, Outlook, Hotmail all at once — Google launched a public version of Google Wave, a clever but complex tool that lets small teams of people collaborate in real-time without sitting in the same room.

Google launches business-app platform with VMware — Google is expanding the reach of App Engine, its platform for Web applications.

Google building a store for Web applications — Sundar Pichai, a vice president of product management at Google, demonstrated a new company service that he says represents his company’s attempt to solve two of the big problems facing Web developers — discoverability and monetization.

Google, Mozilla, and Opera launch WebM open video project — Google has spent a lot of time evangelizing for open formats for Web applications and media. At the conference, it took another step in that direction by announcing a new free, open-source video technology called WebM.

Chrome reaches 70 million users, from 30 million last June — Google’s Chrome browser has more than doubled its user base since last June.

Google’s enterprise strategy: humility? — In contrast to its domination of Web search, Google is seen as an up-and-comer when it comes to enterprise tools, and Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra offered the following answer about how Google might succeed: “It’s a matter of being humble.”

Location apps that control your heaters are coming with Google’s Latitude API — Google has paved the way for all sorts of interesting personal apps based on location, and it launched a new application programming interface for Latitude, its service for letting people share their location.

Google Buzz API connects your social data to other apps — Google Buzz, the company’s social networking tool for sharing updates and content with your friends, is opening its data to outside developers with a new application programming interface (API).

Investor Dave McClure: “Open is for losers” — A group of investors argued heatedly about the value of open versus closed technology on a panel at the conference. Dave McClure, who oversees the seed investing program at Founders Fund, kicked things off with a provocative statement: “Open is for losers.”

Adobe unveils Flash for Android — After all the debate about whether or not Adobe’s Flash is the right technology for smartphones, owners of phones using Google’s Android operating system should finally be able to try it out for themselves.

With Android update, Google comes out swinging against Apple — Google Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced the latest update to its Android smartphone operating system. My summary of Gundotra’s remarks would boil down to, “Take that, Apple.”

Google TV demo stumbles over connectivity problems — The company’s big announcement hit some amusing glitches.

Google gives a sneak peek at what could be an iTunes competitor — Google gave a brief glimpse of what appears to be a Web-based competitor to Apple’s iTunes Store.

Android inventor Andy Rubin: Nexus One store “didn’t pan out” — Google’s Andy Rubin, one of the Android operating system’s inventors, talked about the pluses and minuses of Google’s experiment with the Nexus One phone.

Google evangelist Vic Gundotra is the company’s new star — Google-watchers, add this name next to Sergey and Larry.

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