two google posts within a couple hours. must be a trend. froogle is collecting products that are on sale, and offers search (duh). its currently in beta, but once you get aggregated products from tens of thousands of sites, it gets interesting. conceivably, this increases pricing transparency (as you discover substitutes etc), and eliminates more slack out of the economic system. better prices for consumers -> greater good.
also if your bored, check out the glossary. always something new to learn. yummy: fistula N. (L. fistula, pipe) pathological or artificial pipe-like opening; water-conducting vessel – alt. trachea
update: joshua allen thinks this innocent service will turn into something completely different: if you could “push” your web pages to Google to be indexed, and Google already caches those pages for access, why would you even have a web server? If you publish to Google’s cloud, you get automatic indexing, metadata like who is linking to you, and more. And Google can add little semantic web-like features such as web quotes every few months to keep you hooked. Then, the advantages of a central index really kick in when metadata starts to explode. Obviously Google isn’t pushing the “we made a better Internet” angle yet, but they could — and the fact that they are so carefully surrounding key strategic bits of territory is not a coincidence.