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Old 05-05-2005, 02:57 AM   #1
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Google Offering Broadband WebAccelerator Beta

You've seen the ads before... speed up your browsing by paying an extra $5/month to your ISP for web acceleration. It pre-fetches and compresses sites for you, as well as sending only incremental change data where possible.

Well, you can get it such a product (but in beta) for free now at http://webaccelerator.google.com/, except this one is unique in that it's not targeted at low bandwidth dialup internet connections. In fact they say you might not see much difference with a dialup connection. They specifically say it's "[size=-1]Designed for Broadband[/size][size=-1] – Web pages load even more quickly on DSL and cable connections[/size]."

No benefits for downloads like MP3s, or https:// pages for security reasons. But I think it's really interesting if it ever becomes available for mobile browsing and for low bandwidth connections. But everything is going broadband, so it might be a losing proposition to spend too much development money on that direction.

I really like Google, but don't know that I'm that comfortable with them handling all my data on their servers. On the other hand, they already know everything about my surfing because I search through Google.
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Old 05-05-2005, 06:22 AM   #2
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What's in it for Google? Well, after reading the privacy policy you'll find out that they actually collect all your surfing data like ordinairy spyware and will probably use it at some future time.

Anyway, I am one person who is not going to install their newest feature.
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You know that feeling when somebody stands too close to you? That is how I feel with WebAccelerator. So this service is not for me either.
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This I found via InsideGoogle:

ry using Web Accelerator on a forum site, one with lots of geeks who love Google and probably already have Web Accelerator installed. Why, if you're lucky, you'll be logged in as someone else, as the folks at SomethingAwful.com discovered. The posters in that forum discovered that most of the times they refreshed the page, they were logged in as a different person, seeing their friend's control panel for the forums.

If Google isn't going to fix this problem ASAP, I will have to ban the IP range WebAccelerator uses
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Old 05-08-2005, 05:56 AM   #5
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Google has shut down the download site for its Web Accelerator, saying the beta is full (laughter). From Google:
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Thank you for your interest in Google Web Accelerator.
We have currently reached our maximum capacity of users and are actively working to increase the number of users we can support.
The download page is still up, though. You can get it from here: http://webaccelerator.google.com/dc.html
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Old 08-29-2005, 10:12 AM   #6
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Angry google webaccelerator

not available here also. i have tried the link and also entering the url in the address bar.
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