Google's 10 best (and worst) innovations of the year

Google rolled out a number of cool products this year, but not all of them can be home runs. Here's a look at the best and worst of Google this year.

By Kristin Burnham , CIO |  Internet, gmail, Google

Hot: Google Reader Play

Combing through your Google Reader each morning can get...well...a little monotonous. Google Reader Play is a new way to browse articles, blogs and more on the Web. To get started, visit the site and scroll through the items by clicking the arrow on the right, or just use the right and left arrow keys on your keyboard to browse.

Reader Play uses the same technology as the "recommended items" feed in Reader to identify the most interesting pages on the Internet. When you use the tool, Google keeps track of what you star, like or share, and will show you similar items the next time you visit the site. It also transfers these items to your Reader account. Another cool feature: Reader Play has a built-in TV icon button that begins a slideshow of the items in your queue, taking the guesswork out of navigating.

[ See also: Why I'm quitting Google Reader ]

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