It sounds like Google will have a big week. From comes news that Google might release their IM client this Wednesday and along with that says that the new Google Desktop beta approaches mini-OS functionality (wow – check the hype) with widgets for weather, stocks, news and more. To me this looks like like their Yahoo! Widgets competitor. As with Yahoo! Widgets, it comes with an API to build your own plug-ins. Among the included ones is “Webclips” – a RSS/Atom reader. Related: USAToday article. Looks like there is some predictive personalization going on. I gotta check this out.

In semi-related news Kottke slams Technorati and sings the praises of */