Google to offer themes for personalized home page

Want to add some pizzazz to your Google personalized home page? Google this week is offering six different themes that people can use to decorate their page. Google typically prefers simple, clean text-only pages for its sites, with the notable exception being the doodle on its main search page. With this announcement Google is recognizing that some people might want to add some some color to their personalized home pages.

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The themes include a beach, cityscape, Japanese tea house, four seasons, sky and bus stop. They will change dynamically depending on the time of day and weather conditions. For example, the beach scene will show a sunrise or sunset that corresponds to the local times for them and characters in the bus stop theme will hold umbrellas if it is raining.

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