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The Web giant's latest round of product cuts includes a failed real-time collaboration tool, a browser plug-in, and a stab at reducing renewable-energy costs.
The Knol project for sharing and storing bits of information hasn't set the world afire. But it's cheap to run, has some potential, and shouldn't be written off yet.
Writing a knol article on Google--something akin to a Wikipedia entry--can make you feel authoritative and empowered, until someone comes along and contradicts you.
The search giant says Knol authors can also add New Yorker magazine cartoons to their pages and make money from ads accompanying the articles.
Will Google ever launch Knol, its wiki-plus-Blogger experiment? It is being compared to Wikipedia and Mahalo, with a focus on the author.
On Friday's edition of the Daily Debrief, CNET reporters Kara Tsuboi and Elinor Mills discuss Knol, Google's new competitor to Wikipedia.
Now in beta, the "knol project" aims to present authoritative articles; once project goes live, contributors can monetize their pages.