Google Music Search Officially Launched

Today Google is officially launching built-in music playback results on regular Google search queries.

Much has been made of this new feature, and it certainly will make it easier for users to get straight to a song they're looking for, but it's not something we're getting all that excited about. We'll admit that finding and playing back a song when all you've done is search for lyrics is kind of cool. Still, Google already puts video results from YouTube in the search results page, and more often than not they're what you're looking for, anyway.

Right now we're not seeing the updates in our results, but chances are you'll start seeing them in the next day or so if you aren't already.

Making search more musical [Official Google Blog]

Firefox 3.5.4 Security Update Available for Download

Mozilla just released a small security update for Firefox, bringing the 'fox to version 3.5.4. Like most of these updates, you're mostly looking at security issues and a few stability improvements. (You can read through the full changelog here. On the Mac, I was pretty keen to see the "slow script dialog appears while print dialogs are open" fix, since it's an annoyance I'd dealt with.) You should automatically be prompted to upgrade sometime in the next day or so, but if you don't feel like waiting, you can also go ahead and grab the latest yourself here. [Mozilla Developer Center]

Google Wave opens to 100,000 users today

googlewavebeta100000 According to the official Google blog, 100,000 invitations to Google's most hotly-anticipated new service, Google Wave, are going out today. Wave is being touted as a communication tool that reimagines the way email should work. So, who's getting invited to use this next-generation communication tool? Well, it helps if you signed up early for an invitation and wrote the Wave team a message offering to give feedback. If you're a developer who's been using the developer preview of Wave, you might also get an invitation, and some are going out to paying customers of Google Apps.
In their blog post, the Google Wave folks stress that - if you do land an invitation - you're not going to be playing with a finished product. Wave is still missing some crucial features, and bugs are going to be par for the course until the team starts using the feedback from these 100,000 new users to start identifying problems. Unfortunately, you won't be able to directly invite friends to Wave, but you will be able to nominate them for invitations.
Do you have a Wave invitation yet? What do you think of the service so far?