Google Wave: What it is and how it works

Google's new platform consolidates various communications and social-networking technologies into a single Web application.

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Google Wave is open source for a reason: it can be expanded through third-party development to include new tools and features. You can add polls, wiki entries, RSS feeds and even play games using Google Wave, thanks to its HTML5 base and connection to the Google Web Development Toolkit. Google has also made several APIs available to help third-party developers create new "gadgets" and features for the Web application.

Google has gone so far as to allow anyone to host a wave server. Rather than being centrally located on Google's own servers, any developer who wishes to incorporate Google wave onto their own Web site can use the Wave protocol to host the content locally.

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