Google has "upgraded" its homepage with a new gimmick. As they explain on their blog: "For the vast majority of people who come to the Google homepage, they are coming in order to search..." so they removed everything else. With a swipe of the mouse, the page and all its functions fade back in...

I can't say I'm thrilled. But on the other hand, I really like the fact that Google is still experimenting, and trying out new things and unique approaches to indifferent problems. I mean, really... did you ever consider the shortcut links as obtrusive or distracting until now?