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Google Base Online Classifieds Service

Search giant Google has launched Google Base, a new service that allows users to post classified ads, similar to Craigslist or eBay, in addition to almost any information, product or service that users wish to have indexed by Google or offer for sale.

"Remember, our goal is to organize the world's information and make it universally useful and accessible, and 'the world's information' certainly includes almost anything you might wish to contribute," the company says in the Google Base FAQ. "We encourage you to submit your item, whether it's your store inventory, collection of original poetry, or research paper on cancer receptors."

The free listing service is also currently free of advertisements. Depending on relevance, ads posted on Google Base will also show up in searches on Google, Froogle and Google Local.

"We saw there were large instances of information we didn't have and couldn't make searchable," Salar Kamangar, Google vice president for product management, told The New York Times. "We realized that we could make it possible for people to make information on information available."

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