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Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 08:00 am PT (11:00 am ET)

Google offers public commitment to the Mac

Google on Monday went public with its commitment to Apple Computer's Mac platform, launching a new Mac Blog which pinpoints some of the efforts that are underway and targeted at users of the Mac OS X operating system.

"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," the company said. "We're pretty serious about that mission, including the 'universally accessible' part. It means making products that everyone can use — including Mac users."

Google said its goal is to provide "great products and services" to the tens of millions of Mac users around the world, because "it's the right thing to do," and because Mac users "inside and outside Google demand it."

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company says it has recruited some of "the best, most passionate Mac people out there" for its Mac Engineering team. Already it has deployed Dashboard widgets that allow Mac users to check their Gmail, post to their blogs, and view search histories.

"In addition to these, you might have noticed some other Mac goodness showing up in Google products such as Safari support for Google Calendar , full Mac support for Google Video, and the Mac version of Google Earth," the company added.

Also Monday, Google announced that has agreed to acquire video file-sharing site YouTube in a $1.65 billion stock-for-stock transaction aimed at generating new ad revenue opportunities and bolstering its existing Google Video service.

In September, Newsweek reported that Apple and Google had been in discussion about making files from Google Video easily accessible on Apple's upcoming $299 iTV set-top-box. The two companies also appear to be working on integrating Google Maps into Apple's iPhoto.