Webmaster Central comes through with some interesting bits about Googlebot and its downloads .
Google Earth and Google Maps get big updates: http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/09/huge_update_to.html.
Google Open Sources OCR code: http://www.ddj.com/dept/opensource/192600114.
Software learns new words from Wikipedia: NewScientistTech.com.
Cute utility that generates signs, official seals, capitioned photographs, etc: http://www.says-it.com/.
The National Library of Scotland is going to start storing blogs: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2090-2351051,00.html.