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By Philip Ball  

What would email look like if it were invented today? Google thinks it has the answer with Google Wave: its new “personal communication and collaboration tool.” Developed by the team behind Google Maps, it promises to replace existing email with something more versatile—like a cross between email, chat rooms and blogs. Users can turn discussions into documents and spreadsheets, all visible and editable in the “email” window. And there’s a neat playback facility that allows the history of the evolving document to be re-enacted. Google thinks it’ll be valuable for scientific collaborations. Perhaps it may also help counteract email’s rapid…

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