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Google balls mystery

Anyone switching on their pcs this morning can't have failed to notice that Google's home page is infiltrated by a large number of interactive coloured balls, which users can move around the screen.

Google's penchant for 'themed' logos usually tie in with anniversaries of historic events or birthdays of eminent figures. Users can also click on the logo for a detailed explanation of the event.

But today's homepage is a mystery. No links. No information. The web is going crazy with frustration as the world has been put on hold to solve the mystery.

Is it just a load of balls?

While no significant events have any relevance with today's 'Google Doodle', theories abound. The Buckyball recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, but Google has already used this idea for a theme. So here are our theories...

The logo seems to have been built using the new version of HTML, HTML5. Is Google about to make an announcement pertaining to this new language, which some say could usurp Flash as a means to view web videos and animations. Following Steve Jobs' announcement that Flash would not be suitable for the iPhone or iPad, is Google on the verge of revealing something soon...?

1927 - Eric Hill, British children's author born
Eric Hill wrote the legendary Spot The Dog books. Could this be Google's own Spot The Ball?

1934 - Mary Bauermeister, German artist born
Famed for her mixed media sculpture, Mary's work often utilised circular objects.

There are no less than 15 international footballers celebrating birthdays today, along with five baseball players and three basketball players.

Or perhaps the whole point is that it is a load of balls? If you have any theories, let us know.

Chris Shaw

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