Google Inc. is preparing to offer its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in four new metro areas, the latest step in a careful expansion of the service.

Google will announce launches of Google Fiber in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. in coming days, according to two people familiar with the situation.

via WSJ

My first reaction to Google Buzz:

Ok, so it integrates with Gmail. Did it ever occur to anyone at Google that it might just expose a lot of e-mail addresses to spammers? And that not everyone you follow on places like Twitter (or that want to follow you) on Twitter are people that you want to have your e-mail?

Or that people that you MUST exchange e-mail with aren’t necessarily people you want snooping your social network?

Google’s rolling out Video/Audio Chat in Gmail. That’s a picture of the settings with my mug on video.

Want to try it for yourself? You’ll need a Gmail account… then go to
and install the plug-in. After you get it installed, it should take you to the Settings->Chat menu where you can configure your camera.

If you don’t see it, Google hasn’t activated it in your account yet. Be patient. It wasn’t on for me earlier this evening and when I checked again, it was up and running.