The consensus on what explains the moving dots on Google's logo today seems to change by the hour. The company has shot down speculation that they're balloons celebrating the company's founding, telling Search Engine Land: "Today’s doodle is not related to a birthday but is fast, fun, and interactive, just the way we think search should be." Which prompts the blog to suspect they're related to a Google press conference tomorrow about search changes.
"Google has been slowly rolling out search results that update as the user is typing the query, for example, and that could be part of the announcement," adds the Digits blog at the Wall Street Journal. Fast Company likes the theory that because the bouncing balls are powered by the new CSS coding protocol, it's a pointed message against Adobe Flash. "This is a jokey but impressive demonstration of the power of future Web coding. ... Basically Google's saying 'look what the Web (possibly via our swanky browser, Chrome) will be capable of on our next birthday!'"