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The beautiful new Google Finance finally saves Google from running Yahoo Finance for its stock quotes. Search Engine Watch blogs all the technical analysis, but the fun bit is how rocky last night's launch was.

Last night, Google's front-page link to Finance went to a big old 404 message. So the link was taken down, despite scads of blog posts celebrating the new service.

But hey, that's what the beta tag is for. Everything worked by morning, and on opening day, Google Finance ran a victorious headline: "Google Finance launches and Japan beats Cuba." Good job, headline relevancy algorithm. Good job.

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