Google takes Flight, touches Base

That giant information hoover called Google has gone into overdrive again – it's testing two new services, Flight and Base, that will balloon it

That giant information hoover called Google has gone into overdrive again – it's testing two new services, Flight and Base, that will balloon its ever-increasing database even further.Google Flight, currently being tested, will let you make quick checks on airline flight information. You'll be able to type in two different cities or airport codes and instantly get info like departing and returning dates.There'll also be links to travel sites Expedia, Hotwire and Orbitz which will give you flight offers and information relating to the options you've chosen. The timing's certainly no coincidence - Yahoo only recently unveiled its Trip Planner beta which lets users create personal trip itineries.Meanwhile, the much broader Google Base is a platform for databases containing just about any type of information, which it will then make searchable online for free. This means it could potentially be used for many different purposes – for sharing collections of scientific information, services from your company or even classified listings, which could bring it into competition with eBay and craigslist.Neither service has been launched officially yet, but that hasn't stopped the online community speculating about the scale of Base. Many are lauding it as the 'death of eBay', but we're not so sure - eBay's so slick at what it does and has such a critical mass of punters and items that it'll take something special to kill off the auction behemoth.Related stories:Goodbye Gmail, hello Google MailGoogle Talk