An article in the Australian Herald Sun (and noted in the Beyond Search blog) states that within a few years Google will have a working translator phone. Yes, you heard right. You speak English, and the guy on the other end hears Mandarin (or French or...). This is, as Beyond Search noted, a very Star Trek-y advance in communications.
In other news, CNN interviewed Derek Slater, a policy analyst at Google about universality of access and the benefits of improving broadband in the U.S.