So Google used horizontal partitioning
to split load across servers? Wow, that's rocket science. None of us in the database community have thought of doing this before. :-)
But, if you want to find some news here, you can. One nice thing that Google did recently was to donate their horizontal partitioning code for Hibernate to the open source community. Hibernate Shards
definitely needs a lot of work to get it to the point where it does a lot of stuff that people would want, but, hey, release early and often!