The addition of the new Beta Local on the Google homepage begs the question how many links does it take to be called a portal?
Come on guys roll it out. I know you have it designed and sitting in some area of the GooglePlex on an offline computer that only the priviledged get to see. Sort of like stolen masterpieces...
Okay how about we just start "Beta calling" your homepage - The Google Portal!
Anyway check out the new front page, seems Google likes having at least one item permanently called new.