Friday, February 26, 2010

News About Google-26-Feb-2010

  • Latest Changes to Video Page: New Playlist Experience, Integrated Comments & More

    February 25, 2010

    The video page overhaul that's underway now is one of the biggest redesigns in YouTube history. It's been a month since we offered a sneak peek of the new look and functionality, and in that time we've been gathering your feedback, looking at data, and tweaking elements to ensure that the page is as clean and useful as it can be. Here's what's changed since our last post on the topic:

    New playlist interface: We've introduced a new playlist design and introduced an AutoPlay On/Off switch that controls whether you automatically go to

  • Follow up on Product Ideas for YouTube

    February 25, 2010

    Now that Product Ideas for YouTube has closed, we wanted to update you. Mia from the YouTube team has posted an excellent recap on the YouTube blog, including answers to your ideas about HTML5 and a cleaner video page.

    For more information, take a look at the YouTube blog, and feel free to go back to the Product Ideas series for YouTube. While the series is closed to voting and new questions, you can still see what other users had to say, and view our responses.

    It's always very exciting to hear what you have to say on Product Ideas

  • Better site traffic data and new name for Google Ad Planner

    February 25, 2010

    Already, tens of thousands of AdSense publishers have used Google Ad Planner to share information about their website with advertisers. We are continuing to invest in the product in order to provide the deepest, most accurate data possible. To that end, we have improved how we calculate site traffic by over 10%, upgraded the way we publish opt-in Google Analytics data from publishers, and renamed the product to DoubleClick Ad Planner. Visit the DoubleClick blog to read more about the new product features and new name.

    As always, anyone can

  • Report from XMMS2Con

    February 25, 2010

    The XXMS2 Team Hard at Work
    Photo by S├ębastien Cevey

    Last weekend I arranged and participated in the first XMMS2Con. For those not familiar with XMMS2, it's a cross-platform Free software media player software suite that allows you to play audio files, manage your music libraries and more. Usually we do our yearly meetup at FOSDEM, but this year it wasn't possible for a couple of us to join, so I entertained the idea of a special meetup. We got a lot of things done and a lot of code merged.

    First of all, we released the latest version

  • A meeting of the minds: Google's 2010 EMEA Faculty Summit

    February 25, 2010

    As the world's premier athletes assembled in Vancouver for the Winter Games, Googlers in the equally snowy Zurich, Switzerland were preparing for a prestigious event of a different sort. On February 8, 100 top academics from 62 leading universities throughout EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) descended upon our Zurich engineering headquarters for our third annual Faculty Summit — three days of in-depth technical presentations, discussions and networking sessions, all targeted at strengthening partnerships with EMEA's foremost computer science

  • Trend to Watch: Shopping Focused on Key Promotional Periods (3 of 4)

    February 25, 2010

    In addition to the extended shopping cycle and increased online research, we've also found that purchases were concentrated around key promotional periods such as the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, last minute, and post-holiday time periods.

    Taking a look at when consumers completed the majority of their purchasing in the graph below, we find that almost one quarter of consumers completed the majority of their purchasing over the 4-day Thanksgiving Weekend (Black Friday - Cyber Monday), while another 14% completed the majority of their purchasing

  • How are you using LayOut?

    February 25, 2010

    Over the years, we've gotten to know a lot about how our customers are using SketchUp Pro. What we've learned has helped us to educate professionals in other, related fields, and has done a lot to influence the development of our product. In short, we love to see what you do with the tools we make.

    When it comes to LayOut -- SketchUp Pro's 2D companion app -- I think there's an opportunity for us to learn even more. Since LayOut 2 launched in late 2008, we've seen a huge increase in usage, but we don't have as many user stories as we'd like

  • 3D Buildings get smart

    February 25, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Lat Long Blog)

    The 3D buildings in Google Earth are a great way to understand an area visually, and they just got better at conveying information about the place itself. Currently, you can click on model that was created by 3D modelers using tools like Google SketchUp and Google Building Maker to open a balloon.

    Today, we've added two new sections to those balloons: Photos of nearby places and Nearby places.

    Not only can you learn more about the place from the balloon, but you can also dig deeper

  • This stuff is tough

    February 25, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google European Public Policy Blog)

    Yesterday's news that the European Commission has opened a preliminary inquiry into competition complaints from three companies has generated a lot of questions about how Google's ranking works. Here, Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow responsible for ranking, who has worked in search for almost 20 years, explains the principles behind our algorithm.

    Pop quiz. Get ready. You're only going to have a few milliseconds to answer this

  • Live, and Taking Your Questions: Health Care Summit on YouTube

    February 24, 2010

    While some people are calling it the most important political event of the year and others deem it political theater, one thing is clear: today's health care summit, featuring President Obama and top legislators from both bodies of Congress, will be a fascinating look into the inner workings of Washington. Democratic and Republican party leaders will engage in direct dialogue on an issue that has consumed the political landscape for the past year, and we'll be streaming the summit live on CitizenTube (, so you'll be

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Technical News-26-Feb-2010

  • BSNL Offers Free Content, Installation of Broadband Services

    February 26, 2010

    Filed under: News : Telecom

    State-run telecom operator BSNL today said it will offer free content like games and music and waive off installation fee for its new broadband customers. Read more

  • Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

    February 26, 2010

    Trailrunner7 writes "SQL injection has become perhaps the most widely used technique for compromising Web applications, thanks to both its relative simplicity and high success rate. It's not often that outsiders get a look at the way these attacks work, but a well-known researcher is providing just that. Rafal Los showed a skeptical group of executives just how quickly he could compromise one of their sites using SQL injection, and in the process found that the site had already been hacked and was

  • News to know: Palm; Citibank; Apple; smartphones; Windows support;

    February 26, 2010

    Palm's wipeout and Citibank's blog faux pas top today's headlines

  • Sprint says Palm Pre, Pixi webOS 1.4 update will drop soon

    February 26, 2010

    Although there's been some back and forth about whether or not it's going to happen, Sprint has said that there will be a Palm Pre and Pixi webOS 1.4 update available some time today or tomorrow - maybe.

  • Isolated Australia in social networking craze (AFP)

    February 26, 2010

    Danielle Warby checks her facebook site on a computer in Sydney on February 25. Warby is one the large number of Australian Web users who are at the forefront of the social networking craze, posting, poking and Twittering nearly seven hours a month - more than the United States, Britain or Japan.(AFP/Greg Wood)AFP - From the moment she wakes in inner-west Sydney, Danielle Warby is online.

  • RM launches fiber optics Raceway System

    February 26, 2010

  • Petra sets record, sells diamond for $35 million

    February 26, 2010

    LONDON (Reuters) - Petra Diamonds sold a 507-carat diamond for $35.3 million on Friday, breaking a record as the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond.

  • Cynicism in both India and Pakistan after talks

    February 26, 2010

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Commentators in both India and Pakistan greeted on Friday the first official talks between their countries since the 2008 Mumbai attacks with a degree of cynicism even though no breakthrough had been expected.

  • LG Launches Watch Phone in India

    February 26, 2010

    This stylish phone comes with scratch-proof tempered glass, 3G

  • Botnet shutdown divides experts

    February 26, 2010

    Security experts are divided over Microsoft's legal move to shut down the Waledac botnet that sent billions of junk messages.

  • ChatRoulette: Webcam Social Network and Naked Strangers

    February 26, 2010

    New website ChatRoulette lets strangers watch one another doing -- well, you don't want to know

  • Google Internet-Connection Plan Aims for High Speeds

    February 26, 2010

    Google is ready to take a step toward fixing one of its longest-held gripes: the speed of Internet connections in the U.S.

  • Brokers Cut Commissions to Boost Investor Interest

    February 26, 2010

    Trading stocks is getting cheaper -- very fast -- thanks to a round of price-cutting by major discount brokers. Is more to come?

  • U.S. vs. Swiss Tax Cheats: A Whistleblower Ignored

    February 26, 2010

    When Bradley Birkenfeld turned himself in to U.S. authorities he is said to have offered to wear a wire to gather evidence against U.S. tax cheats, but was turned down. If so, why did the U.S. Government decline?

  • The Carry Trade: Betting on Bad Currencies like the Euro

    February 26, 2010

    No matter where stock markets go, savvy hedge funds find profits in the rise and fall of currencies, plying what's known as the carry trade. The smart money these days is betting against the euro and the yen

  • Toyota Prius Recall, Safety Problems: Previous Warnings

    February 26, 2010

    For decades, Toyota and U.S. government agencies have been negotiating over a growing list of safety issues. A history of major events pertaining to Toyota's acceleration-related problems

  • Music Company EMI's Debt Load Makes Survival Doubtful

    February 26, 2010

    EMI, the world's fourth largest record company, is on the verge of financial ruin after announcing losses of $2.5 billion last year. Can the venerable musicmaker survive?

  • Thain, Merrill Lynch Execs Find Top Jobs on Wall Street

    February 26, 2010

    John Thain is the latest ex-Merrill Lynch executive to land a high-profile, high-paying job. Across the financial landscape, former Merrill execs are sitting pretty -- an ironic twist for a firm that almost went belly up

  • Banking: Should Wall Street Cease Proprietary Trading?

    February 26, 2010

    President Obama and adviser Paul Volcker are calling for banks to stop engaging in proprietary trading. Is this smart? Is it even possible?

  • Toyota Woes: Corporate Culture's Role in Epic Breakdown

    February 26, 2010

    Toyota was the world's most admired automaker, a company that had redefined manufacturing. Then the recalls started. What can other firms learn from a corporate culture that went horribly wrong?

  • EMI files "Down Under" royalties appeal (Reuters)

    February 26, 2010

    Reuters - Record company EMI will appeal against a court ruling that Australian Grammy-award winning band Men at Work stole a section of the famous 1980s hit, "Down Under," from a popular folk song.

  • Tiny ear listens to hidden worlds

    February 26, 2010

    A micro-ear could soon help scientists eavesdrop on tiny events just like microscopes make them visible.

  • They're Here: Cheap Android Smartphones

    February 26, 2010

    New low-cost smartphones running Google's Android software have launched in Taiwan recently and they should start showing up just about everywhere soon.

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  • When PC Ports of Console Games Go Wrong

    February 26, 2010

    An post up at Gamasutra complains about the lack of effort put into the PC ports of some console games. The author picks on the unimpressively-reviewed Ninja Blade in particular: "Just as a quick guide to what we're dealing with here: when you create a new save file at the start of Ninja Blade on the PC, it warns you not to 'turn off your console.' Yes, Ninja Blade is one of those conversions: not so much converted as made to perfunctorily run on a different machine. In-game, you're asked to press

  • Obscenity-laden e-mail leads to Facebook boycott

    February 26, 2010

    Dissatisfied movie patron marshals Facebook outrage after receiving an offensive response to complaints about her movie-going experience.

  • Google Edu Apps vs. Live@Edu: number nonsense

    February 26, 2010

    ZDNet's resident student blogger, Zack Whittaker, suggested yesterday that Google was losing the battle for cloud-based groupware dominance in schools to Microsoft's Live@Edu offering. To that I say two things: I'm not thinking so and The numbers get in the way of much more important considerations Google claims 7 million active student users of its Apps for Education. Microsoft, for it's part, according to spokesperson Kelby Johnson, doesn't want to bother with the "numbers game." They simply want

  • Stability, security-focused PHP 5.2.13 released today

    February 26, 2010

    PHP 5.2.13 was released today, fixing over 40 bugs. PHP recommends that all users on the 5.2 branch upgrade as soon as possible. Included below are various bugs fixed in this release, and links to the official changelog, release announcement, and download page.

  • Opera 10.50 Beta Brings Faster JavaScript, More

    February 26, 2010

    The folks at Opera might have had to spend some time working around restrictions to port their browser to the iPhone, but when it comes to the desktop there are no such issues to contend with. Hence the release of Opera 10.50 beta, a sneak peek at the latest version of the company's venerable browser.

  • Connect Twitter API with OAuth using PHP.

    February 26, 2010

    Few days back I had connected labs.9lessons application to twitter API via OAuth (open protocal secure authorization). In this post I want to explain how to store twitter oauth_token and secret values in to database and how to update status with your own web application.

  • Zend Framework 1.10.2, and a glimpse at 2.0

    February 26, 2010

    Matthew Weier O’Phinney, the lead developer of the Zend Framework project, has released the second maintenance release of the 1.10 series. This is the release that follows naturally the Bug Hunt Days of the last week, when about 50 bugs were closed.

  • Queue Ajax Requests in Mootools

    February 26, 2010

    On a recent project, I used ajax to render a full cell of a table upon clicking it. I found that without some kind of queue, my clients would click on a bunch to expand them, but only the first would render. Mootools offers a plugin in mootools more called Request.Queue, but that wasn’t what I was looking for, since there was only a single Request object involved, not multiple.

  • Derby road to be named Lara Croft Way

    February 25, 2010

    A Derby road is to be named after the computer game and movie character Lara Croft following a public vote.

  • etc: You will never be able to play Dungeons and Dragons in this much style. I don't know whether to be scared... or envious.

    February 25, 2010

    You will never be able to play Dungeons and Dragons in this much style. I don't know whether to be scared... or envious.

    Read More: More hardcore than you

  • Obama, Democrats ponder next healthcare moves

    February 25, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a seven-hour healthcare summit that did little to change Republican hearts and minds, President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats face a challenge on Friday in deciding their next moves to reform the costly U.S. system.

  • Big Content condemns foreign governments that endorse FOSS

    February 25, 2010

    The International Intellectual Property Alliance is urging the Office of the US Trade Representative to criticize countries that have endorsed government adoption of open source software. Ironic, considering OSS use is intended to reduce piracy.

  • Taliban attacks in central Kabul kill 14

    February 25, 2010

    KABUL (Reuters) - At least 14 people were killed and 32 wounded in Taliban attacks in Kabul on Friday, officials said, the latest audacious assault in the Afghan capital despite a renewed push against the insurgents.

  • 1,200 Pounds of Recycled Steel Create a Hulking Alien Queen

    February 25, 2010

    An Irish firm has created a sculpture called "Alien Queen" that's a replica of the character from the Hollywood movie. It has 1,200 pounds of recycled steel and more than 4,000 parts.

  • How Laptops May Look Like in the Future?

    February 25, 2010

    Future Laptop Computer with Flexible Screen

    You may not need a briefcase to carry your laptop in the near feature. Just roll the computer and wear it like a shoulder handbag.

    Orkin Design, a design firm in Germany, has created a amazing concept computer that can be used both as a laptop and a tablet (slate). It features a large multitouch screen, USB ports, webcam, stylus and everything that you probably look for in a computer.

    [Video] The Future “All-in-One” Computer

    The sad part, you can only experience this flexible laptop in a video and we don’t know if any of the hardware companies are actually working on such a design. As one commenter points out:

    Its an interesting concept, but It is probably a long ways from any sort of actual prototype. Forget DVD drives, what about Circuit boards! They would need to find a new material instead of the current silicon, as circuit boards today cant withstand much flexibility.

    I know simple circuit boards are flexible (hence rollup keyboards), but I have yet to see a flexible motherboard that supports the required watts/current of a modern chipset and processor.

    Thanks Joe Hicks from Tokyo for sharing this video.

    How Laptops May Look Like in the Future?

    Originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal.

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  • Walk and Code

    February 25, 2010

    A mod to a treadmill which allows you to work while you walk

  • Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

    February 25, 2010

    registerShift writes "Virgin said it will roll out 100 megabit-per-second broadband connections to homes in the UK. The company said users will experience speeds 'very close' to what's advertised as it plans to deploy cable instead of ADSL used by competitors. "There is nothing we can't do with our fibre optic cable network, and the upcoming launch of our flagship 100mbps service will give our customers the ultimate broadband experience," Virgin Media's chief executive officer, Neil Berkett, said

  • LG's Windows Phone 7 Handset in September

    February 25, 2010

    As promised by Steve Ballmer

  • Examining Virtual Crimes

    February 25, 2010

    GamePolitics has an article about a research paper issued by the AU government's Institute of Criminology titled "Crime Risks of Three-Dimensional Virtual Environments." The paper discusses the legal questions raised by game worlds and avatars, ranging from regulation of in-game currency to a report of virtual rape. "A person controlling an avatar that is unexpectedly raped or assaulted might experience the physical reaction of 'freezing,' or the associated shock, distrust and loss of confidence

  • Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier

    February 25, 2010

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An iceberg the size of Luxembourg has broken off from a glacier in Antarctica after being rammed by another giant iceberg, scientists said on Friday, in an event that could affect ocean circulation patterns.

  • Net tablets and its relevance in India

    February 25, 2010

  • Uncovering Microsoft Office Labs

    February 25, 2010

    Earlier this year, I covered a new tool out of the somewhat mysterious Microsoft Office Labs called Ribbon Hero. Developed with input from Microsoft's XBox group, the Facebook-based social learning game represented a really novel approach to the otherwise dry topic of application training. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to follow up with Chris Pratley, General Manager of the Office Labs group at Microsoft and uncover a bit more of what they do. Office Labs isn't like Google Labs. Their products