Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Business - 29 June 2010

New About Google - 29 June 2010

  • Brown University has gone Google

    June 29, 2010

    From time to time we invite guests to blog about initiatives of interest, and are very pleased to have Geoff Greene join us here. Geoff is the Director of IT Support Services at Brown University, and here he shares an update on their campus-wide migration to Google Apps for Education for all students, staff and faculty. - Ed.

    About a year ago we put our 6,000 undergraduate students on Google Apps. The results were phenomenal: people were happy, they were productive, they were excited...and then some people got jealous. Our faculty and staff

  • Rumblefish Launches User Friendly Music Program for YouTube Community

    June 29, 2010

    Do you ever wonder how to find music you’re allowed to use in your videos? Have you had a video blocked due to unauthorized use of music? Well, we are happy to show our support for a new site called FriendlyMusic. FriendlyMusic gives YouTube users the option of purchasing a lifetime license to edit a song into their video. How does this work? Go to www.friendlymusic.com and browse through their catalog of pre-cleared music for YouTube. You then have the option to purchase an mp3 and download the track. Once you download it, the track is yours

  • Save the date for Google Developer Day in your country

    June 28, 2010

    We are excited to announce the 2010 Google Developer Day schedule:
    • Sep 28: Tokyo, Japan

    • Oct 29: Sao Paulo, Brazil

    • Nov 9: Munich, Germany

    • Nov 12: Moscow, Russia

    • Nov 16: Prague, Czech Republic
    We will hold technical sessions on mobile and web technologies including Android, Chrome, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine and more. It will also be an opportunity to meet both the Google team and other developers.

    For any cities not listed above, here are some other events we host throughout the year:
    • DevFest will be on tour through cities

  • An update on China

    June 29, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

    Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law. This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement that we were no longer willing to censor results on Google.cn.

    We currently automatically redirect everyone using Google.cn to Google.com.hk, our Hong

  • An update on China

    June 28, 2010

    Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law. This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement that we were no longer willing to censor results on Google.cn.

    We currently automatically redirect everyone using Google.cn to Google.com.hk, our Hong Kong search engine. This redirect, which offers unfiltered search in simplified Chinese, has been working well for our users and for Google

  • The new voice of Google Voice

    June 28, 2010

    If you’ve called your Google number to listen to your voicemail over the last couple days, you may have noticed that things sounded a bit different. The new voice that’s greeting you is Kiki Baessell, a fellow Googler with a friendly voice who helped us record new automatic voice messages. When she’s not helping us out, she spends her days fighting spam and abuse in Google’s consumer products.

    Kiki has absolutely no experience doing professional voiceover, which is exactly why we picked her — we wanted a pleasant, familiar voice that

  • SketchUp Pro Case Study: Tropman & Tropman Architects

    June 28, 2010

  • Winning more jobs with LayOut

    June 28, 2010

    Most people we’ve met know what SketchUp is and what it can do, and those people generally think it’s the greatest thing since the three-button mouse. But what about LayOut? LayOut? What is that? How much is it and how do I get it?

    Well, if you own SketchUp Pro you already own LayOut. It comes bundled as a part of SketchUp Pro. Robbie Blance of RB3D shows us how SketchUp Pro modelers are putting their models to work in LayOut – and winning more jobs.

    Robbie has created professional construction documents. Everything shown in the images

  • Better Know an Error: RateExceededError

    June 28, 2010

    One of the ways that we ensure reliable access to the AdWords API system is to enforce a queries per second (QPS) limit. This limit is in place to prevent out-of-control or malicious software from overwhelming the API servers with requests and causing problems for other developers. A token bucket algorithm is used to meter the requests, allowing for both steady and burst traffic to the API. It’s not possible to recommend exact numbers on safe QPS levels, since the rate limit fluctuates based on several variables, including server load.

    In the

  • Google Docs Viewer on Mobile Browsers

    June 28, 2010

    Cross posted on the Google Mobile Blog

    Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments. Today we’re also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files you’ve uploaded to your documents list, without needing to download the file.

    With our mobile viewer you can switch quickly between pages and pan/zoom within a page. On your iPhone and iPad, you can pinch to zoom in or out.

    You can try it out by going to docs

  • An update on the AdSense Product Ideas page

    June 28, 2010

    A few months ago, we created a Product Ideas page for AdSense, where you could tell us what product and feature updates you’d like to see. We received over 600 ideas from publishers all around the world, with ideas ranging from ad filtering options to increased transparency, and more detailed reporting to easier account management.

    Our product and engineering teams have been hard at work to bring you ideas from the wishlist. We still have more to do, but wanted to share some of the progress so far:

    You asked for...More transparency about

  • Two more states open Google Apps for teachers and students

    June 28, 2010

    We recently announced that Oregon is the first state to begin offering Google Apps to public schools. Today, Colorado and Iowa are joining the movement. Google Apps for Education will now be available to more than 3,000 schools across the two states.

    These state-wide agreements enable schools and districts to benefit from centralized resources such as deployment support and training materials, paving the way for an easy transition to Google Apps—including Gmail, Docs, Sites, Calendar, Video, and Groups—in their classrooms, immediately.


  • This week in search 6/27/10

    June 27, 2010

    This is one of a regular series of posts on search experience updates. Look for the label This week in search and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    Speed is a common theme at Google—the notion of speed is baked into all of our products, from Google Chrome to web search. Often, we also simply develop features that help deliver answers fast. Whether by displaying the exact content you're looking for at the top of your search results page or by optimizing the way you search, many of these speed enhancements save you keystrokes—and time.


  • The search for 16

    June 26, 2010

    With the group round of the World Cup coming to a close and the round of 16 under way, it’s the perfect time to see what’s piqued searchers’ interest since our pre-tournament search trends kick-off.

    Understandably, searches for [world cup standings] climbed steadily during the first week of play as fans around the globe watched the various teams jockey within their groups to qualify for the next round. Upsets in the group round have been particularly effective at driving increased search volume. Switzerland’s win over Spain on June 16 (one

  • Paul McCartney: On YouTube Playing Hyde Park For Born HIV Free

    June 25, 2010

    This Sunday (June 27) Paul McCartney takes to the stage to headline Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park and YouTube will be hosting a stream from the event at the BornHIVFree channel.

    Starting at 8.30pm in the UK (12.30pm Pacific Time), visitors to the channel can enjoy an exclusive broadcast of McCartney's performance, donated by the former Beatle to The Global Fund’s Born HIV Free campaign, which has another high-profile patron in the form of France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

    Born HIV Free is urging people pledge their support

  • Google SketchUp 7.1 is now available in Russian and Dutch

    June 25, 2010

    We have just added some new language support to Google SketchUp 7.1, making '3D for Everyone' available to people who speak French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean and Traditional Chinese. Today, I'm pleased to say "welkom" and "добро пожаловать" to those of you who speak Dutch and Russian as we release new language support for Google SketchUp 7.1 in your language. SketchUp 7.1 is now available in a total of eleven languages...but stay tuned. We've still got a few more to go!