Thursday, June 3, 2010

New About Google - 03 June 2010

  • Announcing our European Scholarship for Students with Disabilities awardees

    June 3, 2010

    Creating products, applications and services which benefit millions of users means looking at the world from a variety of perspectives. Envisioning and realizing the next generation of technology requires a diverse pool of creative and motivated engineers from all backgrounds. To that end, we're very pleased to announce the winners of our first annual European Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. This scholarship recognizes outstanding scientific contributions from students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field

  • Datastore Performance Growing Pains

    June 2, 2010

    As many of you know, App Engine’s Datastore performance has been seriously degraded over the last few weeks. In addition to May 25th’s 45 minute Datastore outage, applications have seen an increased latency and thus errors as a result of timeouts. As a rough estimate, we have seen Datastore latency increases of around 2.5x. Comparing April 1st to June 1st on the Status Site shows this trend. These issues in turn have caused problems with other parts of the App Engine service that also rely on the Datastore, such as Task Queues and the Admin

  • Android at Google I/O 2010

    June 2, 2010

    The Android intensity at Google I/O 2010 was definitely palpable. The Android presence included all of Day 2’s keynote along with a full session track, office hours, an Android device display of over 50 phones, and (many people’s favorite) the Developer Sandbox.

    Vic Gundotra kicked off the Day 2 keynote with over 20 demos of the new features from Android release 2.2, internally called “Froyo” (see this summary on the Android Developers’ Blog). The second half of the keynote was devoted to Google TV.

  • Searching for the 2010 Stanley Cup

    June 2, 2010

    Although it feels like summer in many parts of the world, this week much of the North American sports community is focused squarely on ice hockey. That’s because the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers kicked off over the weekend. Today, the series shifts to Philadelphia, and the Flyers look to even the series.

    We’ve always shared the world’s interest in ice hockey, and have expressed that through our 2010 Olympic Ice Hockey doodle, NHL scores in search results and our content partnership with the NHL

  • Developers go big for business at Google I/O 2010

    June 2, 2010

    There was a big focus on developing software for businesses at Google I/O this year, centered around three themes: build and sell apps in the Marketplace, customize and extend Google's apps, and build your own apps for internal use. The news kicked off the day before Google I/O with the announcement of Gmail contextual gadgets and many enhancements for Google Apps Script, including JDBC support. Then during the keynote, we launched Google App Engine for Business and announced our collaboration with VMware, and continued with the announcement

  • Allowing applications to play nice(r) with each other: Handling remote control buttons

    June 2, 2010

    [This post is by Jean-Michel Trivi, an engineer working on the Android Media framework, whose T-shirt of the day reads “all your media buttons are belong to you”. — Tim Bray]

    Many Android devices come with the Music application used to play audio files stored on the device. Some devices ship with a wired headset that features transport control buttons, so users can for instance conveniently pause and restart music playback, directly from the headset.

    But a user might use one application for music listening, and another for listening to

  • Google Chrome’s RLZ library is now open source!

    June 2, 2010

    Today on the Chromium blog, we announced that we’re open-sourcing the RLZ library in Google Chrome as its own project. The RLZ library gives us the ability to accurately measure the success of marketing promotions and distribution partnerships in order to meet our contractual and financial obligations. For example, the RLZ library generates a query parameter that sometimes appears in Google search URLs in distributed products:

    We’re excited to not only improve the transparency of Google Chrome, but also offer potentially useful code

  • Freeze frame!

    June 2, 2010

    From iGoogle’s debut in 2005 to our more recent launch of stars in search in March, we’ve enjoyed making your search experience more relevant, useful and fun through personalization. Today, we’re introducing a new feature that brings a whole new level of personalization to Google by letting you add a favorite photo or image to the background of the Google homepage. You can choose a photo from your computer, your own Picasa Web Album or a public gallery hosted by Picasa which includes a selection of beautiful photos.

    An example homepage

  • Free download: 10 terabytes of patents and trademarks

    June 2, 2010

    When we launched Google Patent Search in 2006, we wanted to make it easier for people to understand the world of inventions, whether they were browsing for curious patents or researching serious engineering. Recently, we’ve also worked on a number of public data search features, as well as experimental features like the Public Data Explorer.

    There are many places to search for individual patents -- the US Patent and Trademark Office and Google Patent Search are two examples. But sometimes

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