Friday, June 11, 2010

New About Google - 11 June 2010

  • Kicking around search trends for the World Cup

    June 10, 2010

    If you’re a certain type of sports fan, you’ve been waiting four years to get to June 11, 2010—the kick-off of the World Cup and 30 days of football (soccer to some of us) madness, with 64 matches played by 32 teams from around the world.

    As we’ve done before, we took a look at the search data using tools like Google Insights for Search—as well as some internal resources—to see what we could uncover about the upcoming tournament and its global audience. Search patterns can truly reflect the “pulse” of the world, and we found that the pulse


  • Let the games begin

    June 11, 2010

    After four long years, it's finally the day the whole world has been waiting for- the beginning of the biggest football event in the world! The 32 national teams have already been selected and are all primed for a fierce competition. No matter who wins in the end, it's guaranteed to be an incredible spectacle to watch.

    So join in the fun, slap on your country's jersey and organize a football party to cheer on your team during their key games. If you really want to make sure that all of your friends know who you're rooting for, try using


  • 2010 World Cup: All eyes on South Africa

    June 10, 2010

    Teams representing 32 nations have gathered in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, the quadrennial football (aka soccer) tournament celebrating the world’s most popular game, which begins Friday, June 11, and concludes in a month, with the championship match on Sunday, July 11.

    This World Cup has special significance as it will be the first time the event has been held in Africa, where the game has been growing by leaps and bounds – besides host nation South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon and Algeria will each be competing


  • Long lived new windows

    June 10, 2010



    I recently posted about Gmail's fast new windows and explained that the only downside of them was that they closed when the main Gmail window closed. Today, we're changing that. If you're using the latest version of Google Chrome, you can now continue to work in popped out windows after you close your main window (especially handy for those of us who always like to keep an eye on our tasks).

    For the technically curious among you, our friends on the Chrome team made it possible to transfer the


  • Bringing Bonnaroo to you: live stream event this weekend

    June 10, 2010

    The forecast for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend in Manchester, Tenn., is scattered thunderstorms, but you don’t have to worry a stitch about that (unless you’ll actually be frolicking in the 700-acre field where it takes place). That’s because starting this Friday and throughout the weekend, we’ll be live streaming directly from Bonnaroo, in partnership with Superfly Productions and powered by Ford.

    The exclusive webcast will include performances from folks like Jay-Z, Tenacious D, Kings of Leon, Weezer, the


  • Disturbing Concerns in Vietnam

    June 10, 2010



    Internet users in Hanoi will soon find that they can’t reach certain sites when browsing the Web at local Internet cafés. A regulation enacted in April requires that all retail Internet locations install a server-side application by 2011. The application will likely allow the Vietnamese government to block access to websites, as well as to track user activities.

    The implementation of an application like this one would choke off access to information for many in Hanoi -- given how popular Internet cafés


  • Page Speed for ads and trackers

    June 10, 2010

    At Google, we're passionate about making the web faster. To help web page owners optimize their pages for speed, we open-sourced the Page Speed web performance tool a year ago. Today, we're excited to launch a new Page Speed feature: Page Speed for ads, such as display and rich media ads, and trackers, also known as analytics.

    Page Speed now enables developers to run a performance analysis of the ads, the trackers, or the remaining content of the page. Web developers can use Page Speed to determine how ads and trackers impact the performance


  • Datastore Outage and Unapplied Writes Issue

    June 10, 2010

    We have completed the post-mortem on the Datastore outage App Engine experienced two weeks ago on May 25th. We greatly appreciate your patience in this.

    A very small percentage of apps (approximately 2%) have been affected by unapplied writes as a result of the outage. “Unapplied writes” are writes that did not get replicated to the secondary Datastore before completing the fail over process. We want to stress that these unapplied writes do not impact the transactional consistency and have not corrupted application data. Instead you can think


  • Umit Project 2010

    June 10, 2010


    Umit Project is an international open source organization focused on network monitoring, with the goal of making life easier for network administrators and others who need to be aware of what is happening in their networks. The project developed out of Insecure.org in 2005, becoming an independent organization in 2007.

    Umit Project has been a proud participant in Google Summer of Code™ since 2005. This year Umit Project participates in Google Summer of Code again with two students working on the Nmap Security Scanner.

    In 2009


  • New on orkut: Conversations and Private scraps!

    June 10, 2010

    Since we launched orkut in 2004, scraps have been one of our top features. In some countries, the word "scrap" has even became part of the Internet language. Because they're so important, we've been working to evolve them into something even more fun and interesting. Now your scraps can turn into conversations with your friends and you can send private scraps for a completely private conversation.

    Scraps become conversations
    From now on, all scraps you send to your friends will also show up in your profile, making it easy to start new


  • Auto-share your YouTube activities on orkut

    June 10, 2010

    Did you know that more than 10 days' worth of YouTube videos are watched on orkut every single day? Because so many orkut users also love YouTube, we're excited to launch a new auto-share option that lets you effortlessly share what you're watching on YouTube with your friends on orkut.

    Auto-share is an easy way to tell your friends in real-time about the videos you're liking, saving as favorites or commenting on; the channels you're subscribing to; or even new videos you're uploading to your own channel. More than 4 million users are already

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