Saturday, June 19, 2010

New About Google - 19 June 2010

  • Golf Clubs Beat Ties this Father’s Day

    June 18, 2010

    Despite the groans of dads everywhere, the tie remains one of the most sought-after gifts this Father’s Day. But this year, golf clubs have snuck in and outranked neckwear in web searches to become this year’s must-have present.


    The gift of good smell isn’t far behind, as many users are looking to buy cologne for dad. Much further down the list are more specific presents like a swiss army knife, or a beer of the month subscription.

    With just days to go, and search volume in the shopping category historically peaking on Sunday as last


  • Football fever? Now you'll never miss a game!

    June 18, 2010

    We hope you guys have been enjoying watching football this past week as much as we have – just one week in, and there's already been some incredible games! With another week of group play left, all the teams' schedules can be tough to keep track of, especially when you're trying to schedule meetings or meals around important games.

    Our friends on the Google Calendar team recently released some cool calendars to help keep track of all the games. All you need is a Google Calendar account (it can be under the same username and password


  • Google Apps highlights – 6/18/2010

    June 18, 2010

    This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that we post every couple of weeks. Look for the label “Google Apps highlights" and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    Over the last couple of weeks we introduced several new features to Google Docs, and made updates to Gmail, Buzz and Blogger. The Google Apps Marketplace expanded, and we brought many new businesses and schools onboard. Here’s the scoop:

    New Google Docs editors rolling out to everyone
    Just a couple months ago we started previewing Google Docs’ new editors for documents


  • Introducing the Google Display Network

    June 18, 2010

    We’re always focused on improving AdSense by bringing more advertisers to your sites, giving you more control over the ads that appear on your sites, and giving you more transparency into how much revenue you’re earning. Over the past year, much of our focus has been on attracting more display advertisers and display advertising spend to your sites. We’ve added new advertisers and introduced options that help these advertisers reach your sites. At the same time, advertisers have continued to run ads on YouTube and our own properties. To make


  • A Father’s Day dedication

    June 18, 2010

    This is part of our summer series of new Search Stories. Look for the label Search Stories and subscribe to the series. -Ed.

    Our latest Search Story, Father and Daughter, is a tribute to all the wonderful relationships dads have with their daughters.

    While working on the story we came across a comment posted to Paul Simon’s Father and Daughter video on YouTube. Maybe it’s because I’m a father of two little girls, but this almost made me cry. One day, I hope that my daughters will feel compelled to write something like this.

    To Cullenlvr961


  • Introducing the Google Command Line Tool

    June 18, 2010


    Ever wanted to upload a folder full of photos to Picasa from a command prompt? We did, a lot, last summer. It made us want to say:

    $ google picasa create --title "My album" ~/Photos/vacation/*.jpg

    So we wrote a program to do that, and a whole lot more.

    GoogleCL is a command-line utility that provides access to various Google services. It streamlines tasks such as posting to a Blogger blog, adding events to Calendar, or editing documents on Google Docs.

    For example:

    $ google blogger post --blog "My blog" --tags "python, googlecl,


  • Show off your dance moves

    June 18, 2010

    OK, YouTube. We know you love to dance. You've been shaking your stuff in front of the camera in your bedrooms, bathrooms and on the streets for years now. And all that practice is about to pay off: we’re joining forces with Jon M. Chu (and Dr Pepper Cherry) for the first-ever YouTube dance contest -- "YouTube Dance Studio.”




    If you love dance, you know who Jon Chu is. From the Miley and Mandy ACDC Dance Battle to the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, to directing Step-Up 2 and the upcoming Step-Up 3D, Chu is at the nexus


  • Searching for football connections

    June 18, 2010

    In a previous post, we talked about popular World Cup search queries. It turns out that people who search for one player frequently follow that immediately with a query for another player. In this post, we explore these timely connections between queries. Below, a thick line connects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi because a lot of people followed a search for one of them with a search for the other. A thin line connects Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona because fewer people searched for them together.

    (Image by Amit Patel)

    Why


  • How App Engine served the Humble Indie Bundle

    June 18, 2010

    This is a guest post from Jeffrey Rosen, of Wolfire Games.

    Recently, Wolfire Games, joined by four other independent video game developers and two charities, put on a pretty unusual promotion: The Humble Indie Bundle. For twelve days, you could have gone to the promotional site and paid what you want (divided any way you choose among the developers, the EFF, and the Child's Play Charity) for a bundle of independent video games, all compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux.

    The reason why I've been invited to write this guest blog

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