Friday, June 25, 2010

New About Google - 25 June 2010

  • View .doc attachments right in your browser

    June 25, 2010

    If you receive Microsoft® Word files as attachments in Gmail, you can now view them with a single click — no need to download, save, and open files with a desktop application when you just want read them. The Google Docs viewer that allows you to view .pdf, .ppt, and .tiff files in your browser now supports .doc and .docx formats too.

    Just click the "View" link at the bottom of a Gmail message and the viewer will take it from there. If you decide you want to edit the file, clicking "Edit online

  • AdSense Facts & Fiction Part III: The stats pipeline

    June 24, 2010

    Fiction: Site maintenance periods and delays in my AdSense reports mean that data isn’t being recorded properly.

    Fact: Although there can sometimes be delays in the stats pipeline, all data is still tracked accurately.

    We call the process of tracking your clicks, impressions, and earnings the “stats pipeline.” The stats pipeline runs continuously, reviewing the logs of activity written by our ad serving system, aggregating them, and updating the storage system. So that we can generate these statistics quickly and reliably, without losing

  • Shakira takes your questions on YouTube

    June 24, 2010

    She’s a global music star with hypnotic dance moves, a philanthropist and a YouTube phenom (her “Waka Waka” video, made for the 2010 World Cup, has over 32 million views). But now, Shakira is opening herself up to your questions.

    Beginning today, you can ask her any question you’d like -- about her music, her work supporting education for all children through the 1Goal campaign and her own Barefoot Foundation, her World Cup stint, or anything else. The top questions will be posed to the Colombian songstress in an interview next

  • Graduation: our latest Search Story

    June 24, 2010

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

    My dad’s family grew up in Vietnam. Even as they faced an uncertain future, they attended school, believing strongly in the value of education. So when my aunts and uncles immigrated to the U.S., they went to great lengths to make sure their sons and daughters had the best opportunities. It wasn’t always easy—learning a new language and finding a new job was a struggle at first. But through their selfless efforts, my

  • Diacritization added to the Google Language API

    June 24, 2010

    Earlier this year, we launched the Tashkeel (Diacritization) service on Google Labs. I'm pleased to announce that we've added an experimental Diacritization component to the Google Language API. This is a simple JSON API which you can use to add diacritic symbols to strings of Arabic text.

    To test it out, try clicking this link:مرحبا%20العالم&last_letter=false&callback=result

    A URL-encoded string is supplied as the message parameter, and it's returned by the API

  • Streaming live from the Twilight Eclipse premiere

    June 24, 2010

    Whether you’re on Team Edward or Team Jacob (we’re pretty much split 50/50 here at YouTube), tune in tonight to watch red carpet coverage of the Eclipse premiere, live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. From 5:30 p.m. PT onwards, Twilight’s YouTube channel will give you a front-row seat to the arrivals area where many of the film’s stars, including the buff Taylor Lautner, beloved Robert Pattinson, and belle Kristen Stewart, will be stopping to chat with Access Hollywood reporter Quddus.

    The scene from Hollywood may look nothing

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