Saturday, July 3, 2010

New About Google - 03 July 2010

  • Le Tour de France has started

    July 2, 2010

    Think riding a bike is easy? Try riding one for 2240 miles with only 2 days of rest. Sound crazy? Well if you’re competing in this year’s Tour de France, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.

    This year, the Tour de France is celebrating its 97th anniversary, and is certain to continue its tradition of bringing together some of the world’s top cyclists for a fierce and grueling competition.

    It’s a sight to behold, so the orkut team thought we’d create a doodle to pay tribute to all of the athletes and their fans:




  • Shakira talks World Cup upsets, Waka Waka and education in YouTube interview

    July 2, 2010

    The most difficult moment in Shakira’s musical career? Her thoughts on her song being picked as the official World Cup song instead of an African artist? The one question she’s always wanted to answer? You asked, and today, Shakira answers.

    Last week, we gave you 48 hours to submit questions for the Colombian songstress and promised that the top-voted questions would be posed in a special YouTube interview with her. Proving that Shakira truly is a global sensation, fans from over 40 countries -- from Egypt to Venezuela, the Netherlands to South


  • Release Notes: processing status, share to Buzz, and more

    July 2, 2010

    Before we head into the holiday weekend, wanted to update you on a couple of things that went down in sunny San Bruno recently:

    Processing progress status: Those of you who upload know that there's a short period of time between uploading a video and it being visible on the site. The new processing percentage under the video preview lets you know when your video is ready for the world to see.

    AutoShare to Buzz: Over four million people are already AutoSharing to Facebook, Twitter, Orkut or Google Reader, and now you can automatically


  • Google Apps highlights – 7/2/2010

    July 2, 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.

    In the last couple of weeks, we added a set of new features to help you handle various file types more efficiently in Google Docs and Gmail, and new capabilities to help large complex organizations manage Google Apps. We also have some exciting news about new customers in the education sector.

    Google Voice available for more users
    Last week we were happy to open up Google


  • Strike you’re out! Or maybe not?

    July 2, 2010

    Imagine you’ve spent hours editing and shooting your latest YouTube video, when only a few days after its debut on the site, the video comes down and you’ve received -- what? -- a strike for a violation of our Community Guidelines? Is this baseball?!

    With over 24 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute, it’s impossible for us to pre-screen content. That’s why we count on our community members to know the Community Guidelines and flag content that violates the rules. We review all flagged content and if we find a video does violate


  • CS4HS: helping high school teachers reach their potential

    July 2, 2010

    Computer science is a tough field to teach, especially at the high school level. Not only do you need to persuade teenagers that coding isn’t too geeky to attempt, but since CS is a growing field, it’s hard for teachers to keep up with all the latest techniques and computing tools. To help teachers face these challenges, we’re funding a program called Computer Science for High School (CS4HS). CS4HS is a workshop for high school and middle school computer science teachers that introduces new and exciting concepts in computing and how to teach


  • Google Summer of Code 2010: Meet The Students and Mentors!

    July 2, 2010


    Following up on my post from a few weeks ago, I’d like to give you all some more statistics about our Google Summer of Code™ program participants this year.

    • We have 69 student countries represented this year. New countries represented by students include Jamaica, Morocco, and Cambodia.
    • For the first time we have mentors from Chile, South Africa, Taiwan, and Peru.
    • We have mentors from 52 different countries this year.
    • We had 3,464 students submit a total of 5,539 proposals in all. Last year we had 5,885 proposals submitted by

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