Friday, July 23, 2010

New About Google - 23 July 2010

  • Apply for an invitation to 3D Basecamp 2010

    July 23, 2010

    A couple days ago, I blogged about our upcoming get-together; SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2010 is set to take place during the first three days of September in Boulder, Colorado.


    The form for requesting an invitation to 3D Basecamp is now live, and will be through 09:00 MDT (15:00 GMT) July 26th, 2010. If you’d like to join us, please fill out the form and submit it as soon as possible -- we plan to invite the first 150 (or so) people on the list who meet our requirement (see below).


    SketchUp aficionados only, please

    As I mentioned earlier


  • YouTube Play jury selected and ready to view your work

    July 22, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the YouTube Blog)

    For artists, YouTube is a 21st century canvas. Since the YouTube Play project was announced last month, more than 6,000 videos ranging in genres, topics and budget have been submitted from 69 countries, and the YouTube Play channel has received over 2 million views.

    Today, we’re unveiling the jury for YouTube Play, which includes some of the world’s leading artists, from international film festival winners and renowned photographers to performance and video artists on the cutting edge of art


  • YouTube Play jury selected and ready to view your work

    July 22, 2010

    For artists, YouTube is a 21st century canvas. Since the YouTube Play project was announced last month, more than 6,000 videos ranging in genres, topics and budget have been submitted from 69 countries, and the YouTube Play channel has received over 2 million views.

    Today, we’re unveiling the jury for YouTube Play, which includes some of the world’s leading artists, from international film festival winners and renowned photographers to performance and video artists on the cutting edge of art.

    YouTube Play jurors include musician and performance


  • "Unstaged” concert series brings you live music, starting with Arcade Fire

    July 22, 2010

    Hello, music lover, meet “Unstaged,” a new five-part concert series brought to you by YouTube, American Express and VEVO. Each performance will not only be streamed live on YouTube, but it will also have unique on- and offline components to entertain fans -- for example, you may be able to vote on the encore performance or switch camera angles. And if you miss anything, no worries: the full show and highlights will be available on the artist’s channel soon after the show.

    Kicking off the series will be Arcade Fire, who will perform at


  • World Cup Beats Bieber!

    July 22, 2010

    If you thought Justin Bieber and Twilight Eclipse were international sensations, take a look at worldwide searches for the World Cup over the last thirty days:


    Search trends are similar for US-specific searches, and show how interest in the world’s most popular sport is taking off.

    Internationally, search volume was highest in African countries like Botswana, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. Closer to home, users on the East Coast were the most interested in searching for World Cup related terms, particularly in Vermont, New York, and DC.


  • You Report: What’s happening now in the Bay Area?

    July 22, 2010

    Though YouTube is a global site, it’s often local videos that are most relevant to your life. When people use camcorders and mobile phones to capture newsworthy events in their neighborhoods and upload them to YouTube, they’re broadening the window into our own communities. For example, in the San Francisco Bay Area (where YouTube is based), we’ve seen several YouTube videos inform local news coverage, from the snapping of support cables on the Bay Bridge, to the shooting of Oscar Grant by an Oakland police officer, to fights breaking out


  • Faster dialing with Google Voice on Android and Blackberry devices

    July 22, 2010

    At Google we are obsessed with speed. Our mantra is faster = better. This is true for our Google Voice mobile apps as well. When you want to make a call, your phone should connect you as quickly as possible, whether you’re calling via Google Voice or not.

    Today we are launching an enhancement to the Google Voice mobile app on Android and Blackberry phones, which makes placing calls much faster. We call this feature “direct access numbers.” Here’s how it works:

    Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server


  • 2010 EMEA Scholars’ Retreat: top CS students share their impressions

    July 22, 2010

    Back in June, our Zurich engineering headquarters welcomed 100 of EMEA’s brightest computer science students to our annual Europe, Middle East and Africa Scholars’ Retreat. Recipients of the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities joined Anita Borg Memorial Scholars and Finalists for three days of workshops, technical talks, poster sessions, networking events and, of course, lots of fun! Check out our video below to hear from scholars and speakers in their own words:



    Our academic scholarships are designed to support


  • Ready...set...discover more music on YouTube

    July 22, 2010

    If you want easier ways to discover music on YouTube, just start here. Our revamped music page - part of a redesign that started with our shows and movies pages - showcases the most viewed music videos, special promotions, curated playlists, unsigned talent and gives you the ability to create on-the-fly mixes. For example, in the mood for electronic beats? Just scroll down to that genre and click “play” for an instant playlist. Looking for the latest viral music sensation? Check “Today’s Hits”...



    And if you


  • Apply template themes to existing sites in Google Sites

    July 22, 2010

    With new site templates being created every day, there are times when you find the theme you want after you have already created your site. Based on your feedback, we added the ability to apply a site template’s theme to any existing site. To choose from the 100s of themes in the public theme gallery, select Browse the theme gallery from the Themes page (Manage site -> Themes), and start browsing.




    Try it out and let us know what you think on the forums.

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