Thursday, July 29, 2010

New About Google - 29 July 2010

  • Destination: Beauty! YouTube’s gurus help you look your best

    July 28, 2010

    Get your eyeliner sharpened, your mascara pumped, your hair ready to be oh-so-carefully tussled -- today, we're launching our first-ever beauty program, "Destination Beauty," sponsored by L'Oréal Paris. The year-long initiative will feature a constantly refreshed selection of videos offering tips and tricks on looking your best from partners like Panacea81, KandeeJohnson and Seventeen Magazine, all of whom are authorities in this space. Take a peek at the videos below as examples of what you'll find on the channel.

    Emulating Katy Perry

  • YouTube Summer School, Session 3: Mathematics

    July 28, 2010

    Welcome back, life-long learners! We’re in our third week here at YouTube Summer School and today we’re shifting gears again. After our lovely stroll through the art gallery of YouTube EDU, we’re headed to the hall of mathematics and will be crunching numbers for the next week.

    Ever have any trouble with algebra, geometry, calculus or trig-a-what? For some, putting numbers in their place isn’t as easy as Captain Picard makes it look. Sometimes we simply can’t “make it so” without a little help. That’s why we’ve scoured through YouTube

  • App Engine and IPv6, Round 2

    July 28, 2010

    Back in March, we announced that all App Engine apps hosted on would be reachable over IPv6, from ISPs enrolled in the Google over IPv6 program.

    Today, we're adding the same service to all domains hosted by If your App Engine app runs on your own domain name using Google Apps, then be sure to review our earlier blog post, which discusses the caveats of parsing client IP addresses, and how to use the SixXS Gateway to test your site over IPv6.

    Currently, the Google over IPv6 program presents AAAA records

  • Alex Trebek, teachers and Googlers unite at the Google Geo Teachers Institute

    July 28, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)

    What do Alex Trebek, teachers and Googlers have in common? Last week, these individuals and groups all came together at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA to celebrate exploration and learning.

    Google hosted its first Geo Teachers Institute, an intensive two-day workshop in which 150 educators received hands-on training and experience with Google Maps, Google SketchUp and Google Earth, including features like Mars, Moon and SkyMaps. Attendees from around the globe not only learned how these products

  • What to search when you’re expecting

    July 28, 2010

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

    Having been a new dad for six months now, I’ve quickly come to learn two valuable parenting lessons. First, being a father is truly a full-time job—and second, sleep is completely overrated. Whether buying the latest bottles, binkies, blankets and bibs, or just blogging about the whole magical journey, becoming a father has been the most invigorating and moving experience of my lifetime.

    This week, I’m excited

  • Switch to the new version of AdSense for search

    July 28, 2010

    Over the last two years, the AdSense team has offered the powerful Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) product as an improvement over the original AdSense for search. After some recent improvements, we're now ready to retire the older version of AdSense for search. If the Google logo on your search results page reads "Powered by Google" instead of the newer "Google Custom Search" then you haven't yet upgraded to the newer version. The new AdSense for search with CSE is available in your account, and we encourage you to make the switch by updating

  • Discover v201003: Learn from the past with the Bid Simulator

    July 28, 2010

    Have you ever wondered how your keywords could have performed with a different bid? The bid simulator feature released last year allows you to do just that. Using data from the last seven days, it calculates the impressions, clicks, and cost your keywords could have received if different maximum CPC bids were used. This information was previously only exposed in the AdWords web interface, but is now available in the v201003 version of the API with the BidLandscapeService.

    The getBidLandscape() method is used to retrieve the bid simulation

  • New Google Font Previewer - Webfonts Easier and More Fun

    July 28, 2010

    We’re very proud to tell you that we’ve just launched a new feature for the Google font directory. The new Google font previewer lets you test drive all the fonts in the directory so you can decide which web font in the Google Font API works best for your requirements.

    Now, whenever you visit the font family page of any of the fonts, you will see a link saying “Preview this font” that will load your font selection into the font previewer.

    Here you can edit the text, change its size and line height, and add decorations and spacing among

  • Fine-tuning your shadows

    July 28, 2010

    You can control which entities in your models cast shadows; you can also determine which ones are able to receive them. Case in point:

    Recently, I needed an image of a traffic light that appeared to be lit up. I searched the 3D Warehouse and found a nice one uploaded by Manager. It appears to have been modeled by Andy Glucker and made available for free on

    I used Styles to make a blue sky, set my Field of View to something wider than the default, dragged my modeling window into a long, wide rectangle, and aimed my

  • Surf video all day long on TV and the Web, then tell your friends about it

    July 28, 2010

    As you could probably guess, we're really excited about the imminent launch of Google TV. You can learn more about this initiative here, but it’s basically a new way to watch TV by seamlessly integrating the Web and TV into one incredible viewing experience. Soon, you’ll be able to watch a lot more of those beautiful hi-def YouTube videos on your beautiful, hi-def TV.

    Google TV will initially be available on devices manufactured by Sony and Logitech in the fall, with more partners to be announced later. Logitech has just come up with a nifty

  • London OS Jam 17: Speeeeed

    July 28, 2010

    Just over a week ago, we hosted Google London Open Source Jam 17. The event is an opportunity for open source developers to give five minute presentations to their peers, socialise, eat pizza, and drink beer. The topic for this Jam was “Speed” and — unusually for us — many of the talks were on-topic:

    Simon Stewart, pondering

    Simon Stewart started off by telling us how to measure things: using tools like Firebug and Speed Tracer to break down client-side latency.

    Matt Godbolt gave us some tips for making speedy Android apps

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