Tuesday, July 27, 2010

News About Google - 27 July 2010

  • Great new book: SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization

    July 27, 2010

    My favorite thing about Robin de Jongh's excellent new SketchUp book is the clever writing; I tend to like my technical reading to be entertaining, too. My favorite chapter title: "How To Collect An Arsenal Rambo Would Be Proud Of"


    SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization is a treasure trove of information about making your SketchUp models look their best. Robin emphasizes a workflow that uses powerful but affordable tools (like Kerkythea and GIMP) for photo-rendering, but he also talks about creating better animations, using other


  • Chris DiBona’s OSCON Keynote: Your Work in Open Source

    July 27, 2010

    If you missed seeing Google’s Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona speak live at OSCON last week, the video from his keynote is now available online.



    There are also notes available from multiple OSCON sessions on Google Wave - check out the full listing if you want to catch up!


  • Katy Perry bares all as Lisa Nova asks your top questions

    July 27, 2010

    “Did you really kiss a girl?” “Do you ever laugh at the parody videos making fun of you?” “Are you and Russell planning on having kids?” The call was to ask Katy Perry anything you wanted, and you responded with a record-breaking 20,500 text and video questions submitted to Katy’s channel via the Moderator tool. Over 401,600 votes were cast, and YouTube’s own Lisa Nova posed the most popular questions to Perry, who was wearing a Latex getup only she could pull off:


    Along with this exclusive 30-minute interview, which


  • Empowering users to control their privacy

    July 27, 2010



    How do you come up with solutions for online privacy when technology is constantly evolving? It’s a challenge that engineers face every day when figuring out how to make it intuitive, simple, and useful for Internet users to take control of their privacy and security. It’s also the topic that Dr. Alma Whitten, Google’s lead privacy engineer, will be addressing alongside representatives from Apple, AT&T, and Facebook later today at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing.

    Alma’s testimony will focus


  • Light summer reading: entertaining legal opinions

    July 26, 2010

    Last November, we added legal opinions to Google Scholar. Legal opinions consider serious issues and help refine the laws that govern our country—but they can also be surprisingly entertaining. We’ve shared some of these for your summer reading pleasure on the Google Scholar blog.

    Rimes v. Curb Records, Inc., 2001 the opinion is written as a series of songs to be sung to tunes by LeAnn Rimes. It starts:
    LeAnn Rimes
    A very rich and famous star
    Wasn't so rich in times afar
    But what a talent she had!

    Read the rest on the Google Scholar


  • Updated energy analysis plugin from IES

    July 26, 2010

    Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), creators of the IES VE tools for building performance analysis and simulation, recently announced their partnership with us. We wanted to let you know a little bit about this and the features in the new version of their plugin for SketchUp.


    This official partnership is in recognition of work that IES has done to their VE plugin; it links four levels of VE analysis software to SketchUp (both free and Pro).) We believe that this integration allows SketchUp modelers to more easily take sustainable


  • Hot, Hot, Hot!

    July 26, 2010

    As temperatures across the US have skyrocketed this summer, searches for warm weather fashion products have also soared. In the last month, searches for warm weather apparel and footwear correspond with the rising temperatures. When temperatures rise, searches for keywords like ‘short shorts', ‘sandals’ and ‘bathing suits’ do the same.

















    So make sure you are taking advantage of the heat wave (whether you're selling apparel or sprinklers) through your ad messaging and keyword bids. Search has always been about


  • New Message Center notifications for detecting an increase in Crawl Errors

    July 26, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All

    When Googlebot crawls your site, it’s expected that most URLs will return a 200 response code, some a 404 response, some will be disallowed by robots.txt, etc. Whenever we’re unable to reach your content, we show this information in the Crawl errors section of Webmaster Tools (even though it might be intentional and not actually an error). Continuing with our effort to provide useful and actionable information to webmasters, we're now sending SiteNotice messages when we detect a significant increase in the number of crawl


  • Introducing Google Apps for Government

    July 26, 2010


    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

    Today we’re excited to announce a new edition of Google Apps. Designed with guidance from customers like the federal government, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Orlando, Google Apps for Government includes the same great Google applications that people know and love, with specific measures to address the policy and security needs of the public sector.

    We’re also pleased to announce that


  • Introducing Google Apps for Government

    July 26, 2010

    Today we’re excited to announce a new edition of Google Apps. Designed with guidance from customers like the federal government, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Orlando, Google Apps for Government includes the same great Google applications that people know and love, with specific measures to address the policy and security needs of the public sector.

    We’re also pleased to announce that Google Apps is the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation


  • Tips & Tricks: GoogleLookup in Google spreadsheets

    July 26, 2010

    Have you been frustrated trying to find the populations or capitals of a list of countries? Would you like to easily get a list of the birthdays of all of your favorite musicians and actors? The GoogleLookup function in Google spreadsheets does all of the work, and in a matter of seconds you have all of the information you want. Using the information collected from the Web using Google Search, the GoogleLookup function finds the values for straightforward facts about specific things.

    To use the GoogleLookup function, enter the following formula


  • AdSense: Behind the Scenes - Meet Evanne

    July 26, 2010

    In the last video of this series, Evanne, a member of the Partner Development team, talks about her favorite Google perk, her obsession with music, and an important tip she’d like to share with all of you.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about what goes on behind the scenes in AdSense. If you have feedback on this series, or ideas for future series, we’d love to hear them so please leave us a comment!




  • Honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    July 26, 2010

    [Cross-posted on Google Public Policy Blog]

    Bending, walking, breathing, hearing, seeing and sleeping are simple things that are often taken for granted, as are thinking, learning, and communicating.

    Twenty years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This milestone legislation bans persons or companies from discriminating against anyone with limited abilities. It’s hard to imagine a world in which the right to participate in activities commonly enjoyed by the bulk of the population are denied


  • Honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    July 26, 2010



    Bending, walking, breathing, hearing, seeing and sleeping are simple things that are often taken for granted, as are thinking, learning, and communicating.

    Twenty years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This milestone legislation bans persons or companies from discriminating against anyone with limited abilities. It’s hard to imagine a world in which the right to participate in activities commonly enjoyed by the bulk of the population are denied or


  • 3D Basecamp: Submission deadline extended

    July 26, 2010

    It would appear that giving folks only the weekend to submit their requests for 3D Basecamp 2010 invitations was a not-so-good idea -- my sincere apologies (and thanks) to all those who rushed. Most of the image links we've received so far are both beautiful and inspiring. This is going to be one heck of an event.

    We've still got lots of space available, so please keep those submissions coming. We plan to keep the form online an extra two days -- until 09:00 MDT (15:00 GMT) Wednesday, July 29th.

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