Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New About Google - 10 august 2010

  • It’s here! America's Got Talent: The YouTube Edition

    August 10, 2010

    Earlier this year, America's Got Talent turned to YouTube in its ongoing quest to find America's hottest performers. Thousands of people submitted audition videos to perform live on the show and tonight, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, you can finally see which 12 YouTube contestants made it.

    There are some big dreams riding on this edition of America's Got Talent, along with a lot of support for the singers, musicians, dancers and other aspiring stars who submitted their videos with the hope of being discovered.

    Good luck to all of our talented


  • Practical Report Generation on App Engine

    August 9, 2010

    We recently announced the Mapper API, a first step in a broader effort to provide full MapReduce capabilities on App Engine. While we still have some work ahead of us, there’s already a lot that can be done with today’s Mapper API. One area of particular interest is report generation.


    Most applications create and maintain large numbers of detail records: entities in data models, transaction history or event logs. In order to glean useful information out of these vast data sets, your application has to iterate over your entities, summarize


  • Why do Customers Friend Brands?

    August 9, 2010

    Lady Gaga has over 12 million Facebook fans. Starbucks just surpassed 10 million Facebook fans last week. It's social media, and it's fun. But how many of your customers are fans of your brand and what do they want out of that relationship?

    According to our latest research, only 50% of Facebook users “friend” brands; this means that more than half of users don’t friend brands, and the ones who do generally just friend one or two.















    For the consumers who do friend your brand, what are they looking


  • Your Google stories: the right answer in the nick of time

    August 9, 2010

    This is the first in a series of stories from people who have shared how Google has helped them in their lives. Check back the rest of this week for more. -Ed.

    We talk a lot about the products we build and the things we’re doing, but we don't often talk about the ways in which search touches people’s lives every day. Yet our ability to help people is why I—and most of the people around me—love working on search.

    Some of the best feedback we receive are the real-world stories of how people have used Google to make an impact in their lives


  • More blog goodness! Make room for BizBlog and Creator’s Corner posts

    August 9, 2010

    With pageviews up 115% compared to the same time last year and millions of people reading this blog each month, it’s time for a fresh injection of blog content. So starting today, we’re transitioning posts from the BizBlog, our partner and advertiser blog, and the Creator’s Corner blog, our blog devoted to all the cool things you make on YouTube, to this blog. You’ll see more guest posts; you’ll get to know some of YouTube’s most accomplished videomakers a little better; and you’ll discover how all kinds of people -- partners, advertisers


  • A new look for AdSense for content ad units

    August 9, 2010

    We're excited to announce a revamped design of three of our AdSense for content ad units! After analyzing publisher site layouts and reviewing requests around the world, we decided to make our formats more space-efficient and visually pleasing by changing the layout of the text. We spent a lot of time experimenting with different possibilities, and we're starting with changes to the following ad units:
    • Leaderboard (728x90): the title, description, and URL are now arranged in rows instead of columns (except in the case when only one ad is showing


  • Convert files in the documents list to a Google Docs format

    August 9, 2010

    Today, we’re happy to announce that you can now convert files already uploaded to your documents list into a Google Docs format. Previously, this option was only available on upload.

    This addition includes converting image and PDF files to text using our recently added Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. The full list of files that can be converted include:
    • For spreadsheets: .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tsb
    • For documents: .doc, .docx, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf
    • For presentations: .ppt, .pps
    • For OCR: .jpg, .gif


  • A joint policy proposal for an open Internet

    August 9, 2010



    The original architects of the Internet got the big things right. By making the network open, they enabled the greatest exchange of ideas in history. By making the Internet scalable, they enabled explosive innovation in the infrastructure.

    It is imperative that we find ways to protect the future openness of the Internet and encourage the rapid deployment of broadband. Verizon and Google


  • A joint policy proposal for an open Internet

    August 9, 2010

    Today, Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon, will announce a joint proposal for an open Internet. We’ve been working with Verizon to find common ground on the issue of net neutrality for nearly a year—last October we released a shared statement of principles, and in January, we made a joint filing to the FCC. We hope today’s proposal, a suggested legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers, helps to advance the debate over open Internet rules in Washington. We also believe that it is best for users and for


  • BSDCan through the years

    August 9, 2010

    I’m Kirk Russell, a Google Site Reliability Engineer who moves files around the cloud at a massive scale. I use BSD software on a daily basis -- in my Android phone, my home NAS and my MacBook. My newest toy is a small ARM board that runs FreeBSD.

    Earlier this year I attended BSDCan, a software conference for BSD based operating system projects. I attended this conference to learn about new BSD technology that will someday become part of my daily life and to meet people with similar interests -- there is time to chat in-between

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