Sunday, August 22, 2010

New About Google - 22 August 2010

  • 5 Questions for Mark Horvath, Founder of InvisiblePeople. tv

    August 21, 2010

    We're always inspired by the people who use YouTube as a way to document how the other half lives, and Mark Horvath is a great example. As the founder of Invisible People. tv, a project that encourages homeless people across the United States to tell their stories on YouTube, he has sparked a discussion on the site about poverty and hunger. Mark's videos are a raw and real depiction of what it's like to live in a tent city, under an overpass, or within a cardboard box. Today, we're featuring a few of these videos on the YouTube homepage, and

  • The transmission of art by television (and now YouTube)

    August 20, 2010

    Inspired by YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video, the Guggenheim has launched a terrific blog called The Take, featuring writings by scholars, artists and other experts on topics like online video, digital content, the history of video art, and the effects of the Internet on art and culture. Naturally, some of what’s being covered has strong connections to YouTube, and so the kind folks at the Guggenheim have allowed us to cross-post here.

    This post is from writer/curator Michael Connor, founder of the
    Marian Spore

  • Interviews @ GUADEC, part 1

    August 20, 2010

    Jeremy Allison, co-founder of Samba and member of the Google Open Source Programs Office, recently returned from GUADEC, the GNOME conference held in The Hague, Netherlands. Jeremy was kind enough to bring his video camera along with him so he could interview some open source community notables and share the recordings here on this blog.

    Jeremy’s first interview is with Bradley Kuhn, who is a board member of the Free Software Foundation, the president of Software Freedom Conservancy, and the Policy Analyst and Technology

  • Google Apps highlights – 8/20/2010

    August 20, 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.

    Over the last few weeks, we made it easier to find more kinds of information in Gmail as well as use multiple Gmail accounts at once. Google Docs and Google Sites both added new features, and we released improved tools to move existing data to Google Apps.

    Find docs and sites quickly from Gmail
    On Wednesday we cooked up our newest Labs feature in Gmail—a more powerful

  • Showing more results from a domain

    August 20, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All

    Today we’ve launched a change to our ranking algorithm that will make it much easier for users to find a large number of results from a single site. For queries that indicate a strong user interest in a particular domain, like [exhibitions at amnh], we’ll now show more results from the relevant site:

    Prior to today’s change, only two results from would have appeared for this query. Now, we determine that the user is likely interested in the Museum of Natural History’s website, so seven results from the

  • Share your reflections on Hurricane Katrina, five years later

    August 20, 2010

    Five years ago, on August 29, Hurricane Katrina began battering the Gulf Coast region, destroying homes, schools and businesses, and submerging the city of New Orleans under water. The deadly hurricane claimed over a thousand lives, left hundreds of thousands without homes, and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage, amounting to one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. Despite these challenges, the resilient spirit of the Big Easy has helped the city and its residents rebound and rebuild.

    In 9 days

  • Site maintenance on Saturday, August 21

    August 20, 2010

    This Saturday, our engineers will be performing routine site maintenance from 10am to 2pm PDT. You'll be unable to log in to your AdSense account during this time, but we'll continue serving ads to your pages and tracking your clicks, impressions, and earnings as usual. In addition, your ad targeting won't be affected.

    We've converted the maintenance start time for a few cities around the world:

    London - 6pm Saturday
    Alexandria - 7pm Saturday
    Hyderabad - 10:30pm Saturday
    Jakarta - 12am Sunday
    Perth - 1am Sunday

    To learn more about what goes

  • A Little Too Popular

    August 19, 2010

    A couple of weeks ago, we arranged that registered developers could buy an unlocked Nexus One via their publisher page in Android Market. We think it’s a good development platform and a nice phone. Apparently, you agree. Somewhat too many of you, in fact; we blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time, and they’re back-ordered from HTC, who are doing a pretty good job of managing runaway success amid a worldwide AMOLED shortage. Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers

  • Use Linux? Now you can video chat too

    August 19, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Gmail Blog)

    If you’ve been wanting to use voice and video chat on Linux (our top video chat request), then we have good news for you: it’s now available! Visit to download the plugin and get started. Voice and video chat for Linux supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, and RPM support will be coming soon.

    Posted by Tristan Schmelcher, Software Engineer

  • Use Linux? Now you can video chat too

    August 19, 2010

    If you’ve been wanting to use voice and video chat on Linux (our top video chat request), then we have good news for you: it’s now available! Visit to download the plugin and get started. Voice and video chat for Linux supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, and RPM support will be coming soon.

  • Our latest search story: run on

    August 19, 2010

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

    Recently, a group of Google product managers challenged one another to run 100 miles over 30 days in the interest of encouraging summer fitness. I grew up in Huntsville, AL, where I always loved exercising and experiencing the great outdoors, so I took to the challenge immediately. One hundred and thirty-three miles and a few pairs of new running shoes later, it was an incredible opportunity to push myself further

  • YouTube Homepage: Promoted Videos advertisers can get it while it's hot

    August 19, 2010

    For big advertisers on YouTube, the YouTube homepage is often seen as the holy grail. It's the highest-profile placement on YouTube, providing marketers with the ability to deliver a big impact and drive attention to content, trailers or advertising. To give you an idea of the scale we’re talking about, the homepage has been delivering nearly 45 million impressions per day and 18 million unique visitors a day in the U.S. — that's the equivalent to the ratings of several top-rated prime-time television shows combined. While impressions and unique

  • A developer preview for the Chrome Web Store

    August 19, 2010

    Today, we released a developer preview of the Chrome Web Store. Besides brand new documentation, we now allow developers to upload their apps using the developer registration flow of the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery.

    The Chrome Web Store will be launching later this year. In the meantime, we’ll continue to share news on apps and the store through blog posts on the Chromium and Google Code blogs. We also encourage you to join our discussion group for apps for updates on our efforts.

  • Ready, Set, Go

    August 19, 2010

    Rob Pike, Google Distinguished Engineer and co-creator of the Go programming language, presented an OSCON keynote last month about his motivations for creating Go. For those of you who weren’t able to catch Rob in person, you can now watch the video of his talk.

    If you’ve been curious about an open source programming language that offers, in the Go team’s words, “the development speed of working in a dynamic language like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C++,” check out the video and then

  • Horizontal navigation, site footer, and more in Google Sites

    August 19, 2010

    One of the most requested Google Sites features is horizontal navigation, which is why we’re happy to announce that it’s finally here along with a few other cool features.

    Horizontal navigation
    You can now add horizontal navigation to your site’s layout in one of three different flavors: boxes, tabs, and links.

    If you want to customize the look and feel of the horizontal navigation, you can set the background, link and hover properties via More actions > Manage site >Colors and Fonts.

    If you’ve been craving

  • Getting Ready for the Holidays: Google Product Search

    August 18, 2010

    As we draw closer to Q4, it's a good time to make sure you're getting all the traffic you can from free sources. Most of you are probably already participating in Google Product Search, a free and powerful way for retailers to connect their products to millions of shoppers on the web. If you are not, visit to get started. Once you are using Google Product Search, here are some tips to make sure you're getting the most out of this free product:
    • Submit all required and suggested attributes, including "unique product

  • Off the Charts

    August 18, 2010

    What’s the latest in the all-time most viewed video smackdown between Bieber and Gaga? Is David After Dentist pwning Charlie Bit My Finger? Who grabbed more subscribers this month, ShayCarl or Annoying Orange?

    These are the big questions on the lips of the YouTube community. To help answer them, we're launching “YouTube Charts” to give you a clear view of how your favorite videos and creators stack up against each other. You can sort charts by “today,” “this week” and “all time.”

    We’d love to hear your suggestions on

  • CSS3 Transitions and Transforms in Gmail for the iPad

    August 18, 2010

    The Mobile Gmail team recently announced a new stacked cards interface for the iPad. In this interface we make use of CSS3 transitions and transforms to provide a more intuitive interface that has a look and feel that is similar to native applications. In this post we will describe CSS3 transitions and transforms and how they were used to develop this interface. All of the CSS and JavaScript examples currently work only in WebKit-based browsers, such as Safari on the iPad. However, Mozilla-based browsers have their own versions of WebKit-based

  • EDU Summer School, Session 6: Economics

    August 18, 2010

    This week marks the last session of our summer series, but do not fret, all of the fascinating lectures and material we’ve surfaced for you over the weeks will still be available on YouTube EDU. In only six weeks, we’ve learned some interesting things about topics ranging from classical mechanics and differential equations to exploring drawing techniques and French history. While we’ve had fun pulling these videos together into topic playlists, we hope you take some time on your own to explore the vast array of educational videos on YouTube

  • Verification time savers — Analytics included!

    August 18, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All

    Nobody likes to duplicate effort. Unfortunately, sometimes it's a fact of life. If you want to use Google Analytics, you need to add a JavaScript tracking code to your pages. When you're ready to verify ownership of your site in other Google products (such as Webmaster Tools), you have to add a meta tag, HTML file or DNS record to your site. They're very similar tasks, but also completely independent. Until today.

    You can now use a Google Analytics JavaScript snippet to verify ownership of your website. If you already

  • Check spelling in Google spreadsheets

    August 18, 2010

    Correct spelling is an essential part of document creation and today we woild liek to annnounce that spelll chceking is now available in Google spreadsheets.

    To launch the new spell checker, go to Tools > Check spelling. The tool will go through all the cells on your sheet, highlighting each cell which has a misspelled word in red. Words that might be misspelled in each cell are underlined in red and can be changed by clicking on them and selecting the right spelling.

    Click Next to go to the next cell and once all the cells on one sheet

  • Happy Mother’s Day

    August 18, 2010

    It's Mother's Day in India today, and the orkut team wants to celebrate it with all moms and the people who love them. Check out the special doodle we’ve created for this occasion:

    If you're looking for a way to show your mom how much you care, there's plenty to do on orkut. Try joining "I Love my Mom" community for starters. Don't forget that you can also send a special Mothers' Day scrap, leave her a video, or upload photos with your best adventures and memories.

    Of course, the best present you could give is just

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