Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New About Google - 24 August 2010

  • What do you think about human rights (and your rights) online?

    August 23, 2010

    Government police shutting down farmer’s protests in China. A tobacco company employing under-age workers in Kazakhstan. Iranian merchants striking to protest tax increases in Tehran. We've seen stories like these on our computers and phones every day, and we've been documenting many of them on our breaking news feed on Citizentube over the past few months. Videos like these are more than just breaking news images; they're often political statements meant to bring about change.

    Earlier this summer we started a blog series with WITNESS

  • Celebrate your friends on Raksha Bandhan

    August 23, 2010

    One of the most powerful things about orkut is the way it's able to strengthen the bonds between friends. With scraps, photos, chat, video chat, and much more, we do our best to make it simple and easy to keep in touch with the people you care about.

    That's why when we learned about Raksha Bandhan, a festival taking place today, celebrating the love, affection and protection of siblings and close friends, we thought it would be a fun thing to highlight to the orkut community.

    Popular in parts of India and other countries

  • Heating up the 2010 midterm elections with In-Stream Ads

    August 23, 2010

    Getting elected to the House or Senate these days is no longer as easy as putting up some yard signs, holding babies and smiling at the local senior center. With 68% of U.S. voters heading online before they vote to do research on local ballot initiatives, being online is crucial to getting elected. For the last couple of election cycles, we have seen how important it is for politicians and issue advocacy groups to maintain channels on YouTube — but when it comes to advertising, most campaigns get their messages to constituents through online

  • Tips & Tricks: Enhancing your Presentations with Incremental Reveal

    August 23, 2010

    Today’s blogpost is in a different format, a Google presentation about how incremental reveal can make your presentations better by improving their flow.

    Check out the difference by comparing the presentation below with and without incremental reveal. Start by clicking play to view the presentation without incremental reveal. Then click on the "open in new window" button to see the full presentation with incremental reveals in action.

    You'll notice how the presentation flows more smoothly and is easier to follow.

  • Sensitive category blocking now available for Japanese, Chinese, Polish, and Portuguese

    August 23, 2010

    In an effort to expand the availability of sensitive category blocking (also known as category filtering) worldwide, we’re happy to announce that sensitive category blocking has now officially launched in Japanese, Chinese, Polish, and Portuguese. As you might know, this feature is also available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Arabic with testing being done for Russian.

    With sensitive category blocking, you can prevent ads from up to 11 specific categories from appearing on your pages. Ads in these categories will

  • Let's Make a Deal

    August 23, 2010

    Who doesn’t love a good deal? We all know consumers like to get the most bang for their buck. Savvy consumers continue to hunt for the best discounts, with “coupon” searches seeing a continual lift in volume.

    As the fall season approaches, it comes as no surprise that consumers are on the prowl for back-to-school discounts. “Back-to-school coupon” searches jumped 70% from 2008 to 2009, and are on track to top last year. These coupons will encourage shoppers to purchase, both online and in-store.

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