Saturday, August 28, 2010

New About Google - 28 August 2010

  • Conflictivism

    August 27, 2010

    For our second cross-post from the Guggenheim’s The Take blog, inspired by YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video, Jaime Davidovich pontificates on YouTube as “public access gone ballistic” and how the 21st century artist might deal with the site’s cacophony of image and sound.

    Davidovich was one of the first artists to recognize cable television for its potential for contemporary art, producing
    The Live! Show, a weekly public-access television program that featured avant-garde performances, artwork, political satire and social


  • This week in search 8/27/10

    August 27, 2010

    This is one of a regular series of posts on search experience updates. Look for the label This week in search and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    Searches come in many flavors, but it's our job to determine what type of search you're doing once you've clicked your way out of the search box. Whether you're looking for a blog or a business, our goal is to get you the most relevant type of result back to you—fast. Ultimately, it's that combination of relevance and speed that we think will give you the best experience. Here are some of our newest


  • An update on our ITA Software acquisition

    August 27, 2010



    Last month we announced our plans to acquire ITA Software. Today, after meeting with many companies in the industry, we're even more excited about building new tools that will make it easier for consumers to search for flights, compare flight options, and get you quickly to a site where you can buy a ticket.

    We’ve been encouraged by the travel industry support we’ve seen for this acquisition -- from airlines to online travel agencies. Even longtime travel guru Arthur Frommer said


  • An update on JavaOne

    August 27, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Code Blog)

    Like many of you, every year we look forward to the workshops, conferences and events related to open source software. In our view, these are among the best ways we can engage the community, by sharing our experiences and learning from yours. So we’re sad to announce that we won't be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source


  • An update on JavaOne

    August 27, 2010

    Like many of you, every year we look forward to the workshops, conferences and events related to open source software. In our view, these are among the best ways we can engage the community, by sharing our experiences and learning from yours. So we’re sad to announce that we won't be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source generally. This is a painful realization for


  • Interviews from GUADEC, Part 2

    August 27, 2010



    At many open source conferences, discussions about diversity come up and there is a lot of talk about how to make the open source community more inclusive and welcoming. While the Open Source Programs Office’s Jeremy Allison was at GUADEC, he had a chance to talk to someone who is actively doing something to get more women involved in free software. Marina Zhurakhinskaya, GNOME Shell developer and Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat, is an organizer of the GNOME Outreach Program for Women and she spoke to Jeremy on camera about


  • Bigger, better Google Finance charts -- and how to get the most out of them

    August 27, 2010




  • Find out what’s hot on search with the Google Beat

    August 26, 2010

    Every day, there are more than a billion searches for information on Google. Have you ever wondered what those searches are about—or whether what you’re searching for also happens to be on the minds of millions of others across the country? We’re introducing a new way to find out—a regular video series called the Google Beat that highlights some of the hottest searches on Google in the U.S.

    Using data from Google Trends, Google Insights for Search and some additional tools, the Google Beat will give you a snapshot of some of the topics that


  • Easier event scheduling in Google Calendar

    August 26, 2010



    In the next day or so, you'll start to see some changes to the event page in Google Calendar which should make scheduling events easier. We've made the style more consistent with other Google apps, put information that’s most commonly used at the top of the screen, simplified the layout, and added some functionality.

    A new repeating event editor
    The old interface for creating recurring events was clumsy and took up too much space on the screen. Now you'll see only a summary of your recurring event


  • JibJab + Google Site Search = more laughs

    August 26, 2010



    The folks at JibJab are good at doing two things: Making people laugh and... Okay, so maybe weʼre REALLY good at one thing: Making people laugh. Finding the perfect birthday eCard for your friends and family has always been a priority for us here at JibJab. We all felt that search would be the perfect compliment to our existing browsing experience and then we discovered Google Site Search ... our wildest dreams were about to become reality.

    Seriously. We get


  • Think Holiday with Google Webinar

    August 26, 2010

    We’re excited to announce that we recently completed our latest research study, regarding consumer shopping intentions for Holiday 2010, and hosted a "Think Holiday" webinar featuring results from that research on Wednesday.

    In case you missed it, here's a quick update on three new trends we're seeing in the market:
    1. "Thrill of the hunt" -- the increase in private sales and group buying sites
    2. "The rise of the personal shopper" -- smartphones are changing the shopping landscape
    3. "We’ve made new friends" -- how new 'friends' engage with your


  • Google Buzz API adds Track and some improvements

    August 26, 2010

    Let's say you're really interested in coffee and tea and would like to know every time someone talks about them. You've been able to do that for the web with Google Alerts. Now you will be able to do the same thing for Google Buzz with our latest feature: Track. Plus, you can restrict your search to a specific geographic area! This API will allow you to enter a search query and from then on receive any new public Google Buzz posts—in real time—that match that query. It uses PubSubHubbub, which is the same open standard used by our fire


  • Google Realtime Search: a new home with new tools

    August 26, 2010

    When we first introduced our real-time search features last December, we focused on bringing relevance to the freshest information on the web. Our goal was to provide real-time content from a comprehensive set of sources, integrated right into your usual search results. Today we’re making our most significant enhancements to date, giving real-time information its own home and more powerful tools to help you find what you need. Now you can access Google Realtime Search at its own address, www.google.com/realtime (the page is rolling out now and


  • In-cell dropdown and validation in spreadsheets

    August 26, 2010

    Today, we added in-cell dropdown and validation to spreadsheets. This makes it easy to constrain the values of an individual cell to a specific range or list. For example, if you are building a trip planning spreadsheet, you can now limit the options in the travel destination column to a select set of cities via dropdown lists.

    In-cell dropdowns also make input easier by reducing unnecessary typing and errors in processing. You can create dropdown lists in individual cells through the data validation tool by validating against a range of cells


  • Demystifying the app ranking criteria in orkut

    August 26, 2010

    Over the months, we’ve had many requests to explain the way we rank applications in the orkut directory. Developers often wonder why one of their very popular apps doesn’t appear as high up in the directory as they believe it should. Well, it’s not exactly magic but simple math, and we wanted to share with you how our algorithm works out the rankings.

    As you’d expect, we rely heavily on stats that tell us not only the number of users who have installed your app but also the number of users who actively use it. The number of installations is

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