Friday, August 6, 2010

Technical News - 06 august 2010

  • YouTube Summer School, Session 4: History

    August 6, 2010

    While we enjoy looking ahead and thinking big, we also take to heart the famous quote from George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." That’s why for this week’s session of YouTube Summer School, we’re taking some time to review the past, to help us better understand the people, events and decisions that have shaped our times. Here's a playlist of important history lessons from top institutions:

    And while we're in a scholarly mode, let’s look at last week's session on math and test your

  • Stay informed about your models

    August 5, 2010

    Great news! In response to customer feedback, the Google 3D Warehouse now sends model updates via email, allowing you to stay informed about the status of your models as they’re being evaluated.

    Now, when your model is published to Google Earth you’ll receive a congratulatory message. Likewise, we’ll also let you know if your model wasn’t accepted, or if it was replaced by another model. With these email notifications, you don’t have to check your models in the 3D Warehouse to see their status. When we have an update, we’ll send you an email

  • The 2010 Google Faculty Summit

    August 5, 2010

    Last week, we held our sixth North American Computer Science Faculty Summit at our Mountain View headquarters. About 100 faculty members from universities around the world attended the summit, which focused on security, cloud computing and the social web.

    Included in the agenda were presentations by Eric Grosse on security at scale, Ulfar Erlingsson on cloud computing and software security, Betsy Masiello on engineering private spaces online, and Andrew Fikes on “planetary-scale” storage systems in the cloud. Andrew Tompkins also moderated a

  • Access two Gmail accounts at once in the same browser

    August 5, 2010

    I have a couple different Gmail addresses that I use for different purposes. Historically, Google Accounts – including Gmail accounts — have only let people access one account at a time per browser, so using both accounts has been a bit inconvenient. I’ve either had to sign out and sign back in, use a second browser for my second account, or use a Chrome incognito window. And I'm not alone; lots of people have asked us for a better way to use multiple accounts at once in the same browser.

  • Google Summer of Code Midterm Evaluations

    August 5, 2010

    Midterm evaluations for Google Summer of Code 2010™ have wrapped up and we have some great news about the program.

    Out of the over 1,000 participating students from the beginning of the program, 964 have passed their midterm evaluation. That’s just a over 90% pass rate - exactly on target for what we expect from the program.

    Since Google Summer of Code started in 2005, we’ve had over 5,000 students complete the Google Summer of Code program. Take a look at the timeline on our website for more details about the program - our final

  • Google Tags makes it easy as pie to find local customers

    August 5, 2010

    This is the latest post in our series about Small Business and the real-life entrepreneurs who are using Google tools to fuel their success. Previous posts have illustrated the possibilities enabled by online resources like Google Places, Google Apps, Google AdWords and YouTube. Starting today, we invite small business owners to check out our new Google Small Business Blog for more inspiring stories like these and the latest news, updates and tips to help you grow your business. -Ed.

    To characterize the life of a small business owner as

  • You can count the number of books in the world on 25,972,976 hands

    August 5, 2010

    Ever wonder just how many different books there are in the world? After some intensive analysis, we've come up with a number. Standing on the shoulders of giants—libraries and cataloging organizations—and based on our computational resources and experience of organizing millions of books through our Books Library Project and Books Partner Program since 2004, we’ve determined that number.

    As of today, we estimate that there are 129,864,880 different books in the world. That's a lot of knowledge captured in the written word! This calculation used

  • Join Arcade Fire live from Madison Square Garden

    August 5, 2010

    Tonight, thousands of fans will pack into Madison Square Garden in New York City to hear Arcade Fire...but they won’t be the only ones experiencing the band’s orchestral indie rock roar: the concert will be live-streamed right here at 10 p.m. (ET). The global webcast will be directed by Monty Python alum and award-winning filmmaker Terry Gilliam, and is the first show in the new “Unstaged” concert series brought to you by YouTube, American Express and Vevo.

    But don’t simply watch -- participate! During tonight’s concert

  • Nexus One Developer Phone

    August 5, 2010

    We've always offered unlocked phones for direct sale to registered Android Developers. As of today, the Developer Phone is the Nexus One, at a price of $529. To see the details or order a phone, you need to sign in to your Android developer account and click on the "Development Phones" link.

    The Nexus One combines an up-to-the-minute platform (Android 2.2), modern hardware, and the pure Android software suite. It's a good choice both for people who want to build Android applications using either the SDK or the NDK, and those who want to experiment

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