Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New About Google - 01 September 2010

  • Google now indexes SVG

    August 31, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All

    You can now use Google search to find SVG documents. SVG is an open, XML-based format for vector graphics with support for interactive elements. We’re big fans of open standards, and our mission is to organize the world’s information, so indexing SVG is a natural step.

    We index SVG content whether it is in a standalone file or embedded directly in HTML. The web is big, so it may take some time before we crawl and index most SVG files, but as of today you may start seeing them in your search results. If you want to see it


  • Community Celebration in Peru

    August 31, 2010

    Recently, a team of Googlers traveled to Peru and celebrated the winner (and community) of the Google International Model Your Town Competition. Jorge De Albertis of Lima won through a process where people all over the world voted for one of five finalists. His ability to win so many votes was a testament to the power of a community coming together to support Jorge’s efforts. His contribution creating 3D models of many of the historical buildings in the Barranco District of Lima has garnered a lot of attention in his country, and worldwide


  • Live on YouTube tonight: President Obama’s Oval Office address on Iraq

    August 31, 2010

    President Obama set a deadline of August 31, 2010 for ending the combat operation in Iraq and shrinking the U.S. footprint there to no more than 50,000 troops. Tonight, at 8 P.M. ET, the President will address the country from the Oval Office about the status of this effort. You can tune into a live-stream of the speech on YouTube at www.youtube.com/whitehouse -- where you’ll also be able to ask the White House follow-up questions on the future of American involvement in Iraq in a special Moderator series. Click here to submit your question


  • Online publishers: growing the display advertising pie

    August 31, 2010

    This is the latest post in our series on the future of display advertising. Today, director of product management Jonathan Bellack looks at our efforts to help online publishers generate more advertising revenue - Ed.

    For millions of online publishers—from the smallest blogger to the largest entertainment, news, e-commerce and information sites—online advertising revenue is vital. When publishers can maximize their returns, everyone benefits from more vibrant online content and websites. But the pace of change in the industry can be intimidating


  • Collaborative highlighting in documents

    August 31, 2010

    Wayne Gretzky famously said that “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”

    Writing a document collaboratively in Google Docs is like playing a team sport. It’s one thing to see your co-editors’ cursors and know where they are. But to really work well together, it helps to know what they’re about to do. Today we’ve made it much easier to anticipate the changes other editors are about to make.

    You can now see the text that other editors are highlighting as they select it. So if


  • Email overload? Try Priority Inbox

    August 30, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Gmail Blog)

    People tell us all the time that they’re getting more and more mail and often feel overwhelmed by it all. We know what you mean—here at Google we run on email. Our inboxes are slammed with hundreds, sometimes thousands of messages a day—mail from colleagues, from lists, about appointments and automated mail that’s often not important. It’s time-consuming to figure out what needs to be read and what needs a reply. Today, we’re happy to introduce Priority Inbox (in beta)—an experimental new way of taking


  • Email overload? Try Priority Inbox

    August 30, 2010



    People tell us all the time that they’re getting more and more mail and often feel overwhelmed by it all. We know what you mean—here at Google we run on email. Our inboxes are slammed with hundreds, sometimes thousands of messages a day—mail from colleagues, from lists, about appointments and automated mail that’s often not important. It’s time-consuming to figure out what needs to be read and what needs a reply. Today, we’re happy to introduce Priority Inbox (in beta)—an experimental new way of taking


  • Vulnerability trends: how are companies really doing?

    August 30, 2010



    Quite a few security companies and organizations produce vulnerability databases, cataloguing bugs and reporting trends across the industry based on the data they compile. There is value in this exercise; specifically, getting a look at examples across a range of companies and industries gives us information about the most common types of threats, as well as how they are distributed.

    Unfortunately, the data behind these reports is commonly inaccurate or outdated to some degree. The truth is that maintaining


  • Share your story with the new Google Translate

    August 30, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Translate blog)

    Today, you may have noticed a brighter looking Google Translate. We’re currently rolling out several changes globally to our look and feel that should make translating text, webpages and documents on Google Translate even easier. These changes will be available globally within a couple of days.

    Google Translate’s shiny new coat of paint

    With today’s functional and visual changes we wanted to make it simpler for you to discover and make the most of Google Translate’s many features and


  • App Engine 1.3.7 SDK Bugfix Release

    August 30, 2010

    Last week we announced our 1.3.6 release with lots of new, exciting features to try out. After it was released, developers dug into all the new functional and discovered a pair of issues that required a quick fix. Today we are releasing version 1.3.7 of the SDK in both Java and Python to fix two issues that shipped with last week’s release 1.3.6.

    The first issue was with the Python SDK, which was missing the functionality to assign a namespace based on the Google Apps domain. With this release the function google_apps_namespace() should exist


  • Dressed to Impress

    August 30, 2010

    How are students spending the last days of summer? Finding ways to look their best for the upcoming school year, of course. “First day of school outfit” searches grew 96% from 2008 to 2009 with an even stronger and earlier interest this year.















    On your landing pages, guide shoppers to the latest trends, and provide ideas for a fail-safe back-to-school wardrobe. Encourage add-on purchases with all the right accessories and footwear. Give guidance on how to dress to impress to build brand interest and loyalty


  • 23 walls of Googley

    August 30, 2010

    A couple months ago while visiting our London office, I noticed a really cool Google logo on the wall. It was a mosaic of photos of London that had been created by a product manager named Clay Bavor and a team of Googlers (in fact, Clay wrote about it). As a few of us admired the wall, we thought there must be other Googlers who could create something equally cool and fun. So we cooked up a little contest for the product management team: create your own version of a “Googley Art Wall” and the team with the best entry wins a nice dinner out and


  • AdSense email preferences: Get the most from your account and from Google

    August 30, 2010

    Have you checked your AdSense email preferences lately? If not, you may be missing out on important information and special offers without realizing. Take a minute to log in and update your email preferences under the ‘My Account’ tab.

    Want to be invited to upcoming events like AdSense In Your City? Make sure you check the box next to Special Offers when you edit your email preferences so you can stay up-to-date with giveaways and other special programs in your area.

    Want tips from the AdSense team for how to earn more with your AdSense


  • Arcade Fire meets HTML5

    August 30, 2010

    What would a music experience designed specifically for the modern web look like? This is a question we've been playing around with for the last few months. Browsers and web technologies have advanced so rapidly in the last few years that powerful experiences tailored to each unique person in real-time are now a reality.

    Today we’re excited to launch a musical experience made specifically for the browser. Called “The Wilderness Downtown”, the project was created by writer/director Chris Milk with the band Arcade Fire and Google. Building this


  • What do Arcade Fire and HTML5 have in common?

    August 30, 2010

    This week, a lot.


    Today we’re excited to announce the band Arcade Fire’s new project “The Wilderness Downtown,” an interactive HTML5 music experience that is being showcased on Google’s Chrome Experiments site. The project was created by writer/director Chris Milk with Arcade Fire and Google.



    We put everything except the proverbial kitchen sink into this project: It features HTML5 audio, video, and canvas, animated windows with JavaScript controllers, mash-ups with Google Maps and Street View APIs, and an interactive drawing tool


  • More advertiser control on YouTube

    August 30, 2010

    We’re constantly working to give advertisers control and flexibility over their YouTube campaigns. We place great value on this because ads are an extension of what a company represents as a business, and we want YouTube to be a place where that reputation and image can flourish.

    To that end, we’ve been rolling out features to keep advertisers in control of their campaigns. We announced one such example last week, when we launched a feature that gives select advertisers the ability to voluntarily age-restrict their videos. But there’s more

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