Friday, September 3, 2010

New About Google - 03 September 2010

  • Questions and Ideas for SketchUp 8

    September 2, 2010

    The Google SketchUp team is listening and wants to hear what you have to say about SketchUp 8!

    This week at 3D Basecamp, selected SketchUp enthusiasts will gather in Boulder CO, to meet the SketchUp team and discuss all things in nature. One of the perks of attending 3D Basecamp is that users are presented with the opportunity to speak with SketchUp engineers face to face. They can ask their most pressing questions and share their most brilliant ideas for improving SketchUp.

    Well guess what? This year, we are happy to announce that there is a


  • Rich snippets: testing tool improvements, breadcrumbs, and events

    September 2, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All

    Since the initial roll-out of rich snippets in 2009, webmasters have shown a great deal of interest in adding markup to their web pages to improve their listings in search results. When webmasters add markup using microdata, microformats, or RDFa, Google is able to understand the content on web pages and show search result snippets that better convey the information on the page. Thanks to steady adoption by webmasters, we now see more than twice as many searches with rich snippets in the results in the US, and a four


  • 5 Tips for campaigns on YouTube

    September 2, 2010

    This post is part of our "BizBlog Series", which was formerly its own blog. Check back each week to see articles for partners and advertisers on YouTube, or search under the label, "BizBlog".

    In this election season, we've been working with political campaigns to understand how best to take advantage of what YouTube has to offer on a free and paid basis for getting their message out. Recently, we hosted a webcast to provide some tips to candidates running for office and advocacy groups campaigning for ballot issues on ways to present


  • A new sign-in page for orkut

    September 2, 2010

    We've all been having so much fun releasing exciting new ways to connect with your friends and share the things you're interested in, we've even made a new sign-in page to reflect all the wonderful newness of it all before you've even logged in:



    Besides being brighter and more welcoming, it will have links introducing the latest news, so it'll be easier than ever to keep up with everything that's new on orkut.

    We hope you enjoy it!

    Posted by Ariel, orkut operations team, and Virginia Roman, Google editorial team


  • Drupal 7 - faster than ever

    September 2, 2010

    This is a guest post by Owen Barton, partner and director of engineering at CivicActions. Owen has been working with Google's “Make the Web Faster” project team and the Drupal community to make improvements in Drupal 7 front-end performance. This is a condensed version of a more in-depth post over at the CivicActions blog.



    Drupal is a popular free and open source publishing platform, powering high profile sites such as The White House, The New York Observer and Amnesty International. The Drupal community has long understood


  • Content ID explained at TED

    September 2, 2010



    YouTube’s Margaret Gould Stewart recently gave a TED talk about how YouTube’s Content ID system cross-references over 20 hours of uploaded content a minute with our rights holder database to give copyright owners choices. In the video, she shows how the Content ID technology works and explains, “The scale and speed of the system is breathtaking… We’re talking about over a hundred of years of video a day. It would be like 36,000 people staring at 36,000 monitors each and everyday


  • Eclipse Day at the Googleplex 2010

    September 2, 2010

    Here at Google, we have engineers using Eclipse every day to build our external and internal products, as well as engineers building and releasing Eclipse tools. Earlier this year, we announced Eclipse Labs, which is “a single place where anyone can start and maintain their open source projects based on the Eclipse platform with just a few clicks.” Since we use Eclipse so much here at Google, hosting Eclipse Day at the Googleplex is one way of giving back to the community and providing an environment for Eclipse contributors and users


  • Google Developer Day 2010 Agenda: Android, Chrome & HTML5 and Cloud Platform

    September 2, 2010



    We are now ready to share the Google Developer Day agendas for Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Munich, Moscow and Prague. We have so much technical content to share but alas, Developer Day is a one-day event. There may still be changes to the agenda, but here is a sneak peek at where we are.

    Globally, we will feature three major tracks:
    • Android - With the continued momentum and growth of the platform, we would like to continue the conversation with you at Developer Day. We will feature sessions on Android performance, mobile user experience


  • SVG documents searchable on Google

    September 2, 2010

    Just a heads up that it should now be easier for users to find SVG files when searching on Google. That’s right, we’ve expanded our indexing capabilities to include SVG. Feel free to check out our Webmaster Help Center for the complete list of file types we support, and our Webmaster Blog for more information on our SVG announcement.


  • A Global Greeting

    September 2, 2010

    Members of the AdSense team from all over the world say hello from Mountain View, CA!




  • Drawing out ideas in documents

    September 2, 2010

    Have you recently toiled over instructions to assemble furniture? Now imagine the agony if you had no illustrations to fall back on. What’s the best way to teach kids about nutrition without a food pyramid?

    Sometimes when working with text you realize that words can only articulate so much. And that’s why we have drawings in Google documents. Drawings can be useful for things like diagramming processes in a flowchart or clearly articulating the relationship between a groups of ideas.


    To get started, select the Drawing option from


  • Back to the future: two years of Google Chrome

    September 2, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Chrome Blog)

    Watching the 1985 classic Back to the Future last night, I was struck by how much things can change with time. The main character Marty McFly travels 30 years back in time, only to find that his house hadn’t been built yet, skateboards hadn’t been invented and nobody had ever heard rock ‘n roll.

    Looking back today on Chrome’s second anniversary, it’s amazing to see how much has changed in just a short time. In August 2008, JavaScript was 10 times slower, HTML5 support wasn’t yet an essential

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