Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New About Google - 14 September 2010

  • DevFest Asia Pacific Tour -- Registrations Open!

    September 13, 2010

    We’re gearing up for the next round of Google DevFest events, and we’re excited to be back in Asia! Android, HTML5/Chrome, Social Web, and Geo are among the topics we’ll be covering. Our Developer Advocates, along with local speakers, will be on hand to give sessions, answer questions, and check out what each of you are building.

    Visit the DevFest site to see the full list of DevFest events.

    You can also follow us on Buzz and Twitter


  • Maximizing openness of broadband data

    September 13, 2010



    Earlier this year the FCC launched a wide-ranging Data Innovation Initiative to improve the ways it collects, analyzes, and disseminates information about the state of broadband in the United States. They’ve already made great strides, launching a Consumer Broadband Test and a Spectrum Dashboard.

    In comments filed today, we offered some ideas on how the FCC can take these efforts to the next level.

    Data innovation depends on open data. The more open and transparent the FCC makes


  • Enter the 3D Printed Lamp Design Challenge

    September 13, 2010

    A couple of us were chatting with our new Belgian friend Martijn Joris a couple of months ago; we were exploring ideas for a follow-up to the World of Houses Design Challenge from earlier this year. What kinds of things might get SketchUp modelers jazzed about the enormous potential of 3D printing? How about, rather than making a scale model of something, producing the thing itself? Architects rarely get to do that, but it’s something we all dream about. At least I know I do.

    In that vein, the folks at Materialise (where Martijn works) have


  • A welcome and a look back

    September 13, 2010

    The Reader team was saddened to hear that Bloglines will be shutting its doors on October 1. Bloglines was a pioneer in the feed reading space, and for Web 2.0 in general.

    We know that nothing will be quite like Bloglines in the hearts of its users, but if you're looking for another online feed reader, we encourage you to give Reader a shot. All you need is a Google account (you already have one if you use Gmail) -- and here's a video to help you get started. It's also very easy to bring your Bloglines subscriptions over, you just have


  • Join the conversation: Visit the AdSense forum

    September 13, 2010

    If you’ve ever had a question about your AdSense account, you’ve likely visited our Help forum, a virtual meeting place where a community of publishers, advertisers, AdSense experts, and Google employees convene to discuss all things AdSense.

    If you browse through the discussions, you’ll notice replies from Google employees and non-Google contributors who are passionate AdSense publishers and experts. We rely on all of you to keep the conversations lively, providing each other with information that ensures the forum is a fantastic place for


  • Hood to Coast 2010

    September 13, 2010

    At Google we like things fast and fun. That's why we launch enhancements to search like Google Instant and Caffeine, and why 11 speedy Googlers set out from the top of Mount Hood, 6,000 feet above sea level, to run Hood to Coast, nicknamed the "Mother of All Relays."

    As our first runner zipped down the mountain with the sun setting over the hills and our cheers spurring him on, it was hard to believe we had 197 miles to cover—not to mention dozens of pop tarts and energy drinks to consume—before reaching the sandy finish line the next


  • Customers Still Rely on Search

    September 13, 2010

    In our prior blog, we discussed "Why do Customers Friend Brands?" So what happens after customers friend your brand? As you may expect, they visit your site more.


















    Source: Google/Compete State of Shopping, May 2010.



    However, when it comes to researching new purchases, customers rely on familiar sources such as friends and family and search engines.





















    Source: PowerReviews and the e-tailing group, “2010 Social Shopping Study,” provided to eMarketer, May 3, 2010.

    Consumers rely on search


  • Get your HTML5 game on

    September 13, 2010

    This has been an exciting year for web developers, with all the new features being made possible by HTML5 and browsers getting faster by the day. One of the big surprises has been the rise of HTML5 gaming, with the open technology stack of HTML, CSS, and Javascript becoming a viable platform for games on the web. That’s why, next month, SPIL Games and Google will be running an HTML5 Game Jam event on both sides of the Atlantic, and you’re invited!

    In the Netherlands, we’ll be hosting a sleepover event at the Hilversum headquarters of SPIL


  • Screen Geometry Fun

    September 13, 2010

    The recent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab should be a wake-up call for Android developers. What’s scary is that we’ve never seen a screen like this on an Android device before. What’s reassuring is that most apps Just Work (in fact, a lot of the ones I’ve tried so far have looked terrific) and the potential problems are easy to avoid. Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of not just the Tab, but all the new form factors that are coming down the pipe.

    Let’s consider the Tab as a “teachable moment”:

    • Its screen is 1024x600;

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