Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New About Google - 14 September 2010

  • A Google Health update

    September 14, 2010

    Google Health launched a bit over two years ago, and since then we’ve been listening to our users, analyzing feedback and conducting research. We’ve learned a lot from you! You’ve confirmed that having a central place online to store and share medical data with whomever you want is important and a step in the right direction. And we’ve added a number of features based on what you’ve asked for so far. But you’ve also told us that it’s not enough; that you’re also looking for tools that will help you act on all your health and wellness concerns


  • Case Study: Popular Woodworking Magazine

    September 14, 2010

    Take your time reading this piece from Robert W. Lang. He's not only the executive editor at Popular Woodworking Magazine – he's also an accomplished SketchUp modeler who's just released an e-book on DVD. His Woodworker's Guide to Google SketchUp includes no fewer than 49 videos in-line with the text; that's hands-down the best way to learn, in my opinion.


    Popular Woodworking Magazine was previously featured in this blog for our 3D Warehouse collection of woodworking models. The collection is closing in on 200 models of projects


  • Introducing the Mobile Bookmark Bubble

    September 14, 2010

    Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’re open-sourcing the Mobile Bookmark Bubble, a JavaScript library that helps users of your web application bookmark the app to their home screen, just like a native app. We’ve been using this library in several of our own web apps, and hope you’ll find it useful for your users, too.

    The bubble, which currently supports iPhone, iPod and iPad devices running iPhone OS 3 and above, slides in at the bottom of the application with instructions for creating the bookmark. The bubble automatically slides back


  • Behind the Video: Chris Anderson’s “Meet the Flood Victims of Pakistan”

    September 14, 2010

    In this new series, YouTube users take you behind the scenes of a video they’ve made and explain, in their own words, how the video came to be and what they hope it achieves. First up, TED Curator Chris Anderson captures the stark faces he encountered on a recent trip to a ravaged area of Pakistan.

    When Jacqueline Novogratz and I returned last week from a visit to Pakistan's flood-hit areas, we couldn't get out of our heads the faces of the people we'd seen -- in equal measures beautiful... haunting... hopeless... hopeful... These


  • Supporting the new music Voice Action

    September 14, 2010

    [This post is by Mike LeBeau, the Tech Lead and architect behind Voice Actions. — Tim Bray]

    We recently launched Voice Actions in the new Google Voice Search for Android — an awesome new way to search, control, and communicate on your phone faster than ever before, by using your voice.

    One of these new Voice Actions lets users find and automatically play music. By speaking something like “listen to They Might Be Giants” into the new Voice Search, users can quickly find the music they want online and play it, using any


  • Increase your productivity with the Google Analytics API

    September 14, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Analytics Blog)

    Back in Episode 10 of Web Analytics TV, (32:00), Lisa C from Melbourne asked how to pull a trending report from Google Analytics for the top organic search landing pages. This was such a great question, that we wrote 2 articles and released sample code describing how you can automate retrieving this data from Google Analytics Data Export API. But first let’s look at the results.

    Here is a graph plotting traffic to the top 100 landing pages for organic search for all of June for www.googlestore


  • Revisiting Domestic Trends

    September 14, 2010


  • Announcing a new white spaces trial in Logan, Ohio

    September 14, 2010



    I’m in Logan, Ohio, today to announce that Spectrum Bridge, the Hocking Valley Community Hospital, and Google have teamed up to deploy a broadband network using the TV white spaces.

    This is an exciting new deployment – the first of its kind for a hospital – demonstrating the potential of the TV white spaces to improve broadband and spark new applications in healthcare. First responder vehicles, hospital grounds as well as the health department are being equipped with high-


  • How-to videos put more sexy golf carts on the road

    September 14, 2010

    This post is part of the “BizBlog Series". Check back each week to see articles about partners and advertisers on YouTube, or search under the label "BizBlog".

    We all have a dream. America’s 25 million small business owners are making their dreams happen. But it’s never easy.

    For E.C. Hundley, his dream had four wheels, an engine, and a smooth ride. As the proprietor of Everything Carts in Martinsville, Va., E.C. built a business that custom assembles souped-up, street-legal golf carts. He also sells cart accessories online, and his


  • App Tuesday: Happy half-birthday Google Apps Marketplace & 12 new apps

    September 14, 2010

    Over the last six months, the Google Apps Marketplace has offered a variety of third party applications to extend Google Apps functionality and make businesses more efficient. Now, more than 4 million Google Apps users have installed applications from our storefront, which is packed with a quickly-growing set of more than 200 apps, including the 12 new apps we’re introducing today.

    As the Marketplace grows, Google Apps users can access integrated apps that address more and more new areas, like marketing, accounting and project management.


  • Google D.C. Talks: 10 Things You Don't Know About Online Advertising

    September 14, 2010



    Let's say you go to a documentary screening at the National Archives. After the screening your friend really wants gelato. You search for a place nearby on your phone. Along with your search results you see an ad for a gelato bar that, turns out, is only a block away. Your friend gets bourbon vanilla and you get pistachio. Everyone is happy. How did your phone know to serve you a gelato ad for a place around the corner instead of Georgetown? It's called geo-location advertising, and


  • A new page for your promotions

    September 14, 2010

    One year after launching orkut promote, we're happy to bring you a new page for your promotions. Now it's easier to create and to review all your promotions, ‘coz they're all in a single page. Check how many people re-promoted them, how many clicks, views and trashes each of them received, and also preview your promotions on the fly:




    Creating a new promotion is very easy. On your orkut homepage, click the "applications" drop-down menu, at the top of the page, and select "promote". Then just choose the kind of promotion


  • 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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