Thursday, September 16, 2010

New About Google - 16 September 2010

  • SketchUp + Piranesi = delicious renderings

    September 15, 2010

    Some of you might recall the SketchUp-to-Piranesi Rendering Competition hosted by our friends over at SketchUcation a few months ago. The results are in, and they’re beautiful:

    Winner, Exterior Category
    Geshu Liu

    Runner-Up, Exterior Category

    Winner, Interior Category
    Roly Wood

    Runner-up # 1, Interior Category
    Julie Couch

    Runner-up # 2, Interior Category
    Geshu Liu

    Take a look at this web album to see all of the entries. Congrats to everyone who entered!

    Posted by Aidan Chopra, SketchUp

  • Discover v201008: TrafficEstimatorService upgrade

    September 15, 2010

    The TargetingIdeaService is a powerful tool for generating new keyword ideas and getting statistics about how those keywords perform globally. However, for more personalized estimates of how a keyword may perform in your account, the TrafficEstimatorService can be used. While this service was previously only available in the legacy v13 version of the AdWords API, it’s now available in v201008 with some slight changes.

    Estimate Requests

    While the v13 service provided separate methods for getting keywords estimates with and without an

  • Google Developer Day Registration Now Open for Brazil

    September 15, 2010

    As promised, registration for our Sao Paulo Google Developer Day is now open. Developer Day in Brazil takes place on October 29, 2010. More details on sessions and speaker bios are now available on the site.

    Follow @googledevbr (hashtag: #gddbr) to stay updated on developer news in Brazil.

  • Tips for getting help with your site

    September 15, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All

    As a search company, we at Google try to develop scalable solutions to problems. In fact, Webmaster Tools was born out of this instinct: rather than fighting the losing battle of trying to respond to questions via email (and in multiple languages!), we developed an automated, scalable product that gives webmasters like you information about your sites and lets you handle many requests yourself. Now you can streamline the crawling of your site, improve your sitelinks, or clean up after a malware attack all on your own

  • FreeBSD’s Summer Highlights

    September 15, 2010

    FreeBSD is a modern open source operating system for servers, desktops, and embedded systems, based on over 30 years of continuous development. The FreeBSD Project has participated as a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code each year since the program’s inception in 2005. This year, FreeBSD mentored 18 students with a final success rate of 89%. The cumulative total over 6 years has been 117 students improving FreeBSD. This participation in the program has brought many new features into FreeBSD, several new long-term committers

  • Prediction API: Make smart apps even smarter

    September 15, 2010

    Since its announcement at Google I/O, the Google Prediction API has seen an outstanding response from the developer community. Developers participating in the Prediction API preview are already using it to identify spam, categorize news, and more.

    Today we’re adding new features to the Prediction API to make your apps even smarter:

    Multi-category prediction: Imagine you’re writing a news aggregator that suggests articles based on the kinds of stories the user has read before. Previously, using the Prediction API, each article could

  • Rise of Group Buying Sites

    September 15, 2010

    Have you bought off a group buying site, such as Gilt Groupe or Groupon? These sites are growing extremely quickly. Sales from private sales sites will almost top $1B in 2010 and sales from group buying sites will reach over $350M. Site visits to group buying sites are up 72x over last year. Although these sites started with high-end products, they have gone mainstream. Groupon and Woot sell many other product categories including consumer electronics and sporting gear, at more affordable prices.

    Source: Assorted company press releases,

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