Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New About Google - 21 September 2010

  • Our Clinton Global Initiative commitment to Pakistan

    September 21, 2010

    At the opening ceremony of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this morning, President Clinton discussed the urgent need to help the people of Pakistan recover from widespread floods which have affected more people than the 2004 South Asia tsunami, the 2005 South Asia earthquake, and the Haiti earthquake combined. The floods have put one-fifth of the land underwater, impacting more than 20 million people, damaging or destroying 1.9 million homes, putting 3.5 million children at risk of waterborne diseases, and wiping out livestock and crops


  • Tools to visualize access to information

    September 21, 2010


    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

    When Google’s services are blocked or filtered, we can’t serve our users effectively. That’s why we act every day to maximize free expression and access to information. To promote transparency around this flow of information, we’ve built an interactive online Transparency Report with tools that allow people to see where governments are demanding that we remove content and where Google services are being blocked


  • What’s different about the new Google Docs: Working together, even apart

    September 21, 2010

    Editor’s Note: In May, we walked through some technical details about what’s different in the new Google Docs. Beginning today, we’ll dive into the collaboration technology behind Google Docs in three parts, starting with a look at the challenges encountered when building a collaborative application. Tomorrow’s post will describe how Google Docs uses an algorithm called operational transformation to merge edits in real time. Finally, on Thursday, we’ll dive into the collaboration protocol for sending changes between the editors.

    The way people


  • Your ideas on human rights and free expression on YouTube

    September 20, 2010

    About a month ago, as part of our series of blogs about human rights and video with WITNESS.org, we asked for your thoughts and ideas on some of the key topics on the future of video activism. Now we're responding to some of your top-voted questions and comments within the Moderator series we set up to facilitate the discussion. Click here to see our discussion on privacy, impact, and classification of human rights videos online.

    But the conversation only grows from here. This week, we've gathered with around 300 activists, nonprofits, and


  • Tools to visualize access to information

    September 20, 2010

    When Google’s services are blocked or filtered, we can’t serve our users effectively. That’s why we act every day to maximize free expression and access to information. To promote transparency around this flow of information, we’ve built an interactive online Transparency Report with tools that allow people to see where governments are demanding that we remove content and where Google services are being blocked. We believe that this kind of transparency can be a deterrent to censorship.

    Like all companies, Google’s services occasionally experience


  • Ohio Linux Fest Wrap-up

    September 20, 2010


    I just got back from Ohio Linux Fest, a three-day all-volunteer conference on free and open source software held in Columbus, Ohio. A wonderful group of about 800 people, some from the Midwest, some of whom were from other parts of the country, some of whom were experienced with open source software, and some of whom were new to it, attended. I enjoyed seeing the wide variety of talk topics - from starting your own business in open source to an entire workshop devoted to diversity in open source software development. Some of the topics


  • Behind the scenes of Weezer’s YouTube community invasion

    September 20, 2010

    Editor’s Note: Today’s guest blogger is Ben Patterson. Ben is the founder of DashGo, Inc., a digital marketing and distribution platform servicing music, video and podcast content. Clients include Weezer, This American Life and Delicious Vinyl. Last week Weezer launched its new album, Hurley, with the YouTube community.

    It all started at VidCon.

    VidCon is an event I attended this past July. My company, DashGo, markets, distributes and manages catalogs for indie labels and bands, and the vast majority of our content is audio


  • Show me the honey

    September 20, 2010

    Since we installed four beehives on campus this spring, the area around the hives has been, well, a hive of activity. Many Googlers took the beekeeping plunge, donning bee suits and diving into regular beekeeping activities such as regular checks for diseases and parasites. Today, we have more than 80 employees signed up to care for the bees. We’re happy to report that the bees have prospered at Google (must be all the free food) and the hives have grown from their original one-story “campus,” the Hiveplex, to five stories.

    Over the past


  • There's a world of posts out there!

    September 20, 2010

    Orkut is available in more than 40 languages and brings together people from everywhere in the world. If you make friends abroad, sometimes they may post updates or comments in a language you don't understand. If you've ever wanted to find out what they're saying and then jump into the conversation, you should check out a new Google Chrome Extension: Social Translate.




    The Social Translate extension detects the language of your friends' posts and then automatically translates it into a language of your choice. The extension


  • Introducing themed ads in Custom Search

    September 20, 2010

    Last year, we took a big step forward in improving customization of the look and feel of results by providing plug-n-play themes in the Custom Search Element. This enabled you to choose from among a palette of predefined styles. You can find a style that matches your website and start using search, or further customize the style if you like.

    We’re taking themes one step further. Each theme now has ads displayed with a look and feel that match the overall style used for the search results.

    The result is harmony between search results and


  • ThinkHoliday: Prepping for the 2010 Season

    September 20, 2010

    With the 2010 holiday season just ahead of us, we know many retailers and tech manufacturers are thinking holiday. Earlier this summer, Google hosted a summit called "Think Holiday: Prepping for the 2010 Season" to share new tactics and learnings; these were designed to help retailers prepare for this year's holiday shopping season.

    Some speakers at this event included Google's Mike Steib (Director of Emerging Platforms), Sameer Samat (Director of Product Management), Bruce Falck (Director, Google Display Network), and Sara Kleinberg (Group Product


  • Your Product Ideas in SketchUp 8

    September 20, 2010

    In October of last year, we opened a month-long series called “Product Ideas for Google SketchUp” in which we invited folks like you to post and vote for important features that you wanted us to tackle in the next version of SketchUp. In that series, 838 people cast 12,249 votes on 507 new ideas. I thought it might be worth looking back at the top vote-getters from that series to see how many we were able to build into SketchUp 8. By my count, we implemented about half of your top ten ideas:
    1. Make SketchUp perform faster using _______ (some

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