Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New About Google - 22 September 2010

  • Google Developer Day registration open for Munich, Moscow and Prague

    September 21, 2010

    Registration opens today for Google Developer Day in Europe and Russia! As you saw from our agenda announcement, they promise to be jam-packed with great speakers and fantastic content.

    Register to attend on the following dates, in the following places:

    Stay updated on Developer Day news by following us at:


  • Proguard, Android, and the Licensing Server

    September 21, 2010

    [This post is by Dan Galpin, an Android Developer Advocate specializing in games and comics. — Tim Bray]

    The Securing Android LVL Applications blog post makes it clear that an Android developer should use an obfuscation tool such as Proguard in order to help safeguard their applications when using License Server. Of course, this does present another question. How should one integrate such a tool with the Android build process? We’re specifically going to detail integrating Proguard in this post.

    Before you Begin

    You must be running the


  • Taking rogue pharmacies to court

    September 21, 2010

    We work very hard to make sure that ads shown on Google provide useful information for our users. But sometimes we need to take action against ads that violate our policies, as when we block malware ads, or when we filed suit last year against “Google Money” scammers. This is especially true when it comes to advertising for products such as pharmaceuticals, which can be dangerous without the right prescription.

    Like many online services, we have struggled with this problem for years. It’s been an ongoing, escalating cat-and-mouse game—as we


  • A recap of 3D Basecamp 2010

    September 21, 2010

    3D Basecamp 2010, which took place September 1st to the 3rd, was a truly unforgettable event. A total of about 250 of the world’s most skilled and die-hard SketchUp modelers descended on Boulder, Colorado for three days of learning, sharing and fun. Tyson cut together a short video that should give you an idea of what it was like:


    Here’s a play-by-play of what happened at Basecamp:

    DAY 1

    What's an event with a great, big sign?

    Between 10 am and 1, attendees checked in, loitered around and ate a big brunch in the lobby


  • Join the conversation: Getting to know our Top Contributors

    September 21, 2010

    As we mentioned in our post last week, we’re working on ways to introduce you to our Top Contributors to the help forum. A Top Contributor (TC) for over a year, Gracey tells us about why she became a TC, shares some of her experiences as an AdSense publisher, and provides some tips for all of you. We hope you enjoy getting to know her, and continue to visit the help forum with any questions you may have!

    What does it mean to be a Top Contributor (TC), and what do you like about it?
    Being a TC gives me the ability to call on an AdSense


  • Your questions on the future of Iraq

    September 21, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the YouTube Blog)

    There is perhaps no other country in the world that has undergone more change or been under more scrutiny in the past decade than Iraq. The draw-down of U.S. troops and a recent election that has yet to produce a formal government have left Iraq in a state of flux. The country’s destiny has implications not just for the Arab world, but for the world at large.

    That’s why, in partnership with the Arabic-language television network, Al Arabiya, we’re launching “Iraq Looks Forward,” a series of interviews


  • Top tips for partners: Words, Words, Words!!

    September 21, 2010

    As a partner, you have probably asked yourself, “How can I make my videos more discoverable?” “Is it kosher to ask for subscribers?” and “What’s the most effective way to use annotations?” Well, after almost three years since the Partner Program launched, we want to answer some of your questions and offer tips on how you can use YouTube’s arsenal of tools to become a truly great partner.

    Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature a series of blog posts with advice and actionable suggestions regarding what has helped partners be successful on YouTube


  • Updated Gmail app in Android Market

    September 21, 2010



    (Cross-posted from the Mobile Blog)

    We just released a new version of the Gmail app in Android Market, so Gmail updates aren’t tied to Android version releases anymore. Now you can get new Gmail stuff faster without having to wait for system updates. To start you off, we’ve improved message replies, access to quoted text, and more.

    As you scroll through a conversation, your most important message actions will now stick to the top of the screen, one click away, no matter


  • Your questions on the future of Iraq

    September 21, 2010

    There is perhaps no other country in the world that has undergone more change or been under more scrutiny in the past decade than Iraq. The draw-down of U.S. troops and a recent election that has yet to produce a formal government have left Iraq in a state of flux. The country’s destiny has implications not just for the Arab world, but for the world at large.

    That’s why, in partnership with the Arabic-language television network, Al Arabiya, we’re launching “Iraq Looks Forward,” a series of interviews on YouTube in which Iraqi leaders answer


  • Changing the Look of the Web with Stylebot

    September 21, 2010

    Stylebot editing the Open Source Blog in advanced mode
    Stylebot editing the Open Source Blog in basic mode

    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are a part of every web designer’s vocabulary when styling websites, and since its inception, the C (Cascading) in CSS was intended as a way to empower users to have the final say over how they perceive content on the web. But because creating user stylesheets generally requires programming, end users have not always been able to easily leverage this functionality. Stylebot, a new Google


  • Shades of red, shades of blue: mapping midterm election ratings

    September 21, 2010


    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

    With the midterm elections in the U.S. just six weeks away, everyone is wondering how the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats will shake out after November 2. Although more than 500 seats will be decided in House, Senate, and Governor races, the current tallies are so close that individual races are receiving great scrutiny: you’ll find several sources providing estimations for how each race is leaning.


  • Shades of red, shades of blue: mapping midterm election ratings

    September 21, 2010

    With the midterm elections in the U.S. just six weeks away, everyone is wondering how the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats will shake out after November 2. Although more than 500 seats will be decided in House, Senate, and Governor races, the current tallies are so close that individual races are receiving great scrutiny: you’ll find several sources providing estimations for how each race is leaning.

    To make tracking the blues and reds a little easier for armchair pundits, we’ve partnered with some of the most respected names


  • A more fontastic Google Docs

    September 21, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Docs Blog)

    Documents without font choices are like photographs without colors. Just as shades of color can add depth to a picture, smart font choices give your text another dimension.

    For a long time, the set of fonts that you’ve seen when you browsed the web has been quite limited. That’s because you could only use a font that’s already been installed on your computer. So if a website designer wanted all her visitors to see the same thing, she could only use fonts that are so ubiquitous that the chances are


  • A more fontastic Google Docs

    September 21, 2010

    Cross posted on the Official Google Blog

    Documents without font choices are like photographs without colors. Just as shades of color can add depth to a picture, smart font choices give your text another dimension.

    For a long time, the set of fonts that you’ve seen when you browsed the web has been quite limited. That’s because you could only use a font that’s already been installed on your computer. So if a website designer wanted all her visitors to see the same thing, she could only use fonts that are so ubiquitous that the chances are


  • Internet at Liberty 2010 live stream

    September 21, 2010



    The development of the Internet as a global, free and open resource is a constant challenge. The dynamic and decentralized nature of the Internet offers new opportunities for communication and free expression as well as new threats. Today we have reached a critical moment in time when governments that wish to control the spread of information and individuals using digital technologies to promote change are becoming increasingly sophisticated and strategic as they confront each other around


  • 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

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