Thursday, September 23, 2010

New About Google - 23 September 2010

  • Our first ever Google Days in Egypt and Jordan

    September 22, 2010

    Google is dedicated to making the Internet relevant and useful to Arabic speakers, and to developing meaningful and local products for the Middle East. We fully realise that we cannot foster this growing Internet ecosystem alone, and we therefore believe that tech entrepreneurs and developers have the opportunity to transform the Web for the world and for the Middle East.

    So for the first time ever in Egypt and Jordan, Google is very excited to host its Google Days, in Cairo between December 8th and 10th for G-Egypt, and Amman between December

  • Conrad Ventur refracts YouTube videos at MoMA

    September 22, 2010

    Brooklyn-based Conrad Ventur makes installations from YouTube videos and currently has a show at MoMA PS1, running through October 18, 2010. Learn more about this video artiste...

    1) How do you use video in your art?
    I use video in my art in two different ways. First, I find older recordings that I incorporate into installation. I really love archive performances by singers and work with these as material in my art. Secondly, I also direct and shoot videos myself. In these works, I'm essentially re-filming or re-staging underground

  • Turning off the track changes feature

    September 22, 2010

    As of September 30th, we’ll be turning off track changes in Reader. While this isn’t a widely used feature, we wanted to let you know in advance so you can set up a suitable alternative (such as Your previous updates will not go away, but you will stop receiving new updates from any custom feeds you have set up.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this causes -- and as always, please feel free to visit our help forum if you have any questions.

  • Fantastic Fest curates the YouTube homepage

    September 22, 2010

    If you've ever been to the Alamo Drafthouse theaters in Texas (where you can order fried pickles and other delicacies directly to your seat!), you know the Alamo team has a unique knack for programming. In addition to bringing Texans major motion pictures, Alamo theaters play Mad Men on Sundays, host Glee sing-a-longs and coordinate other quirky community events (isn't it time someone brings the Alamo to San Francisco...hint, hint?). The Alamo team is also behind Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., which kicks off in

  • One place to find everything new from Google

    September 22, 2010

    If it seems to you like every day Google releases a new product or feature, well, it seems like that to us too. The central place we tell you about most of these is through the official Google Blog Network, where you’ll find more than 100 blogs covering all kinds of products, policy issues, technical projects and much more.

    But if you want to keep up just with what’s new (or even just what Google does besides search), you’ll want to know about Google New. A few of us had a 20 percent project idea: create a single destination called Google

  • Finding Places on the Web: Rich Snippets for Local Search

    September 22, 2010

    Webmaster Level: All
    Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog.

    We’re sharing some news today that we hope webmasters will find exciting. As you know, we’re constantly working to organize the world’s information - be it textual, visual, geographic or any other type of useful data. From a local search perspective, part of this effort means looking for all the great web pages that reference a particular place. The Internet is teeming with useful information about local places and points of interest, and we do our best to deliver relevant search results

  • Mobile Phones are New "Personal" Shopper

    September 22, 2010

    Smartphones have become the new "personal shoppers", giving consumers information at their fingertips. But according to a survey done by Multichannel Merchant in March 2010, four of five multichannel retailers have no mobile presence.

    According to our latest research, consumers are using their smartphones to compare prices, look up product information and 'window shop'. 13% of smartphone owners have used their phones to make a purchase. However, m-Commerce is growing extremely rapidly -- according to Internet Retailer sales will reach $14B

  • SketchUp-to-Maxwell rendering tutorials

    September 22, 2010

    I have a serious love/hate relationship with photo-realistic rendering. I'm completely intrigued by the drop-dead gorgeous images I come across every day, but I'm terrified by the prospect of ever having to produce any myself. Simply put, rendering seems hard – so hard that I don't even know where I'd begin. There are so many options...

    "A mobile beachfront resort concept."
    I found this SketchUp/Maxwell rendering on
    Ronen Bekerman's Flickr photostream.

    I've heard lots of good things about Maxwell Render. When they

  • Google News turns eight

    September 22, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google News blog)

    Today we celebrate the eighth birthday of Google News. Not long after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we started building and testing Google News with the aim of helping you find current events from a wide variety of global and political perspectives. On September 22, 2002, Google News rolled out to all English-language readers, with a dedicated News tab on

    Over the years we’ve made thousands of changes to deliver more news to more users—faster, and with enhanced customization

  • What’s different about the new Google Docs: Conflict resolution

    September 22, 2010

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three posts about the collaboration technology in Google Docs. Yesterday, we explained some of the technical challenges behind real time collaboration.

    Think of the history of a document as a series of changes. In Google documents, all edits boil down to three basic types of changes: inserting text, deleting text, and applying styles to a range of text. We save your document as a revision log consisting of a list of these changes. When someone edits a document, they’re not modifying the underlying

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