Friday, September 24, 2010

New About Google - 24 September 2010

  • GenMAPP’s Summer Harvest

    September 24, 2010

    The GenMAPP organization’s efforts focus on building software tools to analyze and visualize biological data. We joined forces with Cytoscape, WikiPathways, PathVisio and Reactome for this year's Google Summer of Code to offer students a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of biology and computing.

    This was our 4th year participating in the program and we reached some new milestones. We mentored 10 excellent students (more than any prior year) with a 100% success rate. We integrated and released more code from this


  • Discussing innovation and democracy in 2010

    September 24, 2010

    Over the past few U.S. election cycles, Google and YouTube have have become catalysts for a more engaging, meaningful dialogue between citizens and government leaders. From asking questions of candidates to finding your polling place, our tools are helping to make elections and politics more personal and more democratic, and have opened up Washington, D.C. in exciting new ways.

    With less than six weeks until the midterm elections, we wanted to hear from some of politics’ most creative minds about what innovation and democracy mean in 2010. So


  • Elmo answers your questions about housing prices on Sesame Street, Cookie’s veggie intake, and more

    September 23, 2010


    It’s
    not every day you get an all-access pass to one of the most famous
    neighborhoods in the world and one of it’s most celebrated residents,
    so when Elmo, Sesame Street’s lovable red monster, offered to answer
    questions from the YouTube community, you seized the opportunity.


    Thousands
    of you asked questions, ranging from “what would you do if you suddenly
    woke up and were purple?” to whether he would consider a tap dance
    routine with Ricky Gervais (who recently made a Sesame Street
    appearance). The result? A very entertaining


  • Tips for partners: Betty's recipe for metadata

    September 23, 2010

    Our partners teach us something new everyday, whether it’s about science, art or cooking. Sometimes they even teach our team YouTube optimization tips and how to better promote a channel. In a series of monthly videos, we’re asking partners to talk about their top optimization tips for channels and are kicking this off with Betty from bettyskitchen. Betty joined the partner program last year and makes cooking videos with simple recipes ranging from cheddar jack whipped potatoes to healthy and natural granola bars, which all have one thing


  • Import your files many different ways

    September 23, 2010

    A spreadsheet without data and numbers in it can get pretty lonely, which is why it’s important to be able to easily import files full of data. Today we’ve improved the import dialogue to give you a full range of options of where to put that data. You can get to the new Import dialog from the File menu.

    For example, when importing a .csv file, you can create a whole new spreadsheet, append to the current sheet, add a new sheet to your existing spreadsheet or even replace your entire spreadsheet with this new version.

    Now with the new custom


  • FCC vote on white spaces lays promising foundation for “Wi-Fi on steroids”

    September 23, 2010



    This morning the Federal Communications Commission adopted final technical rules related to white spaces – the empty airwaves between broadcast TV channels – that we believe will pave the way for “Wi-Fi on steroids.”

    For several years now, the tech industry, the public interest community, and entrepreneurs have been clamoring for the green light to begin innovating and building new products for these airwaves on an unlicensed basis. Today’s order finally sets the stage


  • New codes and content in the documentation

    September 23, 2010

    We’ve been hard at work updating the existing documentation and adding new resources. Here are some of the recent changes:


  • What’s different about the new Google Docs: Making collaboration fast

    September 23, 2010

    This is the final post in a three part series about the collaboration technology in Google Docs. On Tuesday, we explained some of the technical challenges behind real time collaboration. Yesterday, we showed how operational transformation can be used merge editors’ changes.

    Imagine that you’re doing a jigsaw puzzle with a bunch of friends and that everyone is working in the same corner of the puzzle. It’s possible to solve a puzzle like this, but it’s hard to keep out of each other’s way and to make sure that when multiple pieces are added


  • Insight into your earnings Part I: Explaining the ad auction

    September 23, 2010

    "Why do I earn more money from some ads and less from others? Why do my AdSense for content earnings vary from day to day, or week to week?"

    If you’ve asked yourself questions like these before, you’re not alone -- we often hear from publishers that they’re unsure of how earnings are calculated and why their earnings fluctuate. As part of our efforts to be more transparent with publishers, we’re kicking off a two-part series to help explain these topics. With the help of Hal Varian, the Chief Economist here at Google, we’ll show you how ads


  • Get ready to Rocksteady

    September 23, 2010

    Rocksteady is an effort to use Esper Complex Event Processing (CEP) to analyze user defined metrics. You can use it to parse your data and turn it into events that Esper CEP can query so that you can respond to events in real time.

    Too often, metrics and graphs are only useful as an aid in analyzing what happened after things have gone wrong. Staring at a dozen graphs on a TV wall isn't monitoring, it's a waste of time. The goal of Rocksteady is to determine the root cause of breakage based on metrics in real time. Metric analysis is only


  • Tune in to John Legend and The Roots, live from NYC

    September 23, 2010

    Tonight, John Legend and The Roots take the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City, in their first concert together since the release of their new album, Wake Up. The performance will be live streamed on YouTube at 9 p.m. (ET) at www.youtube.com/johnlegendvevo and directed by award-winning director Spike Lee.

    Here’s John and ?uestlove from The Roots to tell you what the night will bring...



    The evening will feature songs from the album – covers of ‘60s and ‘70s funk, soul and reggae-tinged hits with socially-conscious themes -–


  • Digital due process: the time is now

    September 23, 2010



    The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is the law that regulates how government agencies can access a user’s electronic data from an online service provider. Unfortunately, the law was written in 1986 and is woefully out of date for today’s technology -- the provisions of the law no longer match people’s reasonable privacy protections for their digital data.



    My colleague Richard Salgado should know. He’s a former Department of Justice lawyer and currently serves as Google’s

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