Friday, October 8, 2010

New About Google - 08 october 2010

  • Simply Lennon

    October 8, 2010

    There’s a lot that can be said about John Lennon, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Even more can be said about the individual experiences people have had growing up with his music. It seems like everyone has a Lennon story. The earliest memory I have of him is listening to his songs in the backseat of our old station wagon with my brothers, watching my mom and dad sing along on the cassette player. It’s a very simple memory, but rich with subtlety—the sunlight through the windshield, my mom’s smile—and so it’s stuck with


  • Western Union now launched in four African countries

    October 8, 2010

    We're excited to announce the launch of Western Union Quick Cash® payments in four countries in Africa! You can now select Western Union Quick Cash payments in:
    • Algeria
    • Ghana
    • Kenya
    • Uganda
    Western Union Quick Cash payments will reach you faster than checks, and they're free of charge. Payments will continue to follow our normal payment schedule and will be available for pickup in your local currency at your local Western Union agent the day after they're issued.

    A couple of things to note: We can send Western Union payments only to publishers


  • “Fred: The Movie” comes to YouTube

    October 8, 2010


    You may have heard of a lil’ someone called Fred, the squealing, hyperactive force behind the first YouTube channel to hit 1 million subscribers. Since he hit that milestone in April 2009, he’s amassed more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube and his videos have been viewed more than 616 million (!) times. Oh yeah -- he made a movie, too.

    In honor of “Fred: The Movie” joining the YouTube corpus for rent, we asked the Nebraskan teenager who plays Fred, Lucas Cruikshank, to take us behind the scenes of his movie, tell us what was in his


  • Fill bowl with cereal, add milk, turn on camera

    October 7, 2010

    Heather Menicucci, Director, Howcast Filmmakers Program, is writing weekly guest posts for the YouTube blog on filmmaking in the digital age. This is her second post. Her first was “Embracing exploration: being a filmmaker today.”

    Partly motivated by wanting to hear why our filmmakers produce Howcast spots or upload to YouTube, and partly curious about what they eat for breakfast, we decided to interview them about web video last Friday morning. Since our filmmakers are all over the world, we had to conduct the interviews remotely and


  • Android Market New Country Roll-out Details

    October 7, 2010

    [This post is by the Android Market team. — Tim Bray]

    Last week, we announced that over the next two weeks, users in 18 additional countries would gain the ability to purchase paid apps from Android Market. Effective today, users can now see paid apps in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

    For users to make a purchase of paid apps in these countries, they must have the latest Android Market client, which we


  • YouTube highlights – 10/7/2010

    October 7, 2010

    Welcome to the first in a regular series of YouTube updates. We’ll keep you informed every couple of weeks about new product features, interesting programs to watch, and tips anyone can use to grow your audience on YouTube. Just look for the label “YouTube Highlights” and subscribe to the series. – Ed.

    YouTube is where the world comes together to share stories—people around the world upload 24 hours of video every minute and watch more than 2 billion videos every day. We’ve been busy keeping up and adding new features and the last two weeks


  • Google Code-in: School’s Out, Code’s In!

    October 7, 2010


    We are very pleased to announce Google Code-in, an open source development and outreach contest targeted at 13-18 year old students around the world.

    Some of you may remember the pilot program from 2007-2008 we ran called the Google Highly Open Participation Contest. This contest gave 400 students around the world an opportunity to help out open source projects on the following kinds of tasks:

    1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
    2. Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
    3. Outreach: Tasks related


  • Control over your Autocompletions

    October 7, 2010

    Query autocompletion has been the most popular feature in the history of Custom Search. Users love it, and websites use it to help people find alternate queries that get them to the right information faster.

    Since launch, one of the most commonly requested features has been administrative control over the autocompletions that surface when people start typing their queries. We’re happy to announce that you can now control inclusions and exclusions to autocompletions.

    For example, on our sample restaurant review search engine, typing “che


  • Tips for partners: ZackScott tells it like it is

    October 7, 2010

    YouTube loves random weirdness, comedy bits, and cute pets. We also love when our partners make it really easy for us to watch one video after another through playlists, and when they catch our attention with witty annotations. In our series of partner optimization tips, we covered metadata with Betty from BettysKitchen and then we covered how to use playlists and annotations to easily direct viewers to your other videos.

    Zack from ZackScott, does a great job creating playlists and also using annotations to call out interesting

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