Friday, October 15, 2010

New About Google - 15 October 2010

  • The nerdiest sofa shopping tool ever

    October 14, 2010

    Leave it to me to over-complicate things.

    Last week, I was shopping for a new sofa online. I found a few that look promising, but I wanted to know how each would fit in my living room. I've already modeled my whole house, so all I needed was a model of each sofa – simple, right?

    Not finding what I needed on the 3D Warehouse, I whipped up a simple, generic model. Figuring that I'd need to re-configure it for several different sofas, I turned it into a Dynamic Component. Now adjusting it is just a matter of typing a few dimensions into the Component


  • Phishing URLs and XML Notifications

    October 14, 2010



    Recently, we announced Safe Browsing Alerts for Network Administrators. Today we’re adding phishing URLs to the notification messages. This means that in addition to being alerted to compromised URLs found on networks, you’ll be alerted to phishing URLs as well.

    We’d also like to point out the XML notification feature. By default, we send notification messages in a simple email message. However, we realize that some of you may want to process these notifications by a script, so we’ve added the ability


  • Traceview War Story

    October 14, 2010

    I recently took my first serious look at Traceview, and it occurred to me, first, that there are probably a few other Android developers who haven’t used it and, second, that this is an opportunity to lecture sternly on one of my favorite subjects: performance improvement and profiling. This is perhaps a little bit Android-101; If you already know all about Traceview, you can stop here and go back to coding.

    Making Apps Fast

    Here’s a belief that I think I share with most experienced developers: For any app that is even moderately


  • Tips & Tricks: Sharing Google Docs Like a Pro

    October 14, 2010

    Google Docs enables you to collaborate on your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings with as many, or as few, people as you’d like. We’ve explained our new sharing model before, but, in recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness month, we want to make sure you’re aware of your options for sharing your documents.

    Google Docs Sharing Icons 101

    In your document list, you’ll notice various icons and descriptions listed next to the title of each doc. Here’s a general overview:
    • A lock icon means “Private”
    • A lock icon


  • New App Engine SDK 1.3.8 includes New Admin Tools and Performance Improvements

    October 14, 2010

    Today, we’re releasing version 1.3.8 of the App Engine SDK. Whether you’re a Java or a Python developer, this release includes several exciting new features for improving monitoring, performance, and maintenance tasks.

    Instances Console

    This release includes a new page in the Admin Console, called the Instances page. This page allows you to view information about all server instances currently in use by your application. This information can be useful in debugging your application and also understanding its performance characteristics. There


  • Strike up the band: over 10 million have gone Google with Apps for Education

    October 14, 2010

    (Cross-posted on the Google Enterprise Blog)

    It was four years ago this month that Google Apps for Education first touched down, right before a pivotal football game between ASU and USC—fatefully enough, two schools that were among the first to move to Google Apps and pave the way for other schools to adopt this “alien technology.”

    This week at EDUCAUSE we’re celebrating with these schools and the thousands of others that make up more than 10 million students, staff, faculty and alumni that are actively using Apps for Education


  • Tips for partners: LinusTechTips shares how he found his niche

    October 14, 2010

    In our series of partner optimization tips, we covered metadata with Betty from BettysKitchen, how to use playlists and annotations with Zack from ZackScott, and how to find your niche and analyze the performance of your videos. Now, we’re excited to have Linus from LinusTechTips show us how he found his niche with videos on unboxing tech products and how he uses YouTube Insight to track the performance of his videos.

    It took Linus some time and multiple attempts before he found his niche as a “Professional Unboxer.” When Linus


  • Avoiding accidental clicks Pt. 1: Keeping the right distance

    October 14, 2010

    In the past, we've talked about ad placements that are prone to generate invalid clicks. In a past post, for example, Mike noted that publishers should be careful about placing ads too close to navigational controls or other clickable page elements.

    It's in the best interest of the user, advertiser, and publisher to avoid implementations that lead to invalid click activity. As you can imagine, users aren't very happy if they accidentally click an ad instead of a link on your page and are directed away from your site. Advertisers also don’t

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