Saturday, October 23, 2010

New About Google - 23 October 2010

  • This week in search 10/22/10

    October 22, 2010

    This is one of a regular series of posts on search experience updates. Look for the label This week in search and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    One of our core philosophies has always been launch and iterate. We’ll bring you a useful new feature or product, and then use both data and your feedback to continuously make it better. This week, we’re excited to announce three enhancements to some of the Google tools that have been around a while. So the next time you’re searching for the latest news, traveling abroad or looking for daily updates


  • SketchUp to 3ds Max, anyone?

    October 22, 2010

    Those of you who use SketchUp with 3ds Max 2010 are in luck; the folks over at Autodesk have created a nice importer that should make your life just a little bit easier. They've even made a lovely video to show it off:



    The new SketchUp import capabilities are part of the Connection Extension available to 3ds Max 2010 and 3ds Max Design 2010 Subscription members.

    Tip: Just in case the new importer only works with SketchUp 6 and 7 files, remember that you can always "downsave" to an earlier version from SketchUp 8 (and SketchUp


  • Research Project: AppScale at University of California, Santa Barbara

    October 22, 2010

    The following post is a guest post by Chris Bunch, a Computer Science Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is one of the student leads on the AppScale project, an open source Google App Engine compatible hosting solution led by Professor Chandra Krintz. Chris has developed and maintained AppScale as a research project over the last two years with fellow student lead Navraj Chohan and others. ---------

    Over here at the UCSB Racelab, we've complained endlessly about finding a web framework we actually


  • Creating stronger privacy controls inside Google

    October 22, 2010


    (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)

    In May we announced that we had mistakenly collected unencrypted WiFi payload data (information sent over networks) using our Street View cars. We work hard at Google to earn your trust, and we’re acutely aware that we failed badly here. So we’ve spent the past several months looking at how to strengthen our internal privacy and security practices, as well as talking to external regulators globally about possible improvements


  • Creating stronger privacy controls inside Google

    October 22, 2010

    (Cross-posted on the Public Policy and European Public Policy Blogs)

    In May we announced that we had mistakenly collected unencrypted WiFi payload data (information sent over networks) using our Street View cars. We work hard at Google to earn your trust, and we’re acutely aware that we failed badly here. So we’ve spent the past several months looking at how to strengthen our internal privacy and security practices, as well as talking to external regulators globally about possible improvements to our policies. Here’s a summary of


  • Individual Video Program, one year later..

    October 22, 2010

    What if Michaelangelo had sculpted the David, and that was his one and only masterpiece? What if Francis Ford Coppola had shot one scene of “The Godfather”’, then called it quits on a film career? What if Jim Henson had only given the world Kermit the Frog, and then decided to become a plumber? Would you still want to see these hallmarks of creativity? Chances are, you would.

    It’s been well over a year now since the launch of the Individual Video Program (IVP), which celebrates the very nature of rewarding the one-hit creative spark or remarkable


  • Working to stop bullying, National Ally Week and navigating online LGBTQ resources

    October 22, 2010

    We’ve all been saddened by the recent suicides of gay youth, especially as tragedy has piled atop tragedy. Each of them is a signal that we need to do more to put an end to these incidents that destroy the lives of both the children being bullied and children who bully.

    We believe the Internet can provide a safe space and resources for youth who are struggling with their identity and looking for help. And we’ve been happy to see products like YouTube being used to deliver messages of hope. There are many organizations out there doing an extraordinary


  • Digital bootcamp with Ingrid Kopp

    October 22, 2010

    Heather Menicucci, Director, Howcast Filmmakers Program, is writing weekly guest posts for the YouTube blog on filmmaking in the digital age. You can catch up on previous posts here.
    Today being a filmmaker is more and more about using tools other than cameras and editing software – social media, mobile platforms, websites, and even augmented reality technology – to bolster the work, attract and engage audiences, and make money. Many filmmakers are being dragged into this new world kicking and screaming or simply overwhelmed by the options

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