Thursday, November 11, 2010

New About Google -10 November 2010

  • Give YouTube Topics on Search a whirl

    November 10, 2010

    We know that sometimes people come to YouTube looking for a specific video, but at other times, they have only a rough idea of the kind of videos they want. We’ve been there too, and have been thinking for a while about this challenge of searching when you don’t yet know exactly what you’re looking for.

    Here’s a glimpse inside how we are approaching this challenge:

    In coming up with a solution, we wanted to help you specify your search even if you started with something as vague as “funny”. We also wanted to surface varied sets of videos

  • Great Scott! Over 35 Hours of Video Uploaded Every Minute to YouTube

    November 10, 2010

    Remember in March when we shared with you that more than 24 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute? Well, you continue to amaze us: you’ve increased the amount of video uploaded to YouTube to 35 hours per minute. That breaks out to 2,100 hours uploaded every 60 minutes, or 50,400 hours uploaded to YouTube every day. If we were to measure that in movie terms (assuming the average Hollywood film is around 120 minutes long), 35 hours a minute is the equivalent of over 176,000 full-length Hollywood releases every week. Another way

  • Android Market Action

    November 10, 2010

    Almost instantly after I joined Google, it became obvious to me that the number-one area where Android developers wanted to see action and progress was in Android Market; your concerns in this area vastly outweighed whatever issues might be bothering you about the handsets and the framework and the programming tools. In recent months there has been a steady, quiet, incremental flow of improvements and upgrades. They add up. This is by way of a glance back at developments since the arrival of Froyo last summer.

    First, we introduced error reporting

  • Announcing Google Refine 2.0, a power tool for data wranglers

    November 10, 2010

    Our acquisition of Metaweb
    back in July also brought along Freebase Gridworks, an open source
    software project for cleaning and enhancing entire data sets. Today
    we’re announcing that the project has been renamed to Google Refine and version 2.0 is now available.

    Google Refine
    is a power tool for working with messy data sets, including cleaning up
    inconsistencies, transforming them from one format into another, and
    extending them with new data from external web services or other
    databases. Version 2.0 introduces a new extensions

  • Adding Robots to Wave in a Box

    November 10, 2010

    Starting this past July, I had the opportunity to spend some time "Down Under" working as an intern on Google Wave. Since I had worked with Google before on building the open source software that runs the Google Summer of Code and Google Code-in, I joined the Wave open source effort this time. I was primarily focused on open sourcing the Robots API, so that non-Google wave servers could support robots for their users.

    One month into my internship, Google announced its

  • Tonight! Watch Bon Jovi perform their greatest hits, live from NYC

    November 10, 2010

    Bon Jovi lived on a prayer: that you would determine the set list for their concert tonight. And you heeded that call: 1,494 of you submitted 1,733 questions and cast nearly 25,000 votes to determine what those songs would be. So tune in to at 8 p.m. (ET) tonight to watch this legendary band perform for the world from the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, New York City.

    If you can’t make the show, it will replay twice every six hours over a 24-hour period so you’ll have another chance to watch. Rock on!

    Ali Sandler

  • Upcoming webinars - YouTube holiday planning & mobile best practices

    November 10, 2010

    We would like to invite you to 3 upcoming webinars targeted towards retail clients and the agencies that support them -- YouTube Holiday Planning, Intro to Mobile Ads and Mobile Best Practices. These sessions are designed to help you incorporate video and mobile ad strategies into holiday campaigns and beyond.

    YouTube Holiday Webinar
    Thursday, November 11, 2010, 10amPST / 12pmCST / 1pmEST
    During this session you'll learn how to capitalize on holiday shoppers browsing video content, including customization tips for your YouTube Channel, innovative

  • A brand-new interface for AdSense

    November 9, 2010

    If you’re an online publisher running a website that relies on ad revenues—whether it’s a blog or an entertainment website—it can sometimes be complex to get started and to find new ways to make more money from your ads.

    As I’ve previously written, we’re committed to helping online publishers—large and small—“find the advertising gold hidden within their sites,” so they can fund their websites and online content. At the core of these efforts—as it has been for more than seven years—is AdSense, which now has more than 2 million publishers in

  • Introducing the new AdSense interface, now available globally

    November 9, 2010

    Last November we announced that we were starting to test a new interface with a limited group of publishers. Since then, we’ve been focused on adding new features and incorporating feedback from our testers. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve begun rolling out the new AdSense interface to all publishers globally. Within the next few weeks, you should see a “Try the new AdSense interface” link appear in the upper corner of your account. Clicking the link will bring you to the new interface.

    Built based on feedback we’ve heard from you

  • Who's the newest Super Modeler? Vote!

    November 9, 2010

    Today we’re announcing a new approach to bestowing “Super Modeler” status on our geo-modeling rock stars. More on that below—but first a little history.

    A new form of 3D modeling began when @Last Software, the maker of SketchUp, was acquired by Google in 2006. Modeling 3D buildings for the purpose of viewing them in Google Earth went from being a quirky activity to a new art form. We refer to it as "geo-modeling.”

    Being 3D enthusiasts ourselves, we were always on the lookout for good building models in the 3D Warehouse. When we discovered

  • Voice Search in underrepresented languages

    November 9, 2010

    (Cross-posted from the Google Research Blog)


    Today we’re introducing Voice Search support for Zulu and Afrikaans, as well as South African-accented English. The addition of Zulu in particular represents our first effort in building Voice Search for underrepresented languages.

    We define underrepresented languages as those which, while spoken by millions, have little presence in electronic and physical media, e.g., webpages, newspapers and magazines. Underrepresented languages have also often received little attention from the speech

  • Howcast vlogger wanted!

    November 9, 2010

    Howcast is changing it up this week, and Heather Menicucci’s weekly series on filmmaking in the digital age will resume next Friday.

    Help Howcast find our first video blogger!

    We're looking for someone to produce, edit and host our new video blog taking a look inside Howcast and the world of how-to. This is a real, paid part-time gig in our NYC office in SoHo.

    Want to show us what you can do? Tell us why you should be the face of our new series by submitting a video response on YouTube. Be as creative as you want as long as you highlight

  • AdWords Downtime: November 13, 10am-2pm PST

    November 9, 2010

    We'll be performing routine system maintenance on Saturday, November 13 from approximately 10:00am to 2:00pm PDT. You won't be able to access AdWords or the API during this time frame, but your ads will continue to run as normal.

    - Eric Koleda, AdWords API Team

  • Hot Tech Products for Holiday

    November 9, 2010

    There is a lot of consumer excitement around new tech products this holiday season. According to our latest research, 56% of shoppers are planning to buy computer related gifts, 50% plan to purchase electronics and 13% of them plan to purchase electronics online (Google/Ipsos OTX Consumer Holiday Shopping Intentions, September 2010).

    We looked at Google Insights for Search to see the query volume of a few hot products from three different tech categories: Consumer Electronics & Accessories, Computers & Accessories, and Mobile Phones &

  • Control YouTube on the desktop, or the TV... with the YouTube Remote app for your phone

    November 9, 2010

    If you’re like me, you love watching YouTube on your smartphone. My phone is always with me, which means my favorite YouTube videos are never more than a few taps away. Sometimes though, mid-watch, I wish I could get a big-screen experience of that video. What if there was a way to wirelessly “connect” my phone to a much larger screen, like a Google TV?

    Cue YouTube Remote, a new Android app that we’re launching in the Android Market today.

    YouTube Remote creates a virtual connection between your phone and YouTube Leanback. To ‘pair’ your

  • Lamp Design Challenge winners announced

    November 9, 2010

    The winners of the i.materialise 3D Printed Lamp Design Challenge for SketchUp have been announced, and they’re beautiful. Check ‘em out:

    First Place:
    3D Maze by Corre

    Second Place:
    by Paradox

    Third Place:
    HD Studio Lamp
    by Zach Hines & Oliver Dibrova

    Jury Prize:
    by Oscar Rottink

    You can see all 55 entries at the bottom of this page. Thanks to everyone who submitted a design and congratulations to the winners. Each of the top three winners will receive their lamp as

  • App Tuesday: Eight new apps for your business

    November 9, 2010

    The Google Apps Marketplace helps your business discover and deploy the right web-apps that integrate with Google Apps, reduce IT costs, and eliminate redundant log-ins and data entry. Every App Tuesday, we welcome even more apps that expand the range of solutions available to businesses.

    Today, eight more apps join the Apps Marketplace, all with single sign-on convenience and hassle-free access through the universal navigation bar. Most apps have even deeper integrations—read below to learn more.

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