Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New About Google - 08 December 2010

  • It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood: growing in Pittsburgh
    December 7, 2010
    Nearly five years ago, we announced that we would begin building an engineering presence in Pittsburgh, a city with a strong technology ecosystem as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and great quality of life. Since then, we’ve grown from two engineers to more than 150, and we’re continuing our commitment to growth in the region as we've officially opened a new Google Pittsburgh office in an old Nabisco factory in Bakery Square.

    The Collaborative Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University had been our home since 2006, and our
  • Four Googlers elected ACM Fellows this year
    December 7, 2010
    (Cross-posted from the Google Research Blog)

    I am delighted to share with you that, like last year, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that four Googlers have been elected ACM Fellows in 2010, the most this year from any single corporation or institution.

    Luiz Barroso, Dick Lyon, Muthu Muthukrishnan and Fernando Pereira were chosen for their contributions to computing and computer science that have provided fundamental knowledge to the field and have generated multiple innovations.

    On behalf of Google
  • Richer photo support in the Google Buzz API
    December 7, 2010
    You’ve already been able to simply include a photo in a Google Buzz post using the Buzz API. Today we’re making it much easier to add photos to Buzz posts. Additionally, using Picasa as the photo repository, you’ll now be able to wield the Buzz API to take all sorts of other actions on behalf of the user:
    • Create a new album
    • Get an album
    • Update an album’s metadata
    • Delete an album
    • List a user’s albums
    • Upload a new photo
    • Get a photo
    • Update a photo’s metadata
    • Delete a photo
    • List a user’s photos
    Accessing a photo entry through the

  • An update on Chrome, the Web Store and Chrome OS
    December 7, 2010
    (Cross-posted on the Google Chrome Blog)

    On the Chrome team, we’re constantly amazed by the speed of innovation on the web. We designed Chrome to make the web shine, and we hope our upcoming efforts will help support this vibrant ecosystem even more. By making the web faster, helping people discover great apps, and making computers more fun to use, the next year of computing should be even more exciting than the last one.

    Chrome

    This year, the number of people using Chrome has tripled from 40 to 120 million. Speed is what people love
  • Update on Google Docs offline and the new Chrome Web Store
    December 7, 2010
    The Chrome Web Store was announced at the Chrome event in San Francisco today, giving Chrome users an easy way to discover a broad range of amazing web apps. You can install our Google Docs web app by clicking Install on our store landing page. This will add a handy shortcut to your favorite web productivity app.

    In addition, at the event today, we were excited to demonstrate a feature that we expect to deliver early in 2011 -- the return of offline support for Google Docs. For those who used offline, we are bringing back the much improved

  • Event time zones in Google Calendar
    December 7, 2010


    Dealing with time zones can be a headache. Whether you’re a regular traveler or trying to plan ahead for your weekend in Paris, it’s often difficult to keep track of time differences. We’ve heard your feedback and are pleased to announce a new addition to Google Calendar: event time zones.

    With event time zones, you can specify the time zone for a given event. So when you’re home in Florida, you can more easily set up dinner with your friend in Paris for the following week. Events will appear on
  • Google Days in the Middle East
    December 7, 2010
    Chris DiBona, head of the Google Open Source Programs Office, is in the Middle East this week to talk to attendees at G-Egypt and G-Jordan, Google’s first ever Google Days hosted in those countries. The G-days will be held in Cairo between December 8th and 10th for G-Egypt, and in Amman between December 12th and 14th for G-Jordan.

    Both events are 3-day conferences, with each day catering to a different audience. Day 1 is for Computer Science Students and Professors, Day 2 is for Software Developers, and Day 3 is for tech entrepreneurs,
  • Improve your AdSense implementation for the holidays
    December 7, 2010
    The holidays are drawing near. As advertisers try to reach more potential customers, now is the best time to increase ad coverage on the pages of your site.

    We want to work with you to help optimize your AdSense implementation, and have provided our top optimization tips below. If you’re interested in trying out some of these suggestions, please sign up before December 15th, 2010. An AdSense optimization specialist will contact you by email or phone to implement the tips you want to try, and we may feature some of you on our Inside AdSense blog
  • How Online Retailers Can Turn the Tablet Wars Into a Manifold Advertising Opportuity
    December 7, 2010
    The Slate. The Streak. The Notion. The Eee. The Galaxy.

    Nope, these aren’t drinks at a 1990s East Coast scenester bar. These are just a few of the many tablet computers that have come out or are coming out soon. Apple’s iPad is no longer the only kid on the block with a lemonade stand. Dozens of major hardware manufactures are all selling their own tablet computers--across a dizzying range of tech specs, OS platforms, and carriers. In mid-November, as retailers ramped up for the holiday season, Slate tech reporter Dan Gillmor announced, “Let

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