Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New About Google -15 December 2010

  • Acquisitions and antitrust
    December 14, 2010

    As we’ve said before, we understand that as Google grows, we’re going to face more questions about how our business works. We recognize the responsibility we have, and we are always open to hearing ideas about how we can improve.

    Washington Post columnist Steve Pearlstein writes today about Google’s acquisitions and antitrust law, and I thought I’d share a few reflections on his article:

    All companies make “build vs. buy” decisions. Pearlstein writes that he has no problem with
  • Building Maker: 109 cities and counting
    December 14, 2010
    Today’s Google Building Maker imagery update is our last one for 2010 – you can now use our purpose-built geo-modeling tool in any of 109 cities around the world. We’ve just released imagery for:
    • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • Oslo, Norway
    • The Hague, The Netherlands
    San Antonio, Texas is one of the newest additions to Building Maker.

    We also greatly expanded the coverage areas for San Diego, California and Portland, Oregon. And in case you missed the update two weeks ago, we also released imagery for:
    • San Antonio, Texas
    • Tucson, Arizona

  • Join your favorite YouTube stars and charities for an “awesome” live event on Saturday, December 18
    December 14, 2010
    Three years ago, the vlogbrothers Hank and John kick-started an initiative called Project for Awesome, which called for YouTube users across the world to “take over YouTube” by creating videos that promote their favorite charities and causes. Project for Awesome built on its initial success again in 2008, resulting in thousands of user submissions and a homepage takeover, as people around YouTube took to the web to make the world more awesome for the holidays. Hank and John upped the ante last year by increasing community participation, making
  • General Category Blocking extended
    December 14, 2010
    Following up on our announcement that we’ve been beta-testing a new category blocking feature, we’re delighted to release the feature to all publishers in English-speaking countries. General category blocking is an important update to the new AdSense interface that offers you more controls over the ads that appear on your website. It helps you scalably prevent competitors’ ads and ads that you might not find suitable for your audience from appearing on your site. With this new control, you can opt out of receiving ads from across 170 specific
  • Analytics for Android Apps
    December 14, 2010
    [This post is by Alexander Lucas, an Android Developer Advocate bent on saving the world 5 minutes. —Tim Bray]
    With the addition of custom variables to the Mobile Analytics SDK for Android, it strikes me as a good time to cover something many of you might not have known was possible — using Google Analytics to easily track app usage. Using the mobile SDK is a handy way to get real data on how users interact with your Android apps. So today I'm going to explain how to track usage of your application with Google Analytics.

    Prereqs Ahoy

  • Email delegation: Granting access to your Gmail account
    December 14, 2010

    I use two Gmail accounts: one is my personal account and the other I share with my family (we use it to subscribe to groups like my children's classroom mailing list). Checking these two different accounts used to mean I had to sign out and back in to Gmail all the time. Not anymore. Instead, I can grant my personal account access to my shared family account and view, organize and send mail on behalf of our shared account.

    We've offered email delegation for Google Apps accounts for a while —
  • Machinima says bite me
    December 14, 2010 programs and produces some of the most popular video channels on YouTube, including Machinima, Machinima Respawn, Machinima Sports, Machinima Realm, and Machinima Trailer Vault. They recently launched Bite Me, a five episode live-action series, that features three video gamers in the midst of a real-life zombie outbreak. We asked Andy Shapiro, VP of Development at Machinima, a few questions…

    Tell us about Bite Me. What can the YouTube Community expect from the series?
    With Bite Me, viewers will get a high-end premium
  • How to share videos on YouTube (and 50 other things you might want to teach your parents)
    December 14, 2010
    My mom recently purchased a new camcorder and she’s having a blast capturing just about everything on video. She often calls me to describe what incredible event she’s just documented and suggests that we watch it together the next time I visit. Unfortunately, now that I’ve moved across the country, my trips back home are rather infrequent. If only she knew how to share videos online, I’d be able to view them with her no matter where I am.

    I’ve already set aside time to teach my mom how to share videos when I visit for the holidays, but I’m sure
  • What Bravo’s “Real Housewives” can Tell Us about the Luxury Market
    December 14, 2010
    One of the biggest hits on TV is Bravo’s “Real Housewives” reality series. It’s been the franchise that just keeps on giving, featuring season after season of wealthy housewives across America showering themselves with spa treatments, luxurious clothes, jewelry, and lots of drama.

    But then last year, consistent with the rest of the economy, even the Real Housewives struggled! They bought less, downsized homes, and even faced bankruptcies.

    This season however, the Real Housewives are back. They are once again buying expensive jewelry and throwing
  • Tips & Tricks: Building Organizational Charts in Google drawings
    December 14, 2010
    With the new addition of connectors in Google drawings, it’s easier than ever to build anything from a family tree to a flowchart in just a few minutes.

    In honor of the holidays, we thought we’d create a bracket-style showdown between our favorite types of pie.

    Select Shape from the Insert menu, and you’ll see a variety of bubbles, arrows, and symbols to choose from. I used the rounded rectangle shape for this example, but you can select the shape that’s best for your flowchart.

    From there, you can double-click on individual bubbles
  • How to send chats (and 50 other things you might want to teach your parents)
    December 14, 2010
    When I first saw a green dot by my dad’s name in the chat box, I was excited to finally be able to chat with him rather than pick up the phone or send an email. I messaged him a few times, but never got a response. It wasn’t until I went home for the holidays and asked him why he never answered that I found out that he always saw my messages, but really had no idea how to go about sending or responding to chat messages them.

    With a bit of tutoring and practice, my dad has become quite the master chatter, messaging me at all hours of the day, telling
  • Google Voice app now supports iPad & iPod Touch
    December 14, 2010
    Since we launched Google Voice for iPhone a few weeks ago, we’ve been hard at work to add a few improvements that didn’t make it into the first release.

    At the top of the list was adding support for iPod Touch and iPad. Starting today, you can download a new version of Google Voice that lets you use all the features of the app on these devices, such as sending and receiving free text messages - except, of course, make cellular calls.

    While you can’t use your iPod or iPad as a phone, you can use it to initiate Google Voice calls with

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