Tuesday, December 7, 2010

News About Google - 07 December 2010

  • Discover v201008: Partial Failure for AdGroupCriterionService
    December 6, 2010
    With v201008 of the AdWords API we have introduced a new beta feature for AdGroupCriterionService: Partial Failure. Typically all requests to the AdWords API are atomic, so each of them either fails or succeeds in full. While this can be helpful to maintain consistency, we’ve heard from you that, in some cases, you would prefer that some operations fail while other changes are applied.

    AdGroupCriterionService requests often contain many Criteria to add or update. Having an error in just one of them will force you to resend the whole

  • Highlights from Google Developer Day 2010
    December 6, 2010
    With our 3 Google Developer Days in Munich, Moscow and Prague last month, we wrapped up “GDD season” this year. It was great to meet many of you in person, and we’re happy to see all of the positive responses via your tweets and blog posts. Participating in the events was a great way to update you on where we are in our product development as well as to hear your feedback.

    Here is a 3-minute highlights video and a short summary of each of our Google Developer Day events. For all photos and videos, see here.



    Sep 28, Tokyo:
  • New tools to grow your business globally
    December 6, 2010
    Imagine you’re a men’s tailor in Bangkok, and you sell custom suits to travelers passing through Thailand. You start a website to sell your suits online and begin to notice that the majority of your website traffic comes from overseas. How do you respond to this international demand?

    Businesses of all sizes face a number of obstacles when they want to expand internationally. First, they must identify the right market to sell their products or services, such as custom men’s suits. Then they have to create versions of their website and ad campaigns
  • A Priority Inbox update: time savings, new features, and your feedback
    December 6, 2010


    It's been a couple of months since we first launched Priority Inbox. Since then, we’ve heard from a number of you who’ve found it helpful in combating information overload, and we’ve seen evidence of this in aggregate too. Looking at median time in conversation view, we noticed that typical Priority Inbox users spend 43% more time reading important mail compared to unimportant, and 15% less time reading email overall as compared to Gmail users who don’t use Priority Inbox. We’re excited about
  • Cricket Season Has Begun!
    December 6, 2010
    [Cross-posted from the LatLong Blog]
    Summer has arrived in the southern hemisphere, which in Australia, means cricket!

    The Ashes,” a tournament series played between England and Australia, recently began a couple weeks ago so the competition is underway. It’s said to be international cricket's most celebrated rivalry, dating back to 1882.

    The series is played biennially, alternating between the United Kingdom and Australia. Since cricket is a summer sport, and the venues are located in opposite hemispheres, the break between

  • Ponoko 3D Printing Challenge: Two weeks left
    December 6, 2010
    It's Monday -- time for my weekly reminder about entering the Ponoko 3D Printing Challenge before it's too late. You have two more weeks to put together an Instructable about using SketchUp and Ponoko together. Fabulous prizes await you if you win. The future of the digital making revolution is in your hands...


  • Good Tidings We Bring to Cyber Monday Retailers
    December 6, 2010
    The Black Friday-Cyber Monday-Cyber Week party has come to an end, and retailers and economists are now off to post the week’s best pictures. With nearly 9 out of 10 retailers offering promotions during the long weekend, there are certainly plenty of snapshots to review.

    It seems what started 5 years ago as an informal get-together for online shoppers & retailers officially escalated this year into the social event of the season. And consumers didn’t just stop by quickly to say hello; they showed up early, brought their friends, and stayed
  • AdSense Policy webinars are coming to Asia and Australia
    December 6, 2010
    Have you ever received a policy notification from AdSense? Do you sometimes worry about your account security? Are there any particular policies you still don't quite understand and want to know more about?

    In order to help you better understand our policies, the AdSense team will be holding a series of online seminars in Asia and Australia, covering mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Austraia, New Zealand, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia on the schedule below. During the seminar, Google AdSense policy specialists will explain the details of
  • A Summer of Accessibility
    December 6, 2010


    Tekla (formerly mEADL) is a collection of open hardware and open source applications that may be used to enable access to mobile devices for people with motor impairments. The idea for Tekla was the brainchild of the mobile accessibility team at the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI), which became a new mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code in 2010. Our goal has been to bridge some of the gaps currently preventing people with disabilities from using mobile devices.

    Google Summer of Code student Eric Wan is a developer
  • Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread
    December 6, 2010
    The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008. Just over two years later, Android’s vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide. The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations—but we’re not slowing down.

    Today, we’re pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products—Nexus
  • Android 2.3 Platform and Updated SDK Tools
    December 6, 2010
    Today we're announcing a new version of the Android platform — Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It includes many new platform technologies and APIs to help developers create great apps. Some of the highlights include:
    Enhancements for game development: To improve overall responsiveness, we’ve added a new concurrent garbage collector and optimized the platform’s overall event handling. We’ve also given developers native access to more parts of the system by exposing a broad set of native APIs. From native code, applications can now access input

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