Thursday, December 16, 2010

News About Google - 16 December 2010

  • Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
    December 16, 2010
    Yep, it’s that time of the year again when everyone takes a break to celebrate the traditional holidays with their family and friends. At Google it’s no different. Despite our constant work to launch new improvements for you every month, we like to celebrate the holidays with all orkut users :)

    This is also a great time to look back to 2010 and plan ahead for 2011. It was an incredible year for us with over 30 launches, such as Groups of Friends, private scraps, badges, themes and many more. And speaking of themes, don’t forget

  • Home sweet Homepage
    December 15, 2010
    Starting today, you might notice a button on YouTube.com asking if you want to check out an experimental homepage we’ve been working on. It’s an opt-in experiment, offering a homepage that has a real emphasis on a personalized video browsing and watching experience.

    Some of the enhancements include:
    • Combined list - Merges your subscriptions, friend activity, and recommendations into one easier-to-scan list (and a “Subscription uploads” tab if you only want to see subscriptions)
    • Don’t miss a video - If a channel uploads 4 videos in a day

  • WindowBuilder becomes new open source project
    December 15, 2010
    When Google acquired Instantiations, the maker of a suite of Java development tools, we made many of their Java Eclipse tools available for free as part of the Google Web Toolkit. Today, Google is donating the source code for WindowBuilder, an Eclipse Java GUI design tool, and CodePro Profiler, an analytics tool that identifies code performance issues, to the Eclipse Foundation. This represents a major code contribution–learn more about this release on the Google Code Blog.

    By Eric Clayberg and the Google Developer Tools Team

  • We asked. You told us your wishes for 2011
    December 15, 2010
    (Cross-posted from the Small Business Blog)

    Two weeks ago, the Small Business Marketing team asked about your aspirations for the coming year. You told us the biggest wish for your business, and the wish for expanding your business’ online presence. Today, we’d like to share what we heard.

    We combined your responses from our blog, Facebook and Twitter and organized them into three main themes and then sub-themes. Of course, not all wishes fell neatly into these themes, so we did create a Miscellaneous category.

    Before

  • ‘Tis the season to send a personal video greeting!
    December 15, 2010
    Chestnuts are roasting on open fires and it’s the time to start thinking about holiday greetings for friends and family. If licking stamps isn’t your thing, send the gift of good video tidings by uploading your own unlisted video or creating an original video production with some new video web applications, tailored for the holidays.

    Upload a personal video greeting and share it with an Unlisted link
    Get the family together, put on a funny hat or sweater, and gather ‘round the webcam! You don’t have to broadcast your greeting to the entire YouTube
  • SketchUp Pro Case Study: Daniel Company
    December 15, 2010
    This user story comes from Mark Lessmueller at Daniel Company. It came in via the Tell us your story link on the Sketchup Go Green! site.
    Daniel Company has switched to Sketchup Pro for the drafting, design, analysis and construction of its air pollution control systems. Sketchup Pro has helped us visualize potential problems in 3D, allowing us to find conflicts on the computer, rather than in the field. This prevents us from wasting material and resources and reduces our carbon footprint. In addition, we can share our drawings and models

  • An update on Google Fiber
    December 15, 2010

    (Cross posted on the Official Google Blog)

    Earlier this year we announced an experiment we hope will help make Internet access better and faster for everyone: to provide a community with ultra high-speed broadband, 100 times faster than what most people have access to today.

    This week I joined Google as vice president of Access Services to oversee the Google Fiber team. Over the past several months I’ve been following the progress the team has already made—from experimenting
  • After 500 days in captivity, “Free the Hikers” releases music video
    December 15, 2010
    It was 500 days ago today that three American tourists, hiking in northern Iraq near the border of Iran, were detained by Iranian soldiers and imprisoned. Earlier this year, one of the three hikers, Sarah Shourd, was released -- but Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal (Sarah’s fiance) remain imprisoned, despite calls from the international community for their release. Today on our homepage, we’re featuring four videos from freethehikers.org, the organization actively working for their release.

    Over the last 500 days, the supporters of Shane, Josh, and
  • An update on Google Fiber
    December 15, 2010
    Earlier this year we announced an experiment we hope will help make Internet access better and faster for everyone: to provide a community with ultra high-speed broadband, 100 times faster than what most people have access to today.

    This week I joined Google as vice president of Access Services to oversee the Google Fiber team. Over the past several months I’ve been following the progress the team has already made—from experimenting with new fiber deployment technologies here on Google’s campus, to announcing a “beta” network to 850 homes
  • Postini EZCommand Shell makes things even easier
    December 15, 2010
    Today, we are open sourcing the Postini EZCommand Shell, a Perl script allowing Postini administrators to issue EZCommands to Postini from a command line.

    The script is useful in two ways. First, it allows Postini administrators to make Postini EZCommands from a terminal. Second, it provides sample code for developers. For years we’ve had the Postini EZCommand, but never out-of-the-box sample code that companies could use. This code gives developers a helpful guide to integrate EZCommand with their internal systems.

    Postini EZCommand Shell
  • WindowBuilder becomes new open source project with major code contribution to Eclipse Foundation
    December 15, 2010
    When Google acquired Instantiations in August 2010, everyone knew about our Java Eclipse products. Shortly after we joined, we talked about how best to help developers now that we are part of Google. We have always wanted to get these tools in more developers’ hands. So, back in September we decided to give them away for free! The community response has been fantastic. With that done, we asked ourselves, how could we make a good thing even better? How about by open sourcing the code and creating two new Eclipse projects!
    Today we are announcing

  • Post-Holiday Sales
    December 15, 2010
    What's a consumer to do after the crazy rush of holiday shopping ends on December 24? Shop some more! In fact, 2/3 of consumers plan to keep on shopping after Christmas. Looking at last holiday season, consumers' searches for "sales" and "returns" during the holiday season actually peaked on December 26, 2009 (same as 2008).

    Much of the post-holiday season is about seeking out sales, using gift cards, and returning gifts that weren't perfect! So think of post-holiday, as another key holiday component of your overall marketing strategy. You want

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