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  • Android Browser User-Agent Issues
    December 16, 2010
    [This post is by Bart Sears, who manages the Android Browser team. —Tim Bray]
    This posting describes some issues when browsing websites with mobile variants using large-form-factor Android devices. This posting will be of interest both to OEMs (with recommendations on how to set the User Agent string for the device) and to web site designers/administrators (with recommendations on how to decide to provide either a mobile version, a desktop version, or a large-form-factor touch device version of the site).


    With the advent of Android

  • YouTube Highlights 12/16/2010
    December 16, 2010
    This is the latest in our series of YouTube highlights. Every couple of weeks, we bring you an update on new product features, interesting programs to watch, and tips you can use to grow your audience on YouTube. Just look for the label “YouTube Highlights” and subscribe to the series. – Ed.

    Since our last update, we’ve taken a look at the year on YouTube, asked for your ideas on how to make the world a better place, launched a series of contests and announced a wave of new features. We have a lot to cover!

    The year on YouTube
    From videos
  • Celebrating 10 years in Chicago
    December 16, 2010
    These days, you probably know the city of Chicago as the home of great comedy, amazing parks, soaring skyscrapers, championship hockey and—no matter what our colleagues at Google NYC say—the greatest pizza in the world. But you might not know that Chicago is also home to one of Google’s oldest U.S. offices: this week Google Chicago celebrated its 10th anniversary. To mark the event, we celebrated with a party, a giant anniversary cake (18 lbs of butter, 100+ eggs and 60 lbs fondant) and most importantly, 10 community grants to 10 organizations
  • Play of the year
    December 16, 2010
    Over the last 13 weeks, we've seen over 2000 submissions pour in from people around the country, all looking to have their play make it onto ESPN's SportsCenter. We've thoroughly enjoyed the incredible catches, buzzer beaters, game-winning goals, and most of all, the indomitable displays of competitive spirit. That's what sports on YouTube is all about!

    Along those lines, we're thrilled to announce the winner of the YouTube | ESPN Your Highlight Presented by AT&T, as determined by community voting, is this video of Jay Fleming of Nashville
  • This week in Docs: Revision history in spreadsheets
    December 16, 2010
    Today we’re excited to announce that the new revision history view we added to documents is now available in spreadsheets. At a glance, you can now see all of the changes that collaborators have made cell-by-cell. Each collaborator is represented by a different color so it is easy to understand who made what changes.

    Changes made by collaborators are grouped into batches. To expand these batches, select “Show more detailed revisions.”

    Let us know what you think in the comments.

  • Find out what’s in a word, or five, with the Google Books Ngram Viewer
    December 16, 2010
    Scholars interested in topics such as philosophy, religion, politics, art and language have employed qualitative approaches such as literary and critical analysis with great success. As more of the world’s literature becomes available online, it’s increasingly possible to apply quantitative methods to complement that research. So today Will Brockman and I are happy to announce a new visualization tool called the Google Books Ngram Viewer, available on Google Labs. We’re also making the datasets backing the Ngram Viewer, produced by Matthew Gray
  • Send a message of holiday cheer with Google Maps
    December 16, 2010
    (Cross-posted on the Lat Long Blog)

    For me, celebrating the holidays is about spending time with family and friends. Along with sharing delicious meals and building snowmen in the backyard, getting into the season often means traveling to places both familiar and new, whether going to visit family or walking down the Champs-Élysées to see the holiday lights.

    We’re sure many of you have holiday plans in the works, so we’ve designed greeting cards you can email to friends and family—to share those fun adventures or just to say hello
  • The next generation of mobile maps
    December 16, 2010
    (Cross-posted on the Google Mobile Blog and Lat Long Blog)

    I’m excited to announce Google Maps 5.0 for Android, with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.

    We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago. Since then, we’ve added dozens of features, and we’ve grown from a few thousand to more than 100 million users. Still, a couple of things have remained the same: a flat, north-up map and the need for a strong Internet connection. Today, we’re changing that for the first time.

  • The Department of Commerce explores privacy
    December 16, 2010

    In April the Department of Commerce announced the formation of an Internet Policy Task Force to look at the various issues affecting economic growth and job creation through the Internet. Today, the task force issued its first report, a green paper on the framework that the Commerce Department intends to apply to questions about online privacy.

    Like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which released its own privacy report a couple weeks ago, the Department of Commerce is looking
  • Google Apps welcomes AdSense
    December 16, 2010
    Google Apps is Google’s suite of cloud-based messaging and collaboration apps used by over 30 million users in small and large businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world. Apps includes products such as Gmail, calendar, documents, spreadsheets and more, specifically optimized for use in organizations.

    We recently launched an improvement to Google Apps that made dozens of Google services, including AdSense, available to Apps users for the first time. Before this improvement, Google
  • WebGL now in Beta: here comes the 3D web!
    December 15, 2010
    (Cross-posted from the Chromium Blog)
    We’re happy to announce that WebGL is now on by default in Google Chrome’s beta channel, with some shiny new demos to show off what the technology can do.
    WebGL is a 3D graphics API for JavaScript that developers can use to create fully 3D web apps. It is based on the OpenGL ES 2.0 API, which should be familiar to many 3D graphics developers. Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera and graphics hardware vendors have been working together to standardize WebGL for over a year now, and since the spec

  • Things Multichannel Retailers Can Do After Shipping Deadlines Pass
    December 16, 2010
    The shipping deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery is fast approaching for most retailers. But what’s a retailer to do after the deadline passes?

    We have always encouraged retailers to "keep the lights on" throughout the entire holiday season -- as in, keep working hard to reach people at the moment of interest.

    Don’t ignore the hordes of last minute shoppers just because it's not possible to ship to them by Christmas; instead, shift the focus from driving online conversions (online gift cards aside!) to helping interested shoppers locate
  • 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

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