Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New About Google - 02 February 2011

  • Think with Google: What We Learned in 2010
    February 2, 2011
    It’s no secret that today’s consumer is online more than ever before! In 2010, we conducted over 60 research studies with the help of partners such as Compete & OTX to better understand how consumers are utilizing the web--and to help you reach them! From all of this research, we learned some pretty cool facts. For example, did you know Google provides the most dating site search referrals1? Or that 25% of new vehicle buyers utilize the mobile web during their research process2? Neither did we. Watch this video to see some of the coolest
  • Google Hotpot now on Google.com and around the world
    February 1, 2011
    Back in November, we introduced Hotpot, a new local recommendation engine powered by you and your friends. Using Hotpot is simple: you rate places on google.com/hotpot—restaurants, hotels, cafes—and add friends on Hotpot whose opinions you trust. Then the next time you perform a search, Google will serve up personalized results, listing places based on your tastes, as well as recommendations from your friends.



    We’ve watched Hotpot grow and change over the last couple months, and today Hotpot is really going places: to a Google search
  • A new SketchUp record!
    February 1, 2011
    Two weeks ago, we issued a free maintenance release that eliminated the much-loathed Shadow Bug (among other things) -- and the SketchUp community went bananas with paroxysms of delight. We felt like Oprah on one of her "Favorite Things" episodes. More of you downloaded SketchUp 8 in the seven days after the M1 release than had ever done so in any one-week period in history.


    Some of my favorite quotes from around the social web:

    Great work for all SU users! It's SU9! -- GENKI via the SketchUp Blog

    My first full day of work with

  • Microsoft’s Bing uses Google search results—and denies it
    February 1, 2011
    By now, you may have read Danny Sullivan’s recent post: “Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results” and heard Microsoft’s response, “We do not copy Google's results.” However you define copying, the bottom line is, these Bing results came directly from Google.

    I’d like to give you some background and details of our experiments that lead us to understand just how Bing is using Google web search results.

    It all started with tarsorrhaphy. Really. As it happens, tarsorrhaphy is a rare surgical procedure on eyelids. And in the summer
  • Discover v201008: Product ads and criteria
    February 1, 2011
    We’ve recently released additional product advertising options in Google AdWords, and have exposed features in AdWords API v201008 to enable you to leverage these new ad formats. Product extensions enhance your existing text ads with relevant production information, while product listing ads expose your entire product catalog with minimal setup and maintenance. You can read further about the differences between these ad formats here.

    In this post we’ll discuss how product ads can be created using the API. Note: both features require
  • Improved copy and paste using the Web Clipboard extension
    February 1, 2011
    The Web Clipboard extension for Google Docs is now available in the Chrome extension gallery. It allows you to copy and paste text and images from the web into the cloud using the Google Docs clipboard. This means that all the web content that you copy and paste is stored in your online clipboard so you can access it quickly and easily across multiple browser windows. You can even copy multiple items at a time.

    Copy

    Paste
    Here are some examples of things you can do:
    • Access items you previously copied on the Web Clipboard

  • Check in with Google Latitude
    February 1, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Mobile Blog and LatLong Blog)

    We first introduced Google Latitude to help you stay in touch with your friends and family by making it easy to share where you are. For the 10 million people actively using Latitude each month, this “where” has been a location on a map. Starting today in Google Maps 5.1 for Android, you can also connect that location to a real place by checking in there using Latitude.

    Connecting your location with placesYou can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location
  • Beauty On the Outside, High Replication on the Inside
    February 1, 2011
    Today we launched Google Art Project in collaboration with 17 of the world’s most renowned museums. Google Art Project is built on top of App Engine and lets you take virtual tours of famous museums using internal Street View technology, view high resolution images of famous art work, and create personal virtual artwork collections.
    When Art Project started development several months ago, the team built the application using Java and the Master/Slave Datastore. However, as their launch date approached, we released the new High Replication

  • Flip Bits not Burgers, the Student Guide
    February 1, 2011

    The Google Summer of Code Mentor Manual, published before the 2009 Mentor Summit, was an effort to help mentors choose the best students and get them involved in the open source community. The Mentor Manual had some extremely useful tips on how organizations can make the best use of the program, so in 2010 the authors printed a new edition that has tips for organization administrators as well!

    When you have a manual for the mentors and org admins, it’s only fair and logical to have one for the students as well. After all, they’

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