Thursday, March 31, 2011

New About Google - 30 March 2011

  • Fresh new perspectives for your blog
    March 30, 2011
    (Cross-posted from Blogger Buzz)

    Today we’re previewing five new dynamic templates in Blogger that you’ll soon be able to customize and use for your blog. These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers:
    • Infinite scrolling: read more posts without having to reload or click to a second page
    • New layouts: different views suited to different types of blogs
    • Speed: download images as you view them, not all at once in advance
    • Interactivity: there are

  • 38 more languages and minimize toolbar added to Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office
    March 30, 2011
    Just over a month ago, we launched Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, adding simultaneous collaboration, revision history, cloud sync, unique URLs and simple sharing to the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications.

    Today, we’re happy to release our first update that adds support for 38 more languages and adds the ability to minimize the toolbar. Here is what Google Cloud Connect looks like in Japanese:


    Due to popular request, we’ve added the option to minimize Google Cloud Connect by clicking on a new minimize arrow.

  • New imagery of Japan after the earthquake
    March 30, 2011


    (Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)

    It’s now the third week after the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck northeastern Japan. Aid organizations have been hard at work and cities are starting to show signs of recovery, but the damage is beyond imagination and there are still thousands of people at shelters grappling with daily challenges. As a native of Sendai city, I’m still speechless seeing the destruction
  • New imagery of Japan after the earthquake
    March 30, 2011
    (Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)

    It’s now the third week after the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck northeastern Japan. Aid organizations have been hard at work and cities are starting to show signs of recovery, but the damage is beyond imagination and there are still thousands of people at shelters grappling with daily challenges. As a native of Sendai city, I’m still speechless seeing the destruction and damage that has been done to the places I love and care about.

    We’ve been looking for ways we can assist in the
  • Mo’ better to also detect “mobile” user-agent
    March 30, 2011
    Webmaster Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Here’s a trending User-Agent detection misstep we hope to help you prevent: While it seems completely reasonable to key off the string “android” in the User-Agent and then redirect users to your mobile version, there’s a small catch... Android tablets were just released! Similar to mobile, the User-Agent on Android tablets also contains “android,” yet tablet users usually prefer the full desktop version over the mobile equivalent. If your site matches “android” and then automatically redirects users, you
  • Concurrency Management in the AdWords API
    March 30, 2011
    Has a call from your application ever returned a CONCURRENT_MODIFICATION error but you can’t figure out why? Let’s look at concurrency management in the API to understand what might have happened.

    The AdWords API uses an optimistic concurrency control mechanism.  When the server begins to process a request, it checkpoints the current state of the relevant account, then executes the business logic and validation rules in the request.  Before committing the requested change, the server again checkpoints the account. If the “before

  • Identifying App Installations
    March 30, 2011
    [The contents of this post grew out of an internal discussion featuring many of the usual suspects who’ve been authors in this space. — Tim Bray]
    In the Android group, from time to time we hear complaints from developers about problems they’re having coming up with reliable, stable, unique device identifiers. This worries us, because we think that tracking such identifiers isn’t a good idea, and that there are better ways to achieve developers’ goals.

    Tracking Installations

    It is very common, and perfectly reasonable

  • Announcing App Engine 1.4.3. Release
    March 30, 2011
    Just in time for spring, we have a new App Engine release to bring our Java and Python runtimes even closer to parity. For Python, we’ve launched a test library to match the existing Java testing framework, and for Java we’ve introduced the Deferred and Remote APIs. This release also introduces a new Blobstore writing feature, the experimental release of the Prospective Search API in Python, and a few goodies for Task Queue and Cron users.

    Python


  • +1 to great web content
    March 30, 2011
    Most successful AdSense publishers have something in common: users who are passionate about their content. Today we’re making it easy for the users who love your content to recommend it to their friends and contacts with the +1 button.

    We think sharing on the web can be even better -- that people might share more recommendations, more often, if they knew their advice would be used to help their friends and contacts right when they’re searching for relevant topics on Google. The +1 button is an easy way for users to recommend your content right
  • +1’s: the right recommendations right when you want them—in your search results
    March 30, 2011
    Our goal at Google is to get you the most relevant results as quickly as possible. But relevance is about relationships as well as words on webpages. That’s why we recently started to include more information from people you know—stuff they’ve shared on Twitter, Flickr and other sites—in Google search results.

    Today we’re taking that a step further, enabling you to share recommendations with the world right in Google’s search results. It’s called +1—the digital shorthand for “this is pretty cool.” To recommend something, all you have to
  • Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas
    March 30, 2011
    As part of our overall goal to make the web better for users, last year we announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. The response was overwhelming—nearly 1,100 cities felt the need for speed—and we were thrilled by the enthusiasm we saw across the country for better and faster web connections. Thank you to every community and individual that submitted a response, joined a rally, starred in a YouTube video or otherwise participated.

    After a careful
  • An update on Buzz
    March 30, 2011
    User trust really matters to Google. That’s why we try to be clear about what data we collect and how we use it—and to give people real control over the information they share with us. For example, Google Dashboard lets you view the data that’s stored in your Google Account and manage your privacy settings for different services. With our Ads Preferences Manager, you can see and edit the data Google uses to tailor ads on our partner websites—or opt out of them entirely. And the Data Liberation Front makes it easy to move your data in and
  • Join us today for a Google and American Marketing Association webinar
    March 30, 2011
    We invite you to take a few minutes tomorrow and hear mobile insights, strategies and best practices from mobile search specialists. Today at 1:00 pm EST, Google’s Anjali Vaidya, Mobile Account Manager, and Bon Mercado, Senior Mobile Account Manager, will speak to 1000+ members of the American Marketing Association in a webinar; please join us.

    Since marketers tend to combine their mobile and desktop campaigns in order to drive additional traffic, many marketing efforts are not yet optimized for the mobile platform. Today, Bon and Anjali will
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu answers your questions live on YouTube
    March 29, 2011
    Two weeks ago, YouTube and Israel’s Channel 2 News asked you to submit your questions for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Thousands of you responded, from more than 90 countries, and while a large portion of questions were submitted from users across the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, many also from farther corners like Japan, Pakistan, Canada, Nepal, and Venezuela.

    Today, at 11:10 am PST, Prime Minister Netanyahu will answer the top-voted questions from around the world, and you can watch the interview

  • When in Rome: New Street View imagery of historic sites in Italy and France
    March 29, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Lat Long Blog)

    We’ve been busy pedaling the Street View trike around the nooks and crannies of storied sites in Europe, including palaces, monuments and castles, so you can explore them in Google Maps with Street View.

    Starting today, you can view some of the most historic and architecturally significant landmarks in Italy and France, including UNESCO sites in Rome, the center of Florence and stunning chateaux in the French countryside.

    In addition to seeing the exterior of archaeological sites like the Imperial
  • In-app Billing Launched on Android Market
    March 29, 2011
    [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem. —Dirk Dougherty]
    Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Android Market In-app Billing to developers and users. As an Android developer, you will now be able to publish apps that use In-app Billing and your users can make purchases from within your apps.
    In-app Billing gives you more ways to monetize your apps with try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades, and other billing models. If you aren’t yet familiar with In-app Billing, we encourage you to learn more about it.
    Several apps

  • Music Tuesday: Farewell, LCD Soundsystem and more
    March 29, 2011
    Welcome back to Music Tuesday, the weekly blog feature that lets you know what music we’re featuring on YouTube -- and why! Dig in and discover some new -- and old -- music with us this week.

    Album Mania!
    The cat’s out of the bag by now: Radiohead made their entire new album available on YouTube yesterday. (Let the wild rumpus start!) But this week we aren’t just saluting those deities of indie rock’s Mt. Olympus; we’re also swooning for up-and-coming Swedish alterna-folk act Fredrik. The group crafted a dreamy, album-length video
  • Introducing Google Commerce Search 3.0
    March 29, 2011
    As we announced on the Official Google Blog, we’ve just launched the third-generation of Google Commerce Search – our search solution for e-commerce websites. When we first first launched Google Commerce Search, our focus was on improving search quality and speed to help retailers provide a better shopping experience and convert more visitors. And retailers like Woodcraft Supply, BabyAge.com and HealthWarehouse.com have all seen the results. Today we are pleased to one-up the capabilities that have proved useful to our retail partners
  • Faces of Gmail: Manu Cornet
    March 29, 2011


    I’m a big theater buff, and I always wonder about all the unseen people hard at work backstage, grabbing props, making sure the microphones work, and moving set pieces. Whether you’re into theater or not, we figured you might be interested in hearing about what goes on “behind the scenes” of Gmail. With this in mind, we’re excited to bring you a new series over the coming months called “Faces of Gmail,” which will spotlight the engineers, designers, and other folks who help make Gmail what it is.
  • Google Commerce Search 3.0: You won’t believe it’s online shopping
    March 29, 2011
    When we first introduced Google Commerce Search—our search solution for e-commerce websites—our focus was on improving search quality and speed to help online shoppers find what they’re looking for. Retailers such as Woodcraft Supply, BabyAge.com and HealthWarehouse.com implemented Google Commerce Search on their respective websites; Woodcraft increased search revenues 34 percent, BabyAge increased site searches 64 percent and HealthWarehouse saw online conversions increase 19 percent—and all have reported an increase in customer satisfaction
  • Google SketchUp in Higher Education
    March 29, 2011
    SketchUp has proven to be a very valuable tool for students and educators. Last year we created a video to showcase a few K12 schools who use SketchUp in interesting ways: they’re doing everything from creating models of their town buildings to designing furniture.
    We now we have a new video profiling how SketchUp is being used in higher education institutions. Take a look at three areas of study (film, interior design, and architecture) from three schools (Los Angeles Film School, Art Institute of Colorado, and University of Colorado) using

  • High Replication Datastore: A Solid Choice for Enterprise-class Applications
    March 29, 2011

    WebFilings delivers a revolutionary cloud-based application that enables companies to collaboratively build and file financial reports with the SEC. Built on the Google App Engine platform, companies of all sizes use WebFilings software to take control of their financial reporting processes. WebFilings greatly reduces the time and stress required to file financial reports with the SEC.

    Enterprise Requirements
    As an enterprise class application supporting many Fortune 100 customers with strict financial reporting requirements

Technical News - 30 March 2011


  • Foxconn posts $218 million full-year net loss
    March 31, 2011
    It seems that making stuff for other companies isn't as profitable as it once was. Foxconn, which builds gadgets ranging from motherboards to iPhones, has posted a $218 million full-year net loss,...
  • What are you doing for 'World Backup Day'?
    March 31, 2011
    It's World Backup Day 2011. Do you know where your backups are?
  • Microsoft to file antitrust complaint vs. Google in EU
    March 31, 2011
    Microsoft will file a complaint with the European Commission alleging anticompetitive behavior in Europe's search market.
  • Nintendo 3DS: Record-breaking sales or marketing fail?
    March 31, 2011
    The 3DS is Nintendo's latest magical feat of gaming, but has shoddy marketing harmed sales or has it actually helped them?
  • Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more
    March 31, 2011
    Windows 8 information keeps trickling out slowly. Here to add to the mix is a new wallpaper and some additional information.
  • HP assigns Colorado data center to green-tech testing duties
    March 31, 2011
    Let's be real. It is sort of difficult to test the side-by-side claims of one green data center practice or technology against another. So, Hewlett-Packard is trying to make it a bit easier for...
  • Time to celebrate World Backup Day 2011
    March 31, 2011
    Today is April Fools Day eve, so to speak, but among techies, it's become known as World Backup Day. If you don't want to look like a fool when your computer crashes, keep reading.
  • Samsung 'keylogger' is a GFI VIPRE antivirus false-positive
    March 31, 2011
    I've confirmed that the 'keylogger' that Samsung was accused of shipping with certain notebooks yesterday by NetworkWorld is, in fact, a false-positive result by GFI VIPRE antivirus software.
  • DataStax Brisk: Marrying big data tools Hadroop and Apache Cassandra
    March 31, 2011
    What happens when a company marries big data and analytics? DataStax Brisk.
  • Five battery life savers for HTC Thunderbolt (and other Androids)
    March 31, 2011
    The HTC ThunderBolt may be breaking land speed records with its 4G LTE connection, but all that speed seriously drains the battery. Here are practical tips for squeezing out more battery life.
  • Apple's iPad and tablet parade will boost IT spending, says Gartner
    March 31, 2011
    Sales of media tablets such as Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and an army of other competitors from RIM, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard will give global IT spending a boost, says Gartner.
  • Your Avatar, Your Guide: Digital Doubles Can Improve Social Skills—or Create False Memories (preview)
    March 31, 2011
    Your favorite coffee shop is crowded with harried people, and you are standing shoulder to shoulder in a slow-moving line. Each jostling shift of the crowd aggravates your severe social anxiety. You start gasping for air; your heart quickens and you want to run.
    But you force yourself to stay. You manage that feat only because you are not actually there. You are living this experience through your avatar, an animation that represents you in a virtual environment. In reality, you have never made

  • Ouattara controls Ivory Coast's San Pedro port
    March 31, 2011
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Ivory Coast's Alassane Ouattara seized the major cocoa port of San Pedro overnight, continuing an offensive that has seen them take swathes of the country to try to oust leader Laurent Gbagbo.

  • Fresh new perspectives for your blog
    March 30, 2011
    (Cross-posted from Blogger Buzz)

    Today we’re previewing five new dynamic templates in Blogger that you’ll soon be able to customize and use for your blog. These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers:
    • Infinite scrolling: read more posts without having to reload or click to a second page
    • New layouts: different views suited to different types of blogs
    • Speed: download images as you view them, not

  • Fresh new perspectives for your blog
    March 30, 2011
    Today we’re previewing five new dynamic templates in Blogger that you’ll soon be able to customize and use for your blog. These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers:
    • Infinite scrolling: read more posts without having to reload or click to a second page
    • New layouts: different views suited to different types of blogs
    • Speed: download images as you view them, not all at once in advance
    • Interactivity

  • Music industry will force licenses on Amazon Cloud Player—or else
    March 31, 2011
    Amazon's decision to launch its new Cloud Player without securing additional music licenses has been described as a "bold move" by many observers. It takes serious guts for Amazon to simply declare that it doesn't need licenses—especially when even casual observers know the music industry thinks otherwise. Still, this isn't a one-dimensional issue. The law has yet to deal much with services like Amazon's, record companies fantasize about huge revenues in streaming services,

  • A New Palestinian Movement: Young, Networked, Nonviolent (Time.com)
    March 31, 2011
    Time.com - Rejecting the past, young social-networking rebels embracenonviolence
  • Will you commute via 'personal rapid transit?'
    March 31, 2011
    Imagine stepping onto a cold, windy platform at 2 in the morning and waiting just a few seconds for the transit car to show up.

  • U.S. support order, defection could buoy Libya rebels
    March 31, 2011
    NEAR BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels massed for a counter-attack against Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the east on Thursday, both buoyed by and wary of news of covert U.S. support and his foreign minister's defection.

  • ePals ups its game with Learning Pages partnerships
    March 30, 2011
    Does ePals represent an even better value, despite an actual per-student cost, than free collaboration services from the likes of Google? It's getting harder to dismiss its "Premium Services."
  • Apps are a baseball fan’s best friend (Appolicious)
    March 31, 2011
    Appolicious - I remember sports before apps. When going out for the night meant not knowing the score of the game until you woke up the next morning. When clever fanatics would use the tiniest opportunity at important social gatherings to sneak out to their car and check the score of the game.
  • Google's App Engine Gets New Search Feature
    March 31, 2011
    The Python SDK (Software Development Kit) for Google's cloud platform App Engine has a new search feature that can be used to build notification, monitoring, or...

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  • Google Wants You to 'Like' +1: But Will You?
    March 31, 2011
    Google is gunning to get you to '+1' Websites you like. Here's the problem with that plan.

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  • Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google (Reuters)
    March 31, 2011
    An employee rides her bike past a logo next to the main entrance of the Google building in Zurich July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Christian HartmannReuters - Microsoft Corp stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc with a formal complaint to EU antitrust regulators, claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.


  • Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google
    March 31, 2011
    SEATTLE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc with a formal complaint to EU antitrust regulators, claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.

  • Amazon may be pursuing music streaming licenses for Cloud Player, despite earlier reports (Digital Trends)
    March 31, 2011
    Digital Trends - You may have read yesterday that Sony Music isn’t a big fan of Amazon’s newly launched Cloud Player. The beef is that the online retailer’s new cloud service offers music streaming to users even though it never actually went about the process of negotiating for licenses to do so. Amazon contended that streaming licenses are not necessary, since the content is coming from each user’s personal storage space in the cloud-based network, making it analogous to a remote external
  • Japan disaster sparks social media innovation (AP)
    March 31, 2011
    In this image released by Chris MacKenzie, an illustration titled 'Copter Lift' used in 'Quakebook,' designed by contributor Chris MacKenzie, is shown. A British teacher living in Abiko city, just east of Tokyo, is leading a volunteer team of bloggers, writers and editors producing 'Quakebook,' a collection of reflections, essays and images of the March 11 earthquake that will be sold in the coming days as a digital publication. Proceeds from the project will go to the Japanese Red Cross, said the 40-year-old, who goes by the pseudonym 'Our Man in Abiko.' (AP Photo/Chris MacKenzie) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDITAP - As Japan grapples with an unprecedented triple disaster — earthquake, tsunami, nuclear crisis — the Web has spawned creativity and innovation online amid a collective desire to ease suffering.


  • NTT DoCoMo Increases Investment in India
    March 31, 2011
    NTT DoCoMo to invest $176 million [m] in Indian joint venture

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  • Google snubs city that named itself Google
    March 31, 2011
    What more could a city do?

  • Kick Butt, Zhou Hongyi
    March 31, 2011
    I’ve interviewed literally thousands of businesspeople in China since I opened our Shanghai bureau in 2003 and took up the job of compiling our annual Forbes China Rich List. Because the pace of networking in China is so fast and the pool of entrepreneurs that we try to track is so huge, some faces blur out after only days. By contrast, Zhou Hongyi made a lasting impression when I talked to him several years ago. 
  • Verizon plans 100G deployment on US network
    March 31, 2011
    The network segments include Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Kansas City
  • Convert Your Facebook Profile into a Business or Fan Page
    March 31, 2011
    Facebook users can now convert their personal profiles into business or fan pages.

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  • Debris Prevents Robots From Entering Stricken Nuclear Plant
    March 31, 2011
    Tokyo Electric Power is looking to send radiation-hardened robots into the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but obstacles literally stand in the...

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  • Planned Google app would identify faces
    March 31, 2011
    Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.

  • Mobile SEO a must in 2011
    March 31, 2011
    By now people would have heard the term "Mobile SEO" but some still thinks of doing SEO to non-mobile friendly sites should take care the conversion part of consumers using mobile devices. Certainly not, I suggest starting a separate mobile site with mobile formatted digital content if you don’t have one.

    According to comScore, Mobile search was 9 percent of all queries in 2010 and could grow to 20 percent by 2012. So do you want to be one of the people missing those 20 percent Mobile search

  • Government mulls UK net controls
    March 31, 2011
    Websites deemed to be helping people infringe copyright could be blocked under plans being considered by the government.
  • China's Baidu to shut e-commerce platform
    March 31, 2011
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's largest search engine, will shut its online e-commerce store, Youa, and migrate its users to other platforms, it said on Thursday.

  • Mitsubishi to Resume Making Chip Packaging Resin After Quake
    March 31, 2011
    Mitsubishi Gas Chemical will restart production of a resin vital for chip packaging early next month, at a factory that was damaged by the March 11 earthquake in...

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  • Former FDA Chemist Named in Insider Trading Cases
    March 31, 2011
    On March 29, 2011, the United States Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint in the District of Maryland that charges Gaithersburg, MD residents Cheng Yi Liang, 57, and his son, Andrew Liang, 25, with conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud, securities fraud and wire fraud relating to their trading in the securities of five companies:
  • Baseball apps that score on opening day
    March 31, 2011
    The baseball season starts today. For iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or BlackBerry, there's an app to help you follow your favorite team, keep score at games, or construct a killer fantasy lineup.
  • eBay reveals its iPad 2 sales data
    March 31, 2011
    The online auction site has enabled the resale of a daunting number of tablets in two weeks.
  • Music labels look for rights violations in Amazon cloud
    March 31, 2011
    Online retailer appears to have gone to lengths to avoid violating copyright laws, and the company has begun negotiations to obtain licenses for new services. That could take time. Meanwhile, we've yet to hear from Apple and Google.
  • Vodafone Buys out Indian Owner in Mobile Joint Venture
    March 31, 2011
    Vodafone says it is buying out Indian partner, Essar Group, in mobile joint venture

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  • China report claims Google-linked firms broke tax rules
    March 31, 2011
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities found three companies linked to Google Inc broke tax rules and are investigating possible tax avoidance, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday, raising the risk of fresh pressure on the Internet search giant.