Thursday, March 24, 2011

Business News - 23 March 2011

  • Discover v201101: Generic selectors
    March 23, 2011
    AdWords API v201101 changes the way you retrieve data using the get() method of most services. This blog post discusses the new feature in detail and highlights the changes you need to make in your code to migrate to generic selectors.

    Introduction

    Prior to v201101 of AdWords API, every service had its own selector to retrieve data using the get() method. For instance, to retrieve all active ad group criteria in an ad group, you would write your code as
    // OLD CODE - v201008.
    // Create selector.
    AdGroupCriterionSelector selector = new

  • Our hearts go out to Japan
    March 23, 2011
    We’ve been following the crisis in Japan and would like to show our support for a speedy recovery with a special doodle:
    Many teams at Google came together to support the crisis, from a centralized Crisis Response page, available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean, a Person Finder tool, up-to-date satellite images in Google Earth and change trackers in Google Maps, and an easier donation process. See our Google.org blog post for more details.

    Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the tragedy!

  • A new full-screen photo viewer on Orkut
    March 23, 2011
    Browsing your friends’ photo albums is one of the coolest things to do on Orkut, and now our full-screen viewer just got even better. It can display photos like they deserve to be seen: BIG, fast, and with the ability to comment and like them (or not) right there!

    To see your friends’ photos in this new format, just click the "view in full screen” link:


    Voila! Now just sit back and enjoy all the photos on Orkut -- your friends’ and your own -- in full-screen. To comment or like them, use the options on the right side

  • Watch Lady Gaga’s exclusive Q&A with Google
    March 23, 2011
    (Cross-posted from the YouTube Blog)

    Google went totally Gaga yesterday, when the indomitable artist otherwise known as Stefani Germanotta clicked onto the Mountain View, Calif. campus in her impossibly tall black boots.

    The diminutive superstar wowed a capacity crowd in a venue that was (literally) packed to the rafters with adoring Googlers. In a wide-ranging interview that saw Gaga taking questions from fans via Twitter and Moderator, the musician spoke about everything from bullying to Rebecca Black, the creative process and her
  • Watch Lady Gaga’s exclusive Q&A with Google
    March 23, 2011
    Google went totally Gaga yesterday, when the indomitable artist otherwise known as Stefani Germanotta clicked onto the Mountain View,  CA, campus in her impossibly tall black boots.

    The diminutive superstar wowed a capacity crowd in a venue that was (literally) packed to the rafters with adoring Googlers. In a wide-ranging interview that saw Gaga taking questions from fans via Twitter and Moderator, the musician spoke about everything from bullying to Rebecca Black, the creative process and her upcoming album. She took questions from
  • Revisions, and presence, and painters, oh my. Updates to Drawings
    March 23, 2011
    Today we’re releasing a bunch of new features in Google Drawings, designed to make editing easier and more collaborative.

    Presence + Revision history
    Google Docs has always been designed to make it easy to work on documents together. We’re making that easier in drawings by introducing two new features. First, we’ve added presence highlights around shapes. The color that you see beside a person’s name in the sidebar is now used to highlight the shapes which that person has selected. In the example below, mfrederick is editing the triangle at
  • Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED concert streams live on YouTube tonight
    March 23, 2011
    Duran Duran, the iconic '80s band who’s returned with a new album and tour, will be broadcasting their UNSTAGED performance live at 7 p.m. PT tonight, March 23, on their YouTube channel. The show is part of YouTube’s UNSTAGED concert series, presented in partnership with Amex and VEVO, and it will be directed by famed cult director David Lynch.

    Few bands embodied the 1980s like Duran Duran. They had the best hair, the loveliest makeup, outlandish fashion...and they released a slew of amazing pop songs other bands would have killed to have written
  • Let's get physical. Let me hear your body talk!
    March 23, 2011
    Olivia Newton-John’s famous early 80’s song, Physical, sums up the thoughts of frantic out-of-shape Americans rushing to get in shape before being forced to bare their recently hibernating bodies in a swimsuit. Google Insights for Search 2010 trends indicate that there is a spike in interest for weight loss programs & exercise plans in April and May.














    What does this mean to you as a retailer?

    If you have weight loss supplements, exercise equipment, swimsuits that flatter or cover-ups, you have an audience
  • New home page for the new AdSense interface
    March 23, 2011
    We’ll now be showing you earnings for today, yesterday, this month so far, and last month as well as any unpaid finalized earnings and most recent payment information. Important alerts will appear in a bar at the top to make sure you don’t miss anything critical.

    We’re still working toward more improvements based on comments we’ve heard, including the ability to view your top channels from the home page. Stay tuned for many more features that you've been asking for! Please continue to send us your feedback on the new interface by joining the
  • Filter your data in spreadsheets
    March 23, 2011
    Collecting information is often much easier than analyzing or understanding it, especially for large information in large spreadsheets. One common challenge is that it’s hard to drill down into the data you want to find quickly.

    Today we are making it easier to analyze and view your data with the addition of filtering in Google spreadsheets. Adding a filter onto a set of data can help you quickly narrow down the data set to find the data you need. By selecting a data set, you can filter and sort amongst many rows at once.

    Let’s say you started
  • 2011 European Scholarship for Students with Disabilities: results announced
    March 22, 2011
    (Cross-posted from the Google Students Blog)

    We're pleased to announce the winners of the second annual European Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. This scholarship gives recognition to outstanding scientific contributions from students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science at a university in the European Union, Switzerland or Israel. It aims to help break barriers that keep students with disabilities from entering computing and encourages them to excel in their studies and become
  • Music Tuesday: Your guide to discovering music on YouTube
    March 22, 2011
    Today we’re launching a weekly blog series in which we discuss the music we’re featuring on youtube.com/music -- and why. We’ll share the videos that have us tweeting obsessively, playlists which delve into all the great new (and old!) music scenes percolating on the site, and even the occasional streaming album premier. Sure, we’re only scratching the surface of YouTube’s vast musical universe -- but you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Welcome to the first edition, and we hope you discover some great music with us!

    Dig for Fire’s SXSW Lawn
  • Four new cities in Building Maker
    March 22, 2011
    Building Maker development continues at a torrid pace. Congratulations to the people of Rome, Italy; New Orleans, Louisiana; Long Beach, California and Malibu, also in California. Your metropolises (and/or pricey beach communities) are now proud members of the getting-less-exclusive-all-the-time cadre of cities in Building Maker. One hundred and fourteen—and counting!




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