Thursday, March 3, 2011

New About Google - 03 March 2011

  • Are you an Orkut Graduate?
    March 2, 2011
    Last year we launched Orkut Badges and wanted to create badges that would recognize Orkut’s most active users. For instance, we created the badge “Promoter” for those who made the most successful promotions, and the “Trend Setter” badge for users who got a lot of comments on things they posted on Orkut.

    Along these lines, we’ve just launched a new badge for users that have “Graduated” from many of Orkut’s experiences.

    To get this badge you need to:

  • Rebuilding L’Aquila in 3D: Progress
    March 2, 2011
    In mid-January of this year, we returned to l’Aquila, Italy to teach a Google Building Maker workshop, in further support of the post-earthquake 3D digital reconstruction effort of the city. If you are not familiar with this Google-assisted effort, you can read all about it (or just watch the video below).

    While we were there, we had the chance to meet many users that are actively working on the project, and see several of their amazing models. These models allow an “at-a-glance” look at the current situation of the city. Most of

  • Something old, something new: Technology meets tradition for the Royal Wedding
    March 2, 2011
    [Cross-posted from the Europe Developer Blog]
    As you may have heard, the UK is gearing up for a very special wedding on April 29, when Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be married in Westminster Abbey in London.
    Unlike many previous Royal Weddings, this event will have its own website – and we're honoured that St. James’s Palace has chosen to use Google’s computing infrastructure to power the site.
    The site, which just went live at, is hosted on Google App Engine, which allows developers

  • Press Start: launching Google Game Developer Central
    March 2, 2011
    Today, the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) officially kicks off in San Francisco. From browser technologies to cloud storage solutions, Google has many products and services that can be useful to game developers. Until now, it was hard for developers to track down information on how Google can help them build, distribute and monetize their games. This is why we are excited to release Google Game Developer Central.

    Google Game Developer Central provides an overview of Google products and services that are particularly relevant

  • What’s new in Docs: Mobile editing in 45 languages, printing in spreadsheets
    March 2, 2011
    Last year, we launched mobile editing in English and more page sizes in Google documents. We’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded on both of these features this week by adding 44 more mobile editing languages and more print sizes to Google spreadsheets.

    Mobile editing now in 45 languages
    You can now edit your documents on the go in 45 languages on Android with Froyo (version 2.2) and on iOS devices (version 3.0+) including the iPad. Learn more at

    More print sizes
    Following in the footsteps of

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