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.


  • +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, and 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, and 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

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