Sunday, May 15, 2011

New About Google - 15 May 2011

  • What can 48 minds create in 48 hours?
    May 14, 2011
    A new big idea in online entertainment.

    Watch the first installment of IdeaJam, a new web series produced by Katalyst and Intel, where Ashton Kutcher brings together 48 filmmakers, content creators, and social media experts and challenges them to break the traditional bounds of storytelling.

    Using technology, digital video, and social media, these creative minds are engaging with the online community during the development of 6 new entertainment concepts, deepening the connections between video and viewer.

    Results are as varied as they are
  • Celebrating 150 years of MIT
    May 13, 2011
    2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded to speed along America’s industrial progress through scientific innovation. MIT has been at the forefront of computer science with key advancements in the field, like the invention of core memory, the first file sharing system and RSA, the algorithm for public key encryption. MIT and Google share many of the same goals and philosophies, and as part of MIT's 150th anniversary celebration, we wanted to take stock of the many ways we've been working together
  • Keynote and session videos from Google I/O now live
    May 13, 2011

    By Mike Winton, Director of Developer Relations

    With Google I/O 2011 just two days behind us, we wanted to thank the nearly one million developers who joined us at Moscone Center, attended I/O Extended events, and watched online via I/O Live from 161 countries around the world. In addition to the announcements made at the keynote presentations, we had more than 30 announcements in our 110 sessions. HD recordings of all these sessions are now available online. Here are some of the announcements:
    • New Eclipse tools for Android

  • Keynote and session videos from Google I/O now live
    May 13, 2011
    With Google I/O 2011 just two days behind us, we wanted to thank the nearly 1 million developers who joined us at Moscone Center, attended I/O Extended events and watched online via I/O Live from 161 countries around the world.

    The keynote presentations highlighted the momentum and vision for two of our most important developer platforms: Android and Chrome.

    On the topic of Android, Hugo Barra, director of Android Product Management, opened Day 1 of the conference with the themes of “Momentum, Mobile and More,” announcing Movies in Android
  • This week's Trends: slow motion, translation, and birds
    May 13, 2011
    Each weekday, we at YouTube Trends take a look at the most interesting videos and cultural phenomena on YouTube as they develop. We want take a moment to highlight some of what we've come across this week:

  • This week in search 5/13/11
    May 13, 2011
    This is part of a regular series of posts on search experience updates that runs on Fridays. Look for the label "This week in search" and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    This week, you can find what you’re looking for more easily, as we introduced Google Images with sorting and made Google Instant available for even more people.

    Sort by subject in Google Images
    When you’re searching for an image, sometimes it can be hard to describe in words what you’re looking for. Now when that happens, you can use Google Images with sorting to
  • YouTube highlights 5/13
    May 13, 2011
    This is the latest in our series of YouTube highlights. Every couple of weeks, we bring you regular updates on new product features, interesting programs to watch and tips you can use to grow your audience on YouTube. Just look for the label “YouTube Highlights” and subscribe to the series. – Ed.

    More great content on YouTube
    This week we announced the addition of 3,000 major movies titles on We’ve been offering a slew of free movie rentals on YouTube since 2009, but now you can rent and enjoy your favorite movies
  • One week left to Doodle 4 AdSense
    May 13, 2011
    With only one week left to submit your very own AdSense logo for our Doodle 4 AdSense showcase, we wanted to highlight the amazing submissions we’ve gotten so far. Take a look at our Facebook album featuring entries from creative publishers across the world. We’ll be posting the submissions as they come in waves for the next few weeks, so keep checking back for more awesome doodles!

    Inspired to create your own? Get doodling and submit your logo before May 20th. We’ll post all submissions that adhere to our Terms and Conditions on the Facebook
  • Update on AdWords API v201101 sunset dates
    May 13, 2011
    We recently launched AdWords API v201101, including details on the deprecation timeline for previous versions.

    We would like to clarify the sunset dates for the following versions and services:
    • API v13 TrafficEstimatorService: we’re making changes to the TrafficEstimatorService algorithm in v201101 and v201008 to bring you more accurate estimates. We will therefore be sunsetting API v13 TrafficEstimatorService on June 30, 2011. See more on updates to the traffic estimates algorithm on the Inside AdWords Blog.
    • API v200909, v201003

  • Dreams in 3D: a WebGL experience for the modern browser
    May 13, 2011

    By Ricardo Cabello (aka Mr.doob), Google Data Arts Team

    Last August, we released “The Wilderness Downtown”, a music experience that brought together HTML5 and JavaScript, as well as the Google Maps and Street View APIs. Today, we’re excited to introduce our newest project, “3 Dreams of Black”, made with WebGL, HTML5 and JavaScript, and designed for modern browsers like Google Chrome. We previewed this music experience yesterday with web developers at Day 2 of the Google I/O keynote.

    “3 Dreams of Black” takes you on a journey through
  • Blogger is back
    May 13, 2011
    (Cross-posted from the Blogger Buzz blog)

    What a frustrating day. We’re very sorry that you’ve been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours. We’re nearly back to normal—you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored. Thank you for your patience while we fix this situation. We use Blogger for our own blogs, so we’ve also felt your pain.

    Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted
  • 3D dreams in the modern browser
    May 13, 2011
    Some of the most compelling experiences on the web come when inspirations of old are brought to life with modern technologies. Last August, “The Wilderness Downtown” brought the wistful feeling of nostalgia to the browser as you run down the streets where you used to live in an HTML5 music experience based on the Arcade Fire song “We Used to Wait.”

    3 Dreams of Black” is our newest music experience for the web browser, written and directed by Chris Milk and developed with a few folks here at Google. The song, “Black,” comes off the album
  • Shorts From the Cannes Film Festival
    May 12, 2011
    Every spring, the Short Film Corner at Cannes features hundreds of the world's best shorts. Now, for the third year running on YouTube, you'll be able to watch 10 of the best, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada's 7th Annual Online Film Competition.

    How does the competition work? The curators at the NFB picked their favorite films from the Short Film Corner, choosing an eclectic mix of languages and genres. To vote, all you have to do is watch and thumbs up the ones you like. Voting is open to users across the globe. NFB will tally
  • Google Transit goes to Washington
    May 12, 2011

    (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog.)

    Every day, many thousands of commuters, locals, and tourists ride public transit in Washington, D.C. To help all of these transit riders find their way around the metro area, today we’re making comprehensive information about D.C.’s public transportation available on Google Transit.

    In partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), we’re adding all of D.C.’s Metro and bus stations, stops and routes
  • Remove YouTube Sidebar, Ads and Comments with this Simple Trick
    May 12, 2011
    [For Web Presenters, Academicians, and Publishers]
    Sidebar and comments are distractions as they draw apart audience mind from getting the crux of the video. In many scenarios, removing sidebar, advertisements and comments seem to be best option especially when you want viewers to focus on videos only. Situations in which you share YouTube links include presentations, web meetings, student notes, blog posts and teaching.
    youtube video with comments ads sidebar small
    Before: Cluttered Youtube Page
    youtube full screen video small
    After: Full Screen Video in Browser
    Click to enlarge Before and After effects.

    A normal YouTube page looks cluttered likes this. What we would like is browser window filled up with only with video like this.
    Hiding comments and sidebar is very simple. You can link videos that play full-screen or fill all browser window space by inserting _popup keyword in the video URL link.
    For example, if the YouTube link is
    You will have to add _popup word after watch, so that the video opens in full screen without sidebar and comments section. That is, the new video URL is .
    Another method is to replace ” watch?v= ” by ” v/ “. So now, the link looks like – but this approach does force auto-start the video.
    These are very simple tricks to avoid distractions and to show only what you really want to the audience. Use them freely in your web presentations and notes.
    Via Search Research Blog.

  • [cross-posted from the
    May 12, 2011
    [cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog]

    When I’m looking for a restaurant in San Francisco, I always browse photos to see if the ambiance is right for the occasion. With our Business Photos pilot, we’ve been photographing businesses, with their permission, to highlight the qualities that make their locations stand out. In addition to the photos that business owners can upload directly through Google Places, these photos help potential customers get a better view of the decor, merchandise, food, and more on each business’ Place page.

  • Google Transit goes to Washington
    May 12, 2011
    Every day, many thousands of commuters, locals and tourists ride public transit in Washington, D.C. To help all of these transit riders find their way around the metro area, today we’re making comprehensive information about D.C.’s public transportation available on Google Transit.

    In partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), we’re adding all of D.C.’s Metro and bus stations, stops and routes, as well as connections to other transit systems in nearby cities. You can find this information on Google Maps
  • Site maintenance on Saturday, May 14
    May 12, 2011
    This Saturday, our engineers will be performing routine site maintenance from 9am to 5pm PDT. Your stats reporting may be delayed at that time, but we'll continue serving ads to your pages and tracking your clicks, impressions, and earnings as usual. Your ad targeting won't be affected and you will be able to log-in to your account.

    We've converted the maintenance start time for a few cities around the world:

    London - 5pm Saturday
    Alexandria - 6pm Saturday
    Hyderabad - 9:30pm Saturday
    Jakarta - 11pm Saturday
    Perth - 12am Sunday

    To learn more
  • Graduate with Google Apps
    May 12, 2011
    Millions of students will leave college this year with more than just a diploma. There’s a good chance that the graduating class of 2011 will also be experts in another field: Google Apps for Education.

    If you attended a university that’s “gone Google” or just sought out Google products on your own, you’ve learned how to use Apps to collaborate and communicate with your professors and peers. Perhaps you’ve used Gmail to power through email efficiently, Docs to revise group projects without the hassle of attachments, Calendar to keep up
  • The YouTube 100 music chart is live
    May 11, 2011
    We’re introducing the first YouTube chart to track song popularity in user-generated and professional music videos. The YouTube 100 measures song traffic across official music videos, user-uploaded videos and viral debuts, and uses this data to provide a holistic view of song popularity. The new chart is published weekly, and shines a new light on the YouTube community's engagement and creativity.

    This week Katy Perry’s E.T. lands on the Top 10 thanks to her own gravity-defying video and views on popular user videos that lay down rocking
  • Making money with Google In-App Payments for the Web
    May 11, 2011
    Cross-posted from the Google Checkout Blog

    By Amit Fulay, Product Manager and Mikhail Seregine, Software Engineer

    Today at Google I/O, we launched the developer API of Google In-App Payments for the web. In-App Payments enables any web application to receive payments from users and keep them engaged in your application. It is available to all US developers in sandbox today and will be followed by a consumer launch and an international rollout over the summer.

    The team started building Google In-App Payments soon after Jambool

  • 60+ young women recognized as Google Anita Borg Memorial scholars
    May 11, 2011
    The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Anita Borg, who devoted her life to encouraging the presence of women in computing and founded the Institute for Women in Technology in 1997. Anita passed away in 2003, and we created the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in 2004 to honor her memory. Anita’s legacy lives on today through this scholarship and the organization she created, which has since been re-named the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology.

    This year we’d like to recognize and congratulate the 65
  • Getting organized with the Tasks API
    May 11, 2011
    Cross-posted from the Google Apps Developer Blog

    Google Tasks helps many of us to remember all those things that keep us busy. Towards the end of last year we asked our users what they wanted to see improved with Google Tasks and an overwhelming request was for the ability to access tasks from anywhere — be it on the move, on the desktop, or through their favorite Web apps.

    Today, we’re checking off a big to-do from our list and are inviting you to try out the new Google Tasks API. Using the Google Tasks API, developers can —

  • A new kind of computer: Chromebook
    May 11, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Code and Chrome Blogs)

    A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you
  • A new kind of computer: Chromebook
    May 11, 2011
    By Linus Upson, Vice President of Engineering, and Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Chrome

    Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog

    Update 5/11 3:00 PM: Added video of keynote

    A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You’ll be reading your
  • Introducing the Google Webmaster Team
    May 11, 2011
    We’re pleased to introduce the Google Webmaster Team as contributors to the Webmaster Central Blog. As the team responsible for tens of thousands of Google’s informational web pages, they’re here to offer tips and advice based on their experiences as hands-on webmasters.
    Back in the 1990s, anyone who maintained a website called themselves a “webmaster” regardless of whether they were a designer, developer, author, system administrator, or someone who had just stumbled across GeoCities and created their first web page. As the technologies

  • Think Insights with Google: a new site for data lovers
    May 11, 2011
    It’s one of our guiding principles that data beats opinion. With that in mind, our marketing team has put a lot of effort into posing interesting questions—How do new mothers use the Internet? When do people really start their holiday shopping? What trends typify today’s Hispanic web user?—and answering them with concrete information to help marketers make better informed decisions.

    Starting today, we’re sharing this knowledge at Think Insights with Google, a website where we’ll publish our data-supported insights about digital marketing trends
  • App Engine at I/O 2011, Day 2
    May 11, 2011
    Good morning I/O-ers and welcome to day two! We hope you got a chance to see all of the great sessions on day one and, if you missed our big announcements from yesterday, take a look at all the great features in 1.5.0 including Backends and our plans for App Engine to leave preview later this year.
    We’ve got a great set of sessions lined up for day two including updates on our progress with Full-text Search and MapReduce. We’ve also got two great sessions on a subject close to developers’ hearts: reliability.
    Under the Covers with

  • Meet May’s On The Rise nominees
    May 11, 2011
    A new month brings a new batch of up-and-coming talent for our On The Rise program. Our On The Rise nominees for May are in, and we invite you to check them out and vote for your favorite.

    Here’s how it works: we identify channels who have grown their subscriber base in the past 30 days but haven’t quite reached 100,000. You vote on your favorite on the top right-hand corner of this blog. At the end of the week, the nominee with the most votes wins exposure on the YouTube homepage and the videos page as well as posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • How integrating new ad sizes helped increase revenue by 165%
    May 10, 2011
    In 1997, founder Michael Robinson decided to pursue his passion of helping people discover their true career directions. He initially wanted to go into high schools and work directly with students, but decided instead to start a website so that he could keep his day job. Today, helps high school students, college students, and adults alike discover their optimal career paths and learn how to start careers or make career changes.

    In 2007, Michael and's top graphic designer realized that
  • Because Data Beats Opinion: Introducing Think Insights with Google
    May 11, 2011

    It’s one of our company’s guiding principles that data beats opinion. And as such, we’ve put a lot of effort into asking some interesting questions -- How do new mothers use the Internet? When do people really start their holiday shopping? What trends typify today’s Hispanic web user? -- and answering them with concrete information.

    We’re now pleased to share this knowledge at Think Insights with Google, the website where we’ll be publishing our learnings and insights about digital marketing trends.

  • Page Speed Online has a shiny new API
    May 10, 2011
    Webmaster level: intermediate

    A few weeks ago, we introduced Page Speed Online, a web-based performance analysis tool that gives developers optimization suggestions. Almost immediately, developers asked us to make an API available to integrate into other tools and their regression testing suites. We were happy to oblige.

    Today, as part of Google I/O, we are excited to introduce the Page Speed Online API as part of the Google APIs. With this API, developers now have the ability to integrate performance
  • Android Meet App Engine, App Engine Meet Android
    May 10, 2011
    By Chris Ramsdale, Product Manager, GWT and GPE

    Imagine this: you've spent the past few months hammering away at the latest mobile game sensation, Mystified Birds, and you are one level away from complete mastery. And then it happens. In a fit of excitement you throw your hands up, and along with them your Nexus S, which settles nicely at the bottom of the pool you happen to be relaxing next to. The phone is rendered useless. Luckily, your insurance policy covers the replacing the device and the Android Market handles replacing your apps. Unluckily
  • Streamline your web font requests: introducing “text=”
    May 10, 2011

    By Raph Levien, Engineer, Google Web Fonts

    Last week, the Google Web Fonts team announced a new feature on the Google Web Fonts Blog. Since we’re discussing this feature today at Google I/O, we’d like to share this news with Google Code Blog readers as well.

    Oftentimes, when you want to use a web font on your website or application, you know in advance which letters you’ll need. This often occurs when you’re using a web font in a logo or heading.

    That’s why we’re introducing a new beta feature to the Google Web Fonts API. The
  • Google Prediction API helps all apps to adapt and learn
    May 10, 2011

    By Travis Green, Product Manager

    Now your apps can get smarter with as little as a single line of code. They can learn to continually adapt to changing conditions and to integrate new information. This week at Google I/O, we’re making the Google Prediction API generally available, meaning you can create apps with these capabilities for yourself. Additionally, we’re introducing several significant new features, including:
    • The ability to stream data and tune your predictive models
    • A forthcoming gallery of user-developed, pre-built models

  • Sign Up for the Geo Teachers Institute
    May 10, 2011
    [Cross-posted from the Google Lat Long Blog]
    For years, Google's geo products have been identified as a powerful learning toolkit that can help students conceptualize, visualize, share, and communicate information about the world around them.

    This fall, we will host two Google Geo Teachers Institutes: September 23 and 24, 2011 in Washington DC at National Geographic Headquarters and September 26 and 27, 2011 at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston, Maine.
    This event is a free professional development

  • We appreciate your interest
    May 10, 2011
    Thanks to everyone who has been a loyal reader of this blog. After some consideration, we recognize that we're not generating enough content here to warrant your time, so we won't be posting here any longer. We encourage you to visit the Product Ideas page at productideas to leave your feedback for Google Groups.
    Lasse Wassermann, The Product Ideas team

  • Benetech: enabling reading for all
    May 10, 2011

    By by Gerardo Capiel, VP of Engineering, Benetech

    This post is part of Who's at Google I/O, a series of guest blog posts written by developers who are appearing in the Developer Sandbox at Google I/O.

    Benetech is a different kind of technology company, where we measure our success not on ROI, but Return to Humanity. Benetech is a non-profit organization that builds software solutions to address large scale and global social needs in literacy, human rights and the environment. Many of our software solutions are delivered
  • Introducing the Product Connect plugin for Google SketchUp
    May 10, 2011
    Recently, our friends (and official Partners) at Igloo Studios released their Product Connect plugin for SketchUp. The plugin is designed to help you get more out of product models stored in the 3D Warehouse.

    3D models which are “Product Connect-enabled” are rich with information; they can include SKUs, website links, dimensions and in some cases, pricing information and environmental statistics. After adding these PC-enabled models to your SketchUp project, you can use the Product Connect plugin to export the metadata as an organized

  • Accelerating diversity outreach to businesses in local communities
    May 10, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Google Small Business Blog)

    This is the latest post in our series profiling entrepreneurial Googlers working on products across the company and around the world. Here, business development manager Chris Genteel tells how Googlers across the U.S. are diversifying our marketing and sales outreach efforts to help communities of minority-owned small businesses around the country build an online presence. - Ed.

    In May 2009, a team of Googlers and I attended the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference near our office
  • doubleTwist’s Adventures in NFC Land
    May 10, 2011

    By Jason LeBrun, Senior Android Engineer at doubleTwist

    This post is part of Who's at Google I/O, a series of guest blog posts written by developers who are appearing in the Developer Sandbox at Google I/O.One of the most exciting aspects of Google's Android platform is the rapid release pace, so support for cutting-edge technologies can be included in the platform early on. As engineers, we're excited about such features, because we like to tinker and test the limits of new technologies. But the real challenge is using these

  • Google Storage for Developers open to all, with new features
    May 10, 2011

    By Navneet Joneja, Product Manager

    For those of you who have been waiting to use Google Storage, we’re happy to announce that effective immediately, you can get a Google Storage for Developers account without needing to request an invitation.

    We’ve also launched several significant enhancements to the service, including more flexible and powerful security features, simplified sharing, the ability to store data in Europe, support for larger objects (up to 5 TB), team-oriented accounts and a completely free promotional tier.

  • The Go programming language is coming to Google App Engine
    May 10, 2011
    By David Symonds, Nigel Tao, and Andrew Gerrand of the Go Team

    The growing ranks of Go programmers will soon have another platform: Go will be the third language, after Python and Java, in which to write Google App Engine apps. This is an exciting new experimental feature of App Engine and a major milestone for Go.

    Go is an open source language, initially designed at Google, that was released in November 2009 and has seen significant development since launch. It is a statically typed, compiled language with a dynamic and lightweight feel
  • Making stories with social media and YouTube videos
    May 10, 2011

    By Xavier Damman, co-founder of Storify

    This post is part of Who's at Google I/O, a series of guest blog posts written by developers who are appearing in the Developer Sandbox at Google I/O.

    Storify is part of the Google I/O Sandbox. Please come say hi to find out more about how you can leverage our APIs so your users can remix your content to create stories to share on social networks.

    Storify provides a super simple drag and drop user experience to create stories using elements from the web: tweets, YouTube videos
  • The $300 House Challenge
    May 10, 2011
    Recently, the gang at SketchUp received a very interesting phone call from a gentleman named Christian Sarkar. He had initiated a challenge to see if someone could design a radically affordable $300 house for the poorest of the poor. At first, we were skeptical, but Christian’s passion, thoughtfulness and vision won us over and we thought SketchUppers were just the group up to this task. So here goes:

    The challenge:
    Design a simple dwelling that can be constructed for under $300 which keeps a family safe, allows them to sleep at night, gives

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