Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New About Google - 21 June 2011

  • YouTube Town Hall: members of Congress answer your questions on education, immigration and the economy
    June 20, 2011
    Since we launched the YouTube Town Hall,
    an online platform for members of Congress to debate and discuss the
    most important issues of the day, representatives and citizens alike
    have actively used the site. Twenty-five members of Congress submitted
    videos across the six initial topics, and people watched these videos
    more than 1.1 million times. You cumulatively submitted more than
    115,000 votes, and it was Tom Udall’s video, “
    Time for Afghanistan Transition”, that ended the month at the top of the YouTube Town Hall Leaderboard

  • App Engine 1.5.1 Release
    June 20, 2011
    It’s been about a month since Google I/O 2011, so we thought it was time for another release. This month we are releasing ProtoRPC as an official Python API, making the High Replication Datastore (HRD) available in the SDK to help developers better understand the consistency model, adding presence to the Channel API, plus a few more goodies. Check them out below:

    Serving Changes

    • Geolocation Header: App Engine will now include a header with every client request that represents a best-effort attempt to identify the country from which the

  • Life in a Day: request a screening, create a trailer and more
    June 20, 2011
    Today, we’ve got some exciting updates from editor Joe Walker and Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald about Life in a Day, the documentary shot by YouTube users about a single day on Earth.

    First, as we previously announced, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the film’s making, there will be a sneak-peek premiere in cities across the US on July 24, five days before National Geographic begins to release the film in theaters nationwide. If you want Life in a Day to play in your town, visit the Life in a Day channel and request a
  • Visualization Meetup at the Googleplex
    June 20, 2011

    Earlier this month we were excited to host a joint meetup with the Bay Area visualization group and the Bay Area R user group at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View.

    Hadley Wickham from Rice University came and gave a talk on Interactive Graphics in R. Earlier in the day we were excited to host him for a Google Tech Talk on Engineering Data Analysis for the many internal Google teams using his ggplot2 software for visualization with R. The videos for both talks are available from YouTube.



    You may remember our previous

  • Thousands of “hackers for good” build applications for humanity
    June 20, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the Google.org Blog)

    Earlier this month, thousands of “hackers for good” gathered in more than 19 different global locations—from Berlin to Nairobi, and Sydney to Sao Paulo—to participate in Random Hacks of Kindness #3. These teams are now off and running, working with NGO and government advisors to finish their applications for humanity.

    In partnership with Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and the World Bank, we founded RHoK in 2009 to build and support a community creating open source technology for crisis response. At RHoK
  • Things That Cannot Change
    June 20, 2011
    [This post is by Dianne Hackborn, whose fingerprints can be found all over the Android Application Framework — Tim Bray]
    Sometimes a developer will make a change to an application that has surprising results when installed as an update to a previous version — shortcuts break, widgets disappear, or it can’t even be installed at all. There are certain parts of an application that are immutable once you publish it, and you can avoid surprises by understanding them.

    Your package name and certificate

    The

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