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  • The New UBS Is A Lot Like The Old UBS
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:08:40 -0700
  • Wall Street extends gains, Dow up 1 percent
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:06:07 -0700
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks extended their gains with the Dow rising 1 percent on Wednesday as investors remained optimistic about progress on plans to lessen the euro zone's debt woes.

  • Amazon Debuts New Kindle Fire Tablet (Live)
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:03:28 -0700
  • Spotify And Facebook Could Take A Bite Out Of iTunes
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:01:20 -0700
  • Eat Your Racist Cupcakes and Count Your Blessings
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:00:56 -0700
  • When Is A Web Hacker Good For My Business?
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:00:24 -0700
    When you ask for it.
  • Charity Watch Auction in Monaco Raises $6.2M for MD Research
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:00:24 -0700
  • EUROPE INSPIRED RALLY
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:59:13 -0700
    U.S. stocks rose at Thursday's open, as investors were heartened by the latest positive development in Europe's debt crisis.
  • U.S. Investing: Are the Best Times Over?
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:55:12 -0700
    An elevated risk premium for stocks may be a buy signal, but only if you think the U.S. will shake off its economic difficulties
  • Chipotle Diners May Defect As Burritos Get Pricier, Stock Sinking To $276
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:54:50 -0700
  • Jobs Sputter as Laws and Regulators Go Wild
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:53:50 -0700
    John Boehner will never match President Obama’s rhetorical ability, but that doesn’t mean the House Speaker can’t deliver a good speech. What Boehner lacks in style he makes up for in genuineness and common sense shaped by his small business background. A case in point was the Speaker’s address to the Washington Economic Club this month, during which he advised Obama to fire his Cabinet members if they continue to stymie job creation through regulatory overreach.
  • Emirates Adds U.S. Routes to Revive Challenge Halted by 9/11
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:49:01 -0700
    Emirates, the biggest international airline, will add flights to Seattle and Dallas in a revival of plans to establish a major route network to the world’s largest economy that it shelved after the 2001 terror attacks.
  • The Problem With Green Taxation
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:44:58 -0700
    The problem with green taxation, a tax on carbon emissions say, is neatly encapsulated in this story:
    George Osborne’s plans to push up air passenger duty by around 10 per cent is driving foreign tourists away and undermining David Cameron’s Great Britain campaign, tourism chiefs have warned.
    The theory behind such taxes is impeccable. Some of the things we do have effects, those effects not being included in hte price we pay to do those things. So called "externalities", things external to hte price system we use to take our decisions.
  • The Problem With Green Taxation
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:44:58 -0700
    The problem with green taxation, a tax on carbon emissions say, is neatly encapsulated in this story: George Osborne's plans to push up air passenger duty by around 10 per cent is driving foreign tourists away and undermining David Cameron's Great Britain campaign, tourism chiefs have warned. The theory behind such taxes is impeccable. Some ...
  • Protesters plan to occupy London Stock Exchange
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:43:13 -0700
    A group of protesters are organising an occupation of the London Stock Exchange to bring attention to what they see as unethical behaviour on the part of banks, following a similar demonstration on Wall Street.

  • VIDEO: 'Fairness' case for EU finance tax
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:42:55 -0700
    The BBC's Jamie Robertson on the European Commission president's call for a finance transaction tax - and Boeing's new Dreamliner.
  • 3 Technical Indicators to Start Using Today
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:42:37 -0700
    Moving averages, the relative strength index, and stochastics can improve your market-timing decisions, recommends Dave Whitmore. In part one of his interview with MoneyShow.com, he also discusses the importance of having a clear strategy every time you enter a trade, and of understanding your own risk tolerance. Listen to the complete interview here. Kate Stalter: ...
  • Spotify Tries To Soothe Angry Users Over Facebook Conditions
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:42:07 -0700
    Comes as users revolt on requirement for new users to have Facebook account.
  • Alaska Airlines Gets Social With Facebook, Stock Looks Friendly
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:40:47 -0700
    The app intends to leverage the benefits of 'social travel,' which typically entails sharing travel experiences and information with friends through social networking sites. We have a $68 price estimate for Alaska Airlines, which is about 20% ahead of the current market price.
  • Caterpillar Faces Macro Risks But Stock Should Be $116
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:36:28 -0700
    Amid heightened uncertainty around the European debt crisis and sluggish U.S. growth, we believe we could see a meaningful slowing in Caterpillar's business in the second half of the year. Nonetheless, our $116 price estimate for Caterpillar stock is about 40% above market price.
  • Best Buy To Hire Far Fewer Holiday Temps In 2011
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:36:00 -0700
  • Best Buy To Hire Far Fewer Holiday Temps In 2011
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:36:00 -0700
    Best Buy will hire only 15,000 seasonal workers this for this year?s holiday shopping season, down from 29,000 last year, CEO Brian Dunn told Reuters, and is counting on overtime hours for regular staff to bridge the gap. Dunn said the company is not counting on getting a big boost this year from the Christmas ...
  • Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire Takes on iPad
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:35:59 -0700
    First it was Earth's Largest Bookstore. Now, with the new Kindle Fire, Amazon's Jeff Bezos is making his boldest move yet
  • EU Stiffens Deficit, Debt Rules to Prevent Further Crises
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:35:03 -0700
    The European Union toughened the enforcement of rules to control budget deficits in a bid to prevent a repetition of the Greece-triggered debt crisis that threatens the euro and global growth.
  • Amazon Tablet: Apple Will Be Fine, But Netflix Is Another Story
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:34:35 -0700
  • Amazon Tablet: Apple Will Be Fine, But Netflix Is Another Story
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:34:35 -0700
    If you?ve skimmed the news yesterday and today about Amazon?s expected tablet announcement, you?ve noticed that nearly everyone is pointing to Apple?s iPad as they key competitive target. That might be true, but I don?t expect Cupertino lost much sleep last night. Apple is accustomed to less expensive and more open-sourced (RE: Android) mobile devices ...
  • The Death of Flash and the Quiet Triumph of Open Standards
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:34:35 -0700
    Yesterday I noticed this story about a web startup called SlideShare ditching Flash (a proprietary plugin provided by Adobe) in favor of HTML 5 (a set of open web standards that have recently been adopted by the major browsers). One announcement by an obscure startup is hardly news. But the announcement is part of a ...
  • Madoff, L.A. Dodgers, Hussey, Lehman, Solyndra: Bankruptcy
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:34:02 -0700
    New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon failed to win dismissal of the entire $1 billion lawsuit filed against him by the trustee liquidating Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Inc.
  • Japan Ready to Help Greece
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:33:11 -0700
    Japan's Finance Minister Jun Azumi told media on a news conference on Tuesday that Japanese government is ready to take measures to relieve some of Europe's mounting debts, reports NHK World News.
  • World markets muddled ahead of Germany vote
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:32:23 -0700
    World markets were weak on Wednesday, backing off from the prior session's rally as member nations of the European Union haggled over expanding the bailout fund for Greece.
  • ‘Bad romance’ hurts net singles
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:32:04 -0700
    Over 200,000 people in the UK may have fallen victim to criminals who woo them online in order to steal their money.
  • Sony Moves Gingerly Into Medical Diagnostics Space
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:31:30 -0700
    This seems worth noting: Japanese tech giant Sony purchased a company focused on diagnostic devices that can be used in doctors offices or hospitals, as opposed to sending the samples away to a laboratory like those run by LabCorp. No matter how much the regulatory bars of the medical business seem to rise, there always seem to be more companies trying to get in.
  • Sony Moves Gingerly Into Medical Diagnostics Space
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:31:30 -0700
    This seems worth noting: Japanese tech giant Sony purchased a company focused on diagnostic devices that can be used in doctors offices or hospitals, as opposed to sending the samples away to a laboratory like those run by LabCorp. No matter how much the regulatory bars of the medical business seem to rise, there always ...
  • UAW nears OK of GM deal
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:31:06 -0700
    DETROIT (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers union looks set to announce approval of its labor contract with General Motors Co on Wednesday as more than half the local bargaining units have voted in favor of the four-year deal.

  • Comex Gold Trading Near Steady as Market Pauses, Consolidates Recent High Volatility
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:30:14 -0700
    (Kitco News) ? Comex December gold futures prices are trading around unchanged levels Wednesday morning as traders are pausing a bit to let the market consolidate the recent big daily price swings. The key ?outside markets? are also not straying too far from steady price levels Wednesday morning, as the U.S. dollar index is slightly ...
  • European Stocks Slide, Snapping Three-Day Rally; Man Group Sinks
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:28:03 -0700
    European stocks fell, snapping the biggest three-day rally in 16 months, after a report that some countries are demanding private creditors take bigger writedowns on Greek bonds.
  • Apple Reportedly To Axe The iPod Classic, iPod Shuffle
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:27:53 -0700
    Apple is planning to kill off the iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle later this year, according to the Apple news site TUAW.com. The piece, which gives no sourcing for the story (other than to say it isn?t coming from an analyst), notes that the Classic uses a hard drive, while Apple is transiting to flash-based ...
  • Korean Wind Farm Helps Shipyards Challenge Siemens
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:26:02 -0700
    South Korea’s investment in a 9.2 trillion won ($8.4 billion) offshore wind farm may help domestic shipbuilders challenge Siemens AG and Vestas Wind Systems A/S in the global turbine market.
  • Stock Market Pandemic
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:24:47 -0700
  • Stock Market Pandemic
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:24:47 -0700
    There?s a pandemic in the stock market right now, and nobody?s seeing it.?? Unfortunately, it may have already impacted you. It affects all levels of equities.?? However, it is most pronounced in relation to penny stocks, because they are thinly traded, and much more susceptible to manipulation. The pandemic I am speaking about comes in ...
  • China Massively Imports Soy and Rapeseed Oil to Grow More
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:23:57 -0700
    China's massive importation of soybean and rapeseed oil, including palm, is seen to cause a global imbalance in the production and supply chain of the commodity, Hamburg-based researcher Oil World said.
  • Demand for U.S. Capital Goods Rises by Most in Three Months
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:20:03 -0700
    Orders for U.S. capital goods climbed in August by the most in three months a sign business investment continues to support the recovery.
  • EU Proposes Financial-Transactions Tax to Start in 2014
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:20:02 -0700
    The European Union proposed a financial-transactions tax that would take effect in 2014 and raise about 57 billion euros ($78 billion) a year, prompting renewed opposition from the U.K.
  • Felixstowe opens new port berths
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:18:41 -0700
    The Port of Felixstowe formally opens the UK's first shipping berths capable of taking the next generation of giant container ships.
  • Ready, Aim, Rally: Stocks Eye Another Advance
    Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:15:34 -0700
    Markets moving higher again despite dip in durable goods, no concrete resolution in Europe.
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New About Google-28 september 2011

  • Making conversations on Orkut easier
    September 28, 2011
    Have you ever been surprised to learn that someone commented on a video you posted but you did not noticed it? Well, some of us have also been that and we wanted to fix it it.

    Today we are launching four improvements for most Orkut users:

    1. A new page called “conversations”, which shows new scraps you get, new replies or comments to conversations you have participated on: videos you shared, scraps you’ve posted and photos you’ve commented on.

    2. An indication of items you haven’t read yet. You’ll see a small box to the right of the labels “conversations”, “reminders” and “scraps”. Those will let you know that you should check those pages for updates. Once you enter the page you’ll see a small colored mark to the left of the items that you haven’t read yet. Simply opening those pages will automatically mark those items as read.

    And, due to that, we are also making two small changes:

    3. Bye, bye yellow ribbon on the top of the updates. As you saw, we resolved it with a much nicer solution.

    4. We aren’t showing comments on scraps you sent in your scrap page anymore. You’ll be able to see them in your conversation page, which is private to you.

    Those changes should reach all users by the end of this week. We really hope you like them!

    Posted by Debora Silva, Software Engineer

  • Trying on the new Dynamic Views from Blogger
    September 27, 2011
    As you may have noticed, the Google SketchUp blog looks a lot different today. That’s because we—along with a few other Google blogs—are trying out a new set of Blogger templates called Dynamic Views.

    Launched today, Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that makes it easier and faster for readers to explore blogs in interactive ways. We’re using the Magazine view, but you can also preview this blog in any of the other six new views by using the view selection bar at the top left of the screen.



    We’re eager to hear what you think about the new Dynamic Views. You can submit feedback using the “Send feedback” link on the bottom right of this page, or visit our discussion group.

    If you like what you see here, and we hope you do, we encourage you to try out the new look(s) on your own blog—read the Blogger Buzz post for more info.


  • Music Tuesday: Nirvana, Katy B and Rock in Rio
    September 27, 2011
    It’s never been a better time to be a music lover. Whether you’re looking for an intimate glimpse of an up-and-coming star, an orchestral take on hard rock songs, or a place to watch major stars perform live -- we’ve got it all this week.

    Nirvana’s Nevermind Turns 20
    Is this the album that launched a thousand flannel shirts (or, ahem, quite a few more)? In a word, yes. Seattle’s grunge scene had been bubbling quietly until “Smells Like Teen Spirit” began making forays into late-night play on alternative radio stations around the country back in 1991. Then Nevermind released, grunge became a household world and suddenly all kinds of bands were aping the loud-quiet-loud dynamic the Pixies invented and Kurt Cobain so successfully emulated. Two decades have not diminished the album’s power, nor its hold on the popular imagination. We’ve got the entire album in various forms for you today.



    Rock in Rio: Live
    While folks in the northern hemisphere have been obsessing over the fact that grunge is nearly old enough to vote, people in Brazil have been rocking out. Repeatedly. Rock in Rio is one of the world’s biggest music festivals, one of the few multi-weekend extravaganzas where you could find Katy Perry, Rihanna and Elton John -- all on the same night. Last weekend, the rest of the world was able to watch the event live for the first time ever on the festival channel. The party starts up again this Thursday, September 29 with performances by Janelle Monae, Ke$ha, Stevie Wonder and more. Tune in!



    Katy B “Power On Me”
    The dubstep vocalist and burgeoning British pop star is storming the charts in Europe, and she’s poised to make waves in the U.S. this autumn. But for all Katy B’s high-energy dance cred, indie filmmakers Dig For Fire uncovered something much less bombastic in this acoustic video: her raw talent. The video quietly portrays the alienation of the publicity circuit -- we see her in photos shoots and makeup sessions -- and then perches on the edge of Katy B’s hotel bed one morning as she sings along to her own recording. It may not sound like much, but it’s strangely transporting.



    Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “The Pixies - Gigantic.”

  • Trying on the new Dynamic Views from Blogger
    September 27, 2011
    As you may have noticed, the Google Voice blog looks a lot different today. That’s because we—along with a few other Google blogs—are trying out a new set of Blogger templates called Dynamic Views.

    Launched today, Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that makes it easier and faster for readers to explore blogs in interactive ways. We’re using the Classic view, but you can also preview this blog in any of the other six new views by using the view selection bar at the top left of the screen.



    We’re eager to hear what you think about the new Dynamic Views. You can submit feedback using the “Send feedback” link on the bottom right of this page, or just send us a message.

    If you like what you see here, and we hope you do, we encourage you to try out the new look(s) on your own blog—read the Blogger Buzz post for more info.


  • Trying on the new Dynamic Views from Blogger
    September 27, 2011
    As you may have noticed, the Docs blog looks a lot different today. That’s because we—along with a few other Google blogs—are trying out a new set of Blogger templates called Dynamic Views.

    Launched today, Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that makes it easier and faster for readers to explore blogs in interactive ways. We’re using the Classic view, but you can also preview this blog in any of the other six new views by using the view selection bar at the top left of the screen.



    We’re eager to hear what you think about the new Dynamic Views. You can submit feedback using the “Send feedback” link on the bottom right of this page.

    If you like what you see here, and we hope you do, we encourage you to try out the new look(s) on your own blog—read the Blogger Buzz post for more info.


  • Trying on the new Dynamic Views from Blogger
    September 27, 2011
    As you may have noticed, the Gmail blog looks a lot different today. That’s because we—along with a few other Google blogs—are trying out a new set of Blogger templates called Dynamic Views.

    Launched today, Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that makes it easier and faster for readers to explore blogs in interactive ways. We’re using the Classic view, but you can also preview this blog in any of the other six new views by using the view selection bar at the top left of the screen.



    We’re eager to hear what you think about the new Dynamic Views. You can submit feedback using the “Send feedback” link on the bottom right of this page.

    If you like what you see here, and we hope you do, we encourage you to try out the new look(s) on your own blog—read the Blogger Buzz post for more info.


  • Dynamic Views: seven new ways to share your blog with the world
    September 27, 2011
    As we said a few weeks ago when we launched a completely rebuilt, streamlined authoring and editing experience, we’re in the process of bringing you a much improved and modernized Blogger. The next phase of these updates starts today with seven new ways to display your blog, called Dynamic Views.

    Built with the latest in web technology (AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3), Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that will inspire your readers to explore your blog in new ways. The interactive layouts make it easier for readers to enjoy and discover your posts, loading 40 percent faster than traditional templates and bringing older entries to the surface so they seem fresh again.


    Dynamic Views is much more than just new templates. With just a couple clicks, you’ll get infinite scrolling (say goodbye to the “Older posts” link), images that load as you browse, integrated search, sorting by date, label and author, lightbox-style posts for easy viewing, keyboard shortcuts for quickly flipping through posts, and one-click sharing to Google+ and other social sites on every post.


    No two blogs are the same, so you can choose from seven different views that display text and photos differently. For example, if you have lots of photos on your blog, you may prefer Flipcard or Snapshot. If your blog is more text-heavy, then Classic, Sidebar (what you’re seeing now on Blogger Buzz) or Timeslide may be preferable. Here’s a quick description of each of the new views, along with links to some of our favorite blogs where you can check each of them out in action.
    • Classic (Gmail): A modern twist on a traditional template, with infinite scrolling and images that load as you go
    • Flipcard (M loves M) - Your photos are tiled across the page and flip to reveal the post title
    • Magazine (Advanced Style) - A clean, elegant editorial style layout 
    • Mosaic (Crosby’s Kitchen) - A mosaic mix of different sized images and text
    • Sidebar (Blogger Buzz Blog) - An email inbox-like view with a reading page for quick scrolling and browsing
    • Snapshot (Canelle et Vanille) - An interactive pinboard of your posts 
    • Timeslide (The Bleary-Eyed Father) - A horizontal view of your posts by time period
    Enter the name of your favorite Blogger blog below and click Preview to check it out with Dynamic Views.
    .blogspot.com

    Adding a Dynamic View to your blog is as easy as changing your template. Log in to Blogger, click on the Template tab on your dashboard, and select whichever view you want to set as your default. Note that readers can still choose to navigate your blog in a different view by selecting from the pulldown in the upper left of the screen.

    If you want to add your own touch to any of these new views, you can upload a header image and customize the background colors. We’ll be adding more ways to customize Dynamic Views in the coming weeks.

    We hope you enjoy the latest update to Blogger, and that, as always, you tell us what you think by completing this short survey.

    Note: In addition to Blogger Buzz, several other official Google blogs will be featuring Dynamic Views through the weeks and months ahead, including the Gmail Blog, LatLong Blog and Docs Blog. We’re excited to bring Dynamic Views into the fold and we'll be looking at how to incorporate this new technology across Google’s blog network in the long term.

    (Cross-posted from Blogger Buzz)

    Update 7:31pm: We've added back a working link to submit your feedback.
    Update 6:00pm: Earlier today, this post included a link to a feedback form. We do value your feedback and want to know what you think of this update; we'll have a feedback link up again soon.


  • It’s now easier to set up Google Analytics Site Search tracking for your Custom Search Engine
    September 27, 2011
    Google Analytics Site Search reports provide extensive data on how people search your site once they are already on it.  You can see initial searches, refinements, search trends, which pages they searched from, where they ended up, and conversion correlation.  In the past we admit that setup was a little challenging, but we’re happy to announce that now we’ve made it easy to setup Site Search tracking directly from your Custom Search Engine.

    If you are already a Google Analytics user (and your site has the Google Analytics tracking code on its pages), go to the Custom Search Engine management page, select your CSE’s control panel and click on Google Analytics from the left-hand menu.  We’ll display a list of your Google Analytics web properties so you can select one and tell us the query and category parameters that you want to track.


    Once you save your changes, we’ll generate a new code snippet.  Copy it from the Get Code page, paste it into your site and setup is complete!

       

     You can then access Site Search reports from the Content section of Google Analytics.

       

    Happy analyzing!  If needed, you can find help with setup here and an explanation of the differences between Google Analytics and Custom Search statistics here. Let us know what you think in our discussion forum.

    Posted by: Zhong Wang, Software Engineer

  • OpenIntents wraps up their first Google Summer of Code
    September 27, 2011


    This year was the first year OpenIntents participated in the Google Summer of Code. We are an open source organization which creates software for Android mobile phones and tablets, with special emphasis on interoperability with other software components.

    As an organization we’ve found involvement in the Google Summer of Code extremely rewarding. The students have been able to improve their skills and gain practical experience in the stages of a software project, our organization has benefited from the interest generated from the students’ work, and the wider community will continue to benefit from the code the students have delivered.

    We particularly enjoyed the international aspect of the program. All students, mentors, and co-mentors lived in different countries which did not prevent us from having a great time discussing the projects through Skype and live chat sessions. We received a great number of excellent proposals, from which two very different projects were chosen for the program.

    Elena Burceanu’s project aimed to enhance the Sensor Simulator. During the first weeks, the GUI was polished, both in appearance and through clever code restructuring. After enhancing the GUI the number of supported sensors was increased and now includes Android sensors for gyroscope and general rotation vector. Finally, a scenario simulator was added, which creates sensor output from a set of initial states and the ability to change the time intervals between them. The sensor’s values are smoothly interpolated between the key frames. The final product was released as version 2.0. The source code and documentation for Elena's project are now available to view.

    Andras Berke’s project consists of a new application called Historify which displays the user’s activities with others over a variety of communication methods (Voice, SMS, Facebook, etc.), and provides a method for third party applications to supply other activity events showing the interoperability of Android applications. During the summer Andras went through the whole application design process from the UI wireframes to a first beta release including documentation along the way. In addition, he provided demo applications to show how third party developers can interact with Historify. You can now view the source code and documentation from Andras' summer project.
    We hope to be involved with the Google Summer of Code again and would recommend involvement to any organization which meets the Google Summer of Code organization criteria.

    By Peli Oi, OpenIntents Organization Administrator

  • Integrate Google Web Font selection into your apps
    September 27, 2011

    By Jeremie Lenfant-Engelmann, Google Web Fonts Engineer

    We’ve received lots of requests from developers for a dynamic feed of the most recent web fonts offered via Google Web Fonts. Such a feed would ensure that you can incorporate Google Web Fonts into applications and menus dynamically, without the need to hardcode any URLs. The benefits of this approach are clear. As Google Web Fonts continues to add fonts, these fonts can become immediately available within your applications and sites.

    To address this need, we’ve built the Google Web Fonts Developer API, which provides a list of fonts offered via Google Web Fonts. Results can be sorted by alpha, date added, popularity, number of styles available, and trending (which is a measure of fonts growing rapidly in usage). Check out the documentation to get started.

    Some developers have helped us test this new API over the last few months, and the results are already public. Take a look at TypeDNA’s photoshop plugin as well as Faviconist, an app that makes generating favicons as simple as can be, and Google Web Fonts Families, a list of Google Web Fonts that have more than one style.

    We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

    Jeremie Lenfant-Engelmann is a Software Engineer on the Google Web Fonts team.

    Posted by Scott Knaster, Editor


  • Taking in more sun with Clean Power Finance
    September 27, 2011
    (Cross-posted from the Green Blog)

    This morning, at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF-West) in San Francisco, I announced a new $75 million investment to create an initial fund with Clean Power Finance that will help up to 3,000 homeowners go solar. This is our second investment in residential solar, and we’ve now invested more than $850 million overall to develop and deploy clean energy.

    As we said when we made our first residential solar investment, we think it makes a lot of sense to use solar photovoltaic (PV) technology—rooftop solar panels—to generate electricity right where you need it at home. It greens our energy mix by using existing roof space while avoiding transmission constraints, and it can be cheaper than drawing electricity from the traditional grid.

    Purchasing a solar system is a major home improvement, but the upfront cost has historically been one of the biggest barriers for homeowners. Solar installers across the country don’t always have the resources to find financing for customers, or the capital to provide it themselves. And for investors like Google, banks and others, it can be difficult to enter a fragmented solar market with many companies, and get connected to individual homeowners.

    That’s where Clean Power Finance comes in. They’ve developed an open platform that connects installers with investors like Google to provide financing to homeowners. Solar installers sign up with Clean Power Finance to get access to the company’s comprehensive sales solutions, including consumer financing from investors, like the Google fund. This enables installers to sell more systems and grow their business. The installer builds the system, the investor (in this case, Google) owns it, and homeowners pay a monthly payment for the system, at a price that’s often less than paying for energy from the grid. Maintenance and performance are taken care of by Clean Power Finance and its network of installers.


    Owned by Google, operated by Clean Power Finance and installed by American Vision Solar, the Colin family of Santa Clarita, Calif. has a 4.14 kW solar system

    This innovative and scalable model makes business sense for Google, Clean Power Finance, solar installers and homeowners too. We’re excited to be one of the first investors to partner with Clean Power Finance and enable the company to continue forging strong relationships with solar installers (like the ones they announced last week with SunLogic, California Solar Systems, American Vision Solar—learn more on Clean Power Finance’s website). By making financing more readily available, the Clean Power Finance platform has the potential to lower costs and accelerate adoption of solar energy.

    We’ve already installed a 1.6MW rooftop solar installation at the Googleplex back in 2007. Now, through Clean Power Finance and our previous investment this year, we’re hoping to have an even larger impact. We look forward to watching our funding help more than 10,000 homeowners generate clean electricity from the sun.


  • Meeting and collaborating with our Help Forum Top Contributors
    September 27, 2011
    A couple weeks ago, 32 AdSense Help Forum Top Contributors (TCs) from around the world came to our Mountain View headquarters for a two-day summit, along with almost 300 other product TCs. If you participate in our Help Forum, you've probably noticed the very visible presence of our TCs, who lead product discussions and help answer questions. During the summit, we spent a bit of time discussing opportunities for further collaboration, the development of the TC program and new ideas for Google Forum Communities.


    Here are some fun facts about the AdSense TCs:
    • There are 82 AdSense TCs worldwide.
    • TCs posted over 100K times in the last 12 months.
    • 8 of the TCs have posted more than 10K times in the Forum since they joined. We’d like to give a special mention to PeggyK of our English Help Forum, as she’s contributed an amazing 47,972 posts to date!
    Thanks to all of the TCs who were able to join us -- we truly enjoyed meeting everyone face-to-face. We appreciate all of the contributions our TCs make to the AdSense community, and look forward to continued collaboration with them going forward.

    Posted by Kateryna Malinovska, AdSense Team

  • European Commission President Barroso takes your questions on YouTube World View
    September 27, 2011
    Cross-posted from The Official Google Blog.

    Tomorrow, September 28, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will deliver his annual State of the Union Address. In these turbulent times, we wanted to give people a chance to make their voices heard and ask their questions about the EU. So we teamed up with broadcaster Euronews and invited President Barroso to answer your questions in a special, live YouTube World View interview that will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am Central European Time.

    Starting today, we invite you to submit your questions for President Barroso via youtube.com/worldview. Questions can be on any topic, from the Euro crisis and austerity measures to growth and jobs, from foreign policy and immigration to ethnic minority issues, human rights and the environment. You can ask written or video questions—and view and vote on other people’s questions—in any of the European Union’s languages, thanks to Google Translate.

    During the interview on October 6, hosted by Euronews anchor Alex Taylor, the President will answer a selection of the most popular questions, as determined by your votes. The interview will be streamed and broadcast in multiple languages on both YouTube and Euronews.



    President Barroso’s interview will be the first multi-lingual livecast in the World View series, which gives anyone with an Internet connection the ability to pose questions, vote on what’s most important to them and get answers directly from senior politicians and world leaders. President Barroso’s interview follows interviews with U.S. President Obama, President Kagame of Rwanda, U.K. Prime Minister Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

    Whatever your question, President Barroso wants to hear from you. Be sure to submit your question via the World View channel before midnight CET on Wednesday October 5.

    Al Verney, Head of Communications, Google Brussels, recently watched “The YouTube Interview with President Obama 2011.”

  • European Commission President Barroso takes your questions on YouTube World View
    September 27, 2011
    (Cross-posted on the YouTube Blog)

    Tomorrow, September 28, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will deliver his annual State of the Union Address. In these turbulent times, we wanted to give people a chance to make their voices heard and ask their questions about the EU. So we teamed up with broadcaster Euronews and invited President Barroso to answer your questions in a special, live YouTube World View interview that will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 10:00am Central European Time.

    Starting today, we invite you to submit your questions for President Barroso via youtube.com/worldview. Questions can be on any topic, from the Euro crisis and austerity measures to growth and jobs, from foreign policy and immigration to ethnic minority issues, human rights and the environment. You can ask written or video questions—and view and vote on other people’s questions—in any of the European Union’s languages, thanks to Google Translate.

    During the interview on October 6, hosted by Euronews anchor Alex Taylor, the President will answer a selection of the most popular questions, as determined by your votes. The interview will be streamed and broadcast in multiple languages on both YouTube and Euronews.



    President Barroso’s interview will be the first multi-lingual livecast in the World View series, which gives anyone with an Internet connection the ability to pose questions, vote on what’s most important to them and get answers directly from senior politicians and world leaders. President Barroso’s interview follows interviews with U.S. President Obama, President Kagame of Rwanda, U.K. Prime Minister Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

    Whatever your question, President Barroso wants to hear from you. Be sure to submit your question via the World View channel before midnight CET on Wednesday October 5.